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The Superstitions You Secretly Believe

Updated November 24, 2020 56.1k votes 6.1k voters 119.6k views23 items

List RulesWidely-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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  • 1
    2,733
    831

    Knocking On Wood

    Knock on wood after a positive statement to avoid "tempting the fates" to do bad
  • 2
    2,386
    854

    Wishing On A Star

    Wish on a star (ideally a shooting star) for the best chance that your wish will come true
  • 3
    2,242
    837

    Four-Leaf Clover

    If you accidentally find a four-leaf clover, it will bring you luck
  • 4
    2,058
    1,139

    Bad News Comes In Threes

    If two unlucky events occur in a short time, a third will happen soon
  • 5
    1,811
    789

    Crossing Your Fingers For Luck

    If you cross your fingers when you say something you hope will happen, it will come true
  • 6
    1,886
    1,025

    Lucky Penny

    Find a penny, pick it up: All day long, you'll have good luck! (Only works when penny is heads-up.)
  • 7
    1,444
    1,145

    The Wishbone

    Whoever cracks the bigger piece of the turkey wishbone will have his wish come true
  • 8
    1,433
    1,424

    Don't Open An Umbrella Inside

    If you open an umbrella indoors, you will have bad luck
  • 9
    1,365
    1,483

    Breaking A Mirror

    If you break a mirror, you will have 7 years of bad luck
  • 10
    1,763
    1,044

    "Bless You"

    Say "God Bless You" when someone sneezes to stop his soul from escaping / protect him from the bubonic plague
  • 11
    1,642
    1,114

    Beginner's Luck

    Try out a new sport or game to experience the most success
  • 12
    1,263
    1,359

    Walking Under A Ladder

    If you walk underneath a ladder, you will have bad luck
  • 13
    1,170
    1,361

    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 
  • 14
    1,275
    1,173

    Wishing At 11:11

    If you look at a clock when it is 11:11 and make a wish, it will come true
  • 15
    903
    1,059

    Itchy Palms

    Itchy palms mean you might soon gain or lose money

  • 16
    801
    1,500

    Fortune Cookies

    If you crack open a fortune cookie, the message inside will come true
  • 17
    842
    1,378

    Horseshoes

    A horseshoe hung with the ends pointing upward will collect good luck; mounted point-down, the good luck will fall out
  • 18
    428
    1,710

    Rabbit's Foot

    If you carry around the foot of a dead rabbit, you will have good luck 
  • 19
    731
    1,721

    Black Cat Crossing Your Path

    If a black cat runs in front of you, you will have bad luck
  • 20
    728
    1,021

    Ears Are Burning

    If your ears are burning, someone is talking about you

  • 21
    181
    1,201

    Don't Put A Hat On A Bed

    Don't leave your hat on a bed - it'll bring you bad luck

  • 22
    235
    1,590

    Owls Hooting

    If you hear an owl, someone you know will die
  • 23
    21
    78

    If you give a knife give a quarter