'99 Years of Bad Luck in 61 Seconds' Takes Superstitions Head-on

By: Laura McQuarrie - May 8, 2013
References: youtube & froot.nl
If you're superstitious, you may want to hold on to your lucky rabbit's foot while watching Buzzfeed's '99 Years of Bad Luck in 61 Seconds.' In just over a minute, the video depicts activities that are associated with bringing on bad luck like breaking mirrors, walking under ladders, opening umbrellas and stepping on a crack in the sidewalk. A running counter onscreen keeps tally of the total 99.66 years of bad luck accumulated throughout the video.

The video is cleverly set up and executed in a single take to continuously depict one activity after another, starting with superstitions that may bring only a little bit of bad luck, like spilling salt or pomegranate seeds. At the end, a frenzied smashing of mirrors brings on seven years of bad luck with each break. Hopefully bad luck will not befall the video's participants for the rest of their lives.