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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.

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

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    Knocking on Wood

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    Knock on wood after a positive statement to avoid "tempting the fates" to do bad
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    Beginner's Luck

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    Try out a new sport or game to experience the most success
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    Four-Leaf Clover

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    If you accidentally find a four-leaf clover, it will bring you luck
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    "Bless You"

    72
    Say "God Bless You" when someone sneezes to stop his soul from escaping / protect ... more
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    Wishing on a Star

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

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    Find a penny, pick it up: All day long, you'll have good luck! (Only works when penny is ... more
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    Bad News Comes in Threes

    67
    If two unlucky events occur in a short time, a third will happen soon
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    Don't Open An Umbrella Inside

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    If you open an umbrella indoors, you will have bad luck
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    the people's #1 &ranked high on reranks
    Breaking a Mirror

    65
    If you break a mirror, you will have 7 years of bad luck
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    The Wishbone

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    Whoever cracks the bigger piece of the turkey wishbone will have his wish come true
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    Spilled Salt

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    If you spill salt, you will have bad luck unless you toss some over your left shoulder into ... more
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    Walking Under a Ladder

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    If you walk underneath a ladder, you will have bad luck
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    Horseshoes

    51
    A horseshoe hung with the ends pointing upward will collect good luck; mounted point-down, the ... more
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    "Break a Leg"

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    added by: HoserUSC
    If you say "Good luck" to an actor, her performance will be ruined; say "break ... more
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    Rabbit's Foot

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    If you carry around the foot of a dead rabbit, you will have good luck 
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    Your Rituals Have Power Over the Outcome of Sporting Events

    39
    If you wear your lucky hat or jersey or sit in your lucky chair, your team will have a better ... more
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    Friday the 13th

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

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    If you stay on the 13th floor of a hotel or have 13 guests around a table (for example), ... more
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    new! Fortune Cookies

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    added by: Clark Benson
    If you crack open a fortune cookie, the message inside will come true
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    Don't Step On a Crack

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    added by: BusterMcDermott
    If you step on a sidewalk crack, you will break your mother's back
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    controversial
    Black Cat Crossing Your Path

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    If a black cat runs in front of you, you will have bad luck
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    often listed &controversial
    Purse On the Floor

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    added by: HoserUSC
    If you put a purse on the floor, you will stay or go broke
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    often listed
    Rally Caps

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    added by: HoserUSC
    Wear your team cap inside-out to help a team come back from behind and win the game
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    often listed
    Shoes on the Table

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    Placing shoes on a table will bring you bad luck
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    controversial
    Walking in One Shoe

    17
    added by: Bootsdad
    If you walk around with only one shoe on, you will have bad luck
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    Pat a Small Man On the Head for Good Luck

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    added by: HoserUSC
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    controversial
    Owls

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    added by: zxray
    If you hear an owl, someone you know will die 
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