Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

Wearing Green on Stage - Is It Really a Sign of Bad Luck?

While it is common knowledge that wearing green on stage brings bad luck, do you know the origins of this superstition? First of all, during the 18th century green dye contained arsenic, and Molière, the famous playwright, died while clad in green.

This legend dates back to the 18th century, a time when the green dye used in the traditional costumes of comedians contained arsenic. The heat generated by the lighting (candles) and the gesticulations of the performers caused a chemical reaction, leading to the poisoning of the actors. In fact, Molière was wearing the fateful green during his ultimate performance of the play "Malade Imaginaire" The Imaginary Invalid.

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