Italians can take superstition to the next level.
Avoiding walking under a ladder is pretty common, but things can get tricky when someone refuses to carry on driving because a black cat has just crossed their path.
To avoid “sfortuna,” or bad luck, one would make a substantial detour.
After tripping up, it is also common to go back on your steps and perform the action once more, without a fail this time.
My British friends often find this bewildering.