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The Superstitions You Secretly Believe

Updated May 5, 2021 57.7k votes 6.4k voters 127.6k views24 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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    Knock on wood after a positive statement to avoid "tempting the fates" to do bad
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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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    If you accidentally find a four-leaf clover, it will bring you luck
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    If two unlucky events occur in a short time, a third will happen soon
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    Say "God Bless You" when someone sneezes to stop his soul from escaping / protect him from the bubonic plague
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    If you cross your fingers when you say something you hope will happen, it will come true
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    Try out a new sport or game to experience the most success
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    If you open an umbrella indoors, you will have bad luck
  • 9
    If you break a mirror, you will have 7 years of bad luck
  • 10
    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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    If you walk underneath a ladder, you will have bad luck
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    If you spill salt, you will have bad luck unless you toss some over your left shoulder into the face of the Devil 
  • 13
    Whoever cracks the bigger piece of the turkey wishbone will have his wish come true
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    carlybobarly added
    If you look at a clock when it is 11:11 and make a wish, it will come true
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    If your ears are burning, someone is talking about you

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    If you carry around the foot of a dead rabbit, you will have good luck 
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    Itchy palms mean you might soon gain or lose money

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    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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    If a black cat runs in front of you, you will have bad luck
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    Clark Benson added
    If you crack open a fortune cookie, the message inside will come true
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    zxray added
    If you hear an owl, someone you know will die
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    Don't leave your hat on a bed - it'll bring you bad luck

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