Though the death and injury rates for motorbikers in Nigeria are high, compliance with a helmet law is notoriously bad — because so many riders fear “juju,” which is the presence of supernatural spirits inside head coverings.
Juju supposedly captures a person’s brain and takes it away, leading most riders to “comply” with the helmet law by wearing only a thin cloth hat that spiritualists assure them will not allow “juju” to take hold (such as Ralph Ibuzo’s Original Lapa Guard, which, in addition to preventing brain disappearance also supposedly prevents disease).
Imagine the surprise when a burglar rummaging through the St. Benno Church in Munich, Germany, was suddenly attacked.
He had bent down to open the donation box, and just then, a statue of St. Antonius fell on top of him, momentarily knocking him to the floor and forcing him to flee empty-handed.
Larry Falter, the owner of a Superior, Wis., jewelry store and an elder in a local messianic church, began staging in November a “Second Coming” sale, supposedly to commemorate the Day of the Lord when Jesus returns, triggering the Apocalypse.
Among the responses by local residents: Why would anyone planning to be taken away need jewelry anyway, and, especially, why would Falter need to sell his jewelry instead of just giving it away?
Falter said that he owes money to people right now and is obliged to pay them back as best he can before departing.
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