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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    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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    Four-Leaf Clover

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    If you accidentally find a four-leaf clover, it will bring you luck
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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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    Breaking a Mirror

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    If you break a mirror, you will have 7 years of bad luck
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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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    Bad News Comes in Threes

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    If two unlucky events occur in a short time, a third will happen soon
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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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    Beginner's Luck

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    Try out a new sport or game to experience the most success
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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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    Walking Under a Ladder

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    If you walk underneath a ladder, you will have bad luck
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    "Bless You"

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    Say "God Bless You" when someone sneezes to stop his soul from escaping / protect ... more
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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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    Horseshoes

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    A horseshoe hung with the ends pointing upward will collect good luck; mounted point-down, the ... 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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    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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    Friday the 13th

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

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

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    added by: Bootsdad
    If you walk around with only one shoe on, you will have bad luck
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    Owls

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    added by: zxray
    If you hear an owl, someone you know will die 
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    new! Wishing at 11:11

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    added by: carlybobarly
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