The Superstitions You Secretly Believe Anything
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The Superstitions You Secretly Believe

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Breaking a Mirror If you break a mirror, you will have 7 years of bad luck

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

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

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

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

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

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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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    added by carlybobarly Wishing at 11:11

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

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

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

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    added by HoserUSC 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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    often listed & added by Bootsdad Walking in One Shoe If you walk around with only one shoe on, you will have bad luck

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    often listed & added by zxray Owls If you hear an owl, someone you know will die 

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    new! & added by memyselfandi Crossing Your Fingers for Luck

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    added by memyselfandi Holding Your Breath While Passing a Graveyard for Fear of Invading Spirits

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