The Superstitions You Secretly Believe Anything

The Superstitions You Secretly Believe

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List Criteria: Widely-held beliefs in supernatural causality - not ones you've made up yourself. No easily disproved old wives' tales.

What superstitions do you secretly believe? This superstitions list includes a lot of pretty common false beliefs that many superstitious people will recognize. Do you stop each day at 11:11 to make a wish? Do you find yourself throwing spilled salt over your shoulder without even stopping to consider why? Then you might be a superstitious person. Vote for the superstitions you secretly believe, vote down any that seem silly, and remember: You can always rerank this list in any order you want!

Common superstitions might not be based in actual fact, but that doesn't matter one bit to some: If we see a ladder, we're not walking under it. We will not, under any circumstances, open an umbrella indoors. And if a black cat crosses our path? We're pretty sure we're doomed. Superstitions, it seems, are strongly based in (often unfounded) fear - and a belief in luck. Is there such a thing as beginner's luck? If you find a four leaf clover, will your luck change?

If you're curious about how some of these superstitions came to be, check out this really interesting list of the 13 origins of the most common superstitions. You should also read and go vote on some of these superstition quotes and sayings.


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    Knocking on Wood Knock on wood after a positive statement to avoid "tempting the fates" to do bad

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    Wishing on a Star Wish on a star (ideally a shooting star) for the best chance that your wish will come true

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    Four-Leaf Clover If you accidentally find a four-leaf clover, it will bring you luck

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    Lucky Penny Find a penny, pick it up: All day long, you'll have good luck! (Only works when penny is heads-up.)

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    "Bless You" Say "God Bless You" when someone sneezes to stop his soul from escaping / protect him from the bubonic plague

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    Bad News Comes in Threes If two unlucky events occur in a short time, a third will happen soon

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    Beginner's Luck Try out a new sport or game to experience the most success

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    Breaking a Mirror If you break a mirror, you will have 7 years of bad luck

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    The Wishbone Whoever cracks the bigger piece of the turkey wishbone will have his wish come true

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    Don't Open An Umbrella Inside If you open an umbrella indoors, you will have bad luck

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    Crossing Your Fingers for Luck If you cross your fingers when you say something you hope will happen, it will come true

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    Walking Under a Ladder If you walk underneath a ladder, you will have bad luck

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    Spilled Salt If you spill salt, you will have bad luck unless you toss some over your left shoulder into the face of the Devil 

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    Friday the 13th When the 13th of the month lands on a Friday, bad things abound

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    Wishing at 11:11 If you look at a clock when it is 11:11 and make a wish, it will come true

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    Horseshoes A horseshoe hung with the ends pointing upward will collect good luck; mounted point-down, the good luck will fall out

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    The Number 13 If you stay on the 13th floor of a hotel or have 13 guests around a table (for example), something terrible will happen

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    Fortune Cookies If you crack open a fortune cookie, the message inside will come true

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    Black Cat Crossing Your Path If a black cat runs in front of you, you will have bad luck

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    Rabbit's Foot If you carry around the foot of a dead rabbit, you will have good luck 

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    Gypsy Curses If a gypsy puts a curse on you, you will have bad luck

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    Open Scissors If scissors remain open in a home, a fight will start

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    Don't Step On a Crack If you step on a sidewalk crack, you will break your mother's back

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    Dogs Howling at Night Dogs are in tune with the supernatural, so if they howl, it's a bad omen 

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    Purse On the Floor If you put a purse on the floor, you will stay or go broke

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    Shoes on the Table Placing shoes on a table will bring you bad luck

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    Owls Hooting If you hear an owl, someone you know will die

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    Walking in One Shoe If you walk around with only one shoe on, you will have bad luck

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