We, as humans, have certain fascinations with things that could not be explained and even do these things and traditions without questions. Some of them were passed from one generation to another, and they helped shape the traditions and culture of different places. But it’s not only our grandmothers and grandfathers who are superstitious. Believe it or not, the military is also a world full of superstitious beliefs that are different from the civilian world. For instance, have you heard about the Charms Candy in the official MRE packs that Marines believed to be the bearer of bad luck? (If you haven’t yet, you can read it here.) If you think that’s a bit questionable, check out these other ones:
The Dirtier Mug, The Better
Don’t you just hate it when your favorite coffee mug was left unwashed in the sink? Well, sailors don’t. In fact, they prefer their coffee mugs to be a tarry black inside so they just rinse them out after use. There wasn’t an exact explanation for this, although some believed that washing your coffee mug is like begging for Poseidon or Davy Jones to please sink me. Others say that it’s a sign of seniority, which translates to “the filthier your cup is, the more salty a sailor you are.”
While it is said that Chief Petty Officers “Run the Navy” but the Chiefs are fueled by piping hot coffee with the color and consistency of crude oil in a cup that is stained black. Rumor has it that you can pour hot water into a Chief’s seasoned mug and when you come back in five minutes it will have turned itself into coffee.
And you don’t dare to clean a seasoned mug belonging to someone else as One Reddit user called eegan1220 shared: