Graveyard Shift

21 Bad Omens That Tell You Death Is Near  

Amber Fua
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Death is often a subject that is avoided by humans because it's uncomfortable to think about the inevitable. Not many people want to think about the eerily unknown afterlife or the creepy things that happen to their body after death. However, for some people, any portents of death are painfully enticing, as if the knowledge or warning could somehow help them escape mortality. These kinds of pre-death indicators are found across cultures and serve as signs of death for you or someone around you. 

While there are bad omens around the world that indicate bad luck, the darker ones foreshadow death. This list is a compilation of omens of death, from sensible signs to absolutely insane warnings. In case the universe sends you a sign, read on to learn about some everyday death omens. 

Death Crowns Can Be Found Inside Down Feather Pillows
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If you or someone you know with a down feather pillow falls ill, tear it open and check for a death crown. It may make you look absolutely insane, but it's better to be safe than sorry. The phenomena of death crowns have been most widely acknowledged in Appalachia. These “crowns” are often found in the pillows of ill people, and consist of crown-shaped masses of feathers.

They are most likely created by the tossing and turning of an ill person, but are viewed as omens of death. If one was discovered inside the pillow of an ill person, it was believed that the person would die within three days unless the feather crown was broken. While most death crowns in existence today have made their way into museums, the largest collection can be found within the Museum of Appalachia in Tennessee.

Black Butterflies Are Typically Regarded As A Symbol Of Death
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Butterflies are entrancing, but you should keep away from black butterflies unless you want to risk being doomed for death. While there are a few cultural discrepancies involving the symbolism of black butterflies, they are most often viewed as a sign of death. Generally, coming across a black butterfly in your house is supposed to indicate that a member of your household will soon die.

The details of this kind of encounter vary by region. For example, in Southern Texas, it is believed that a black butterfly must visit all four corners of the house to cause death, whereas in Mexico, the Black Witch Moth is believed to cause death just upon entering a home.

Halley's Comet Has Been Blamed For Much Death And Destruction
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Comets were often blamed for many different disasters and were ultimately regarded as doom or death omens. They aren't necessarily escapable, so take heed the next time you choose to stargaze. 

Halley’s Comet is a short-period comet that is typically only viewable every 75 years. For centuries, many people believed that comets such as this were messages from the gods themselves, heralding disasters due to their turbulent and unpredictable natures. Halley’s Comet alone was blamed for illness, red rain, earthquakes, and even the birth of multiple-headed animals in Switzerland. In England, Halley’s Comet was believed to have brought upon the Black Death.

Seeing An Apparition Or "Double" Of A Person Typically Symbolizes Death
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Unless you have a twin, seeing a doppelgänger of yourself is never a promising encounter. The word "doppelgänger" refers to the ghostly duplicate of a living person. Though the word is German, it is believed by many different cultures that a person is doomed to die if they see their own doppelgänger. 

It is said that Abraham Lincoln told his wife that as soon as he was elected president, he saw two of his own faces in the mirror. His wife then accurately predicted that the apparition meant that Lincoln would be elected to a second term and would not survive it.