If you live in the Arab world, you know millions here believe in a concept known as the "evil eye". Basically, it's something we all use to explain why bad things happen to us.
Over time, Arabs have developed a few creative ways to deal with the supposed vicious eyes. Here are a few of the most hilarious ones:
1. They put a "kharze zar2a" everywhere... literally
A blue bead on your nails = weapon against the evil eye.
2. And scatter protective seb7as in their homes
3. They wear the kharze as jewelry
4. And paint it on vehicles
It's already on everything else... so why not?
5. They knock on wood
After every compliment.
6. They spit on each other
Tof tof... kesh barra w b3eed (Spit spit... may evil be cast away)...
7. They use hand gestures
Yes... because that'll block an evil eye.
8. And use bukhoor as a form of protection
Better safe than sorry.
9. They say things like...
Words are powerful against the evil eye... or so do Arabs believe.
10. And this...
"There's a wooden rod in an evil eye... and tomorrow it'll be eaten by worms."
Pretty chilling if you ask us.
11. Not to forget this...
"May an evil eye be overturned."
12. They do a "sabbe" to break the evil eye off
Yes... they put lead in a pot and heat it up until it bursts. That's all you need to fend off an evil eye. Or so they say.