thought provoking The Superstitions You Secretly Believe  

analise.dubner
Originally by
53.4k votes 3.2k voters 75.8k views 41 items

List Rules 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.

list ordered by

1
1,746 591
Knocking on Wood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Knocking on Wood Knock on wood after a positive statement to avoid "tempting the fates" to do bad

2
1,515 591
Wishing on a Star is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Wishing on a Star Wish on a star (ideally a shooting star) for the best chance that your wish will come true

3
1,408 625
Four-Leaf Clover is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Four-Leaf Clover If you accidentally find a four-leaf clover, it will bring you luck

4
905 1,014
Breaking a Mirror is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Breaking a Mirror If you break a mirror, you will have 7 years of bad luck

5
1,365 773
Bad News Comes in Threes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Bad News Comes in Threes If two unlucky events occur in a short time, a third will happen soon

6
1,259 712
Lucky Penny is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Lucky Penny Find a penny, pick it up: All day long, you'll have good luck! (Only works when penny is heads-up.)

7
912 1,023
Don't Open An Umbrella Inside is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Don't Open An Umbrella Inside If you open an umbrella indoors, you will have bad luck

8
1,090 827
Beginner's Luck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Beginner's Luck Try out a new sport or game to experience the most success

9
968 451
Crossing Your Fingers for Luck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
memyselfandi added Crossing Your Fingers for Luck If you cross your fingers when you say something you hope will happen, it will come true

10
905 924
Walking Under a Ladder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Walking Under a Ladder If you walk underneath a ladder, you will have bad luck

11
1,198 726
"Bless You" Say "God Bless You" when someone sneezes to stop his soul from escaping / protect him from the bubonic plague

12
989 780
The Wishbone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
The Wishbone Whoever cracks the bigger piece of the turkey wishbone will have his wish come true

Bucket List for Couples

13
809 978
Spilled Salt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
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
591 992
Horseshoes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Horseshoes A horseshoe hung with the ends pointing upward will collect good luck; mounted point-down, the good luck will fall out

15
700 821
Wishing at 11:11 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
carlybobarly added Wishing at 11:11 If you look at a clock when it is 11:11 and make a wish, it will come true

16
551 1,036
Fortune Cookies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Clark Benson added Fortune Cookies If you crack open a fortune cookie, the message inside will come true

17
338 655
Gypsy Curses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Gypsy Curses If a gypsy puts a curse on you, you will have bad luck

The Best Qualities in a Man

18
532 1,165
Black Cat Crossing Your Path is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Black Cat Crossing Your Path If a black cat runs in front of you, you will have bad luck

19
333 1,206
Rabbit's Foot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Rabbit's Foot If you carry around the foot of a dead rabbit, you will have good luck 

20
599 1,031
The Number 13 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
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

21
320 448
Itchy Palms Has to Do With Mon... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Itchy Palms Has to Do With Money

22
109 105
Voodoo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Voodoo

Crimes You'd Commit (If You Could Get Away With It)

23
267 429
Ears Are Burning is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Ears Are Burning

24
81 127
Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Friday the 13th

25
192 95
Never play the Ouija Board Alo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Exotickitten731 added Never play the Ouija Board Alone.

26
173 93
Never use an Ouija Board in a ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Exotickitten731 added Never use an Ouija Board in a Graveyard

27
210 579
Your Rituals Have Power Over t... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Your Rituals Have Power Over the Outcome of Sporting Events If you wear your lucky hat or jersey or sit in your lucky chair, your team will have a better chance of winning

The Best Qualities in a Woman

28
381 1,136
Don't Step On a Crack is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Buster McDermott added Don't Step On a Crack If you step on a sidewalk crack, you will break your mother's back

29
188 767
Dogs Howling at Night is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Dogs Howling at Night Dogs are in tune with the supernatural, so if they howl, it's a bad omen 

30
154 476
How You Start Your Year Is How... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
How You Start Your Year Is How You Will End It

31
260 1,130
Shoes on the Table is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Shoes on the Table Placing shoes on a table will bring you bad luck

32
105 125
Never take your finger off the... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Exotickitten731 added Never take your finger off the Ouija board, it invites dark spirits to cross into our realm.

Popular Things You're Just Not Interested In

33
70 534
Bad Luck to Put a Hat On a Bed is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Bad Luck to Put a Hat On a Bed

34
239 1,127
Purse On the Floor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
HoserUSC added Purse On the Floor If you put a purse on the floor, you will stay or go broke

35
181 1,191
Owls Hooting is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
zxray added Owls Hooting If you hear an owl, someone you know will die

36
94 485
Bird in the House Is a Sign of... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Bird in the House Is a Sign of Death If a bird got into my dog-filled house, it would be the bird's death.

37
13 34
All the Mirrors in a House Whe... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
brooke_27 added All the Mirrors in a House Where Someone Recently Died Must Be CoveredĀ 

The soul doesn't "leave" permanently only after 40 days and may get trapped within the mirror

38
103 1,177
Walking in One Shoe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Bootsdad added Walking in One Shoe If you walk around with only one shoe on, you will have bad luck

39
4 37
Open scissors on bed is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
brooke_27 added Open scissors on bed

If you leave a pair of scissors open on your bed, you cut your own thread of life

40
3 39
Never Offer Candles as a Gift is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
brooke_27 added Never Offer Candles as a Gift

Candles are said to foretell the receiver's funeral

41
3 39
If You Are Offered Perfume as ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
brooke_27 added If You Are Offered Perfume as a Gift, Give Back a Coin