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The Superstitions You Secretly Believe

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
    2,825
    868

    Knocking On Wood

    Knock on wood after a positive statement to avoid "tempting the fates" to do bad
  • 2
    2,472
    874

    Wishing On A Star

    Wish on a star (ideally a shooting star) for the best chance that your wish will come true
  • 3
    2,322
    867

    Four-Leaf Clover

    If you accidentally find a four-leaf clover, it will bring you luck
  • 4
    2,138
    1,171

    Bad News Comes In Threes

    If two unlucky events occur in a short time, a third will happen soon
  • 5
    1,807
    1,095

    "Bless You"

    Say "God Bless You" when someone sneezes to stop his soul from escaping / protect him from the bubonic plague
  • 6
    1,890
    810
    memyselfandi added

    Crossing Your Fingers For Luck

    If you cross your fingers when you say something you hope will happen, it will come true
  • 7
    1,674
    1,151

    Beginner's Luck

    Try out a new sport or game to experience the most success
  • 8
    1,493
    1,446

    Don't Open An Umbrella Inside

    If you open an umbrella indoors, you will have bad luck
  • 9
    1,409
    1,519

    Breaking A Mirror

    If you break a mirror, you will have 7 years of bad luck
  • 10
    1,920
    1,064

    Lucky Penny

    Find a penny, pick it up: All day long, you'll have good luck! (Only works when penny is heads-up.)
  • 11
    1,313
    1,389

    Walking Under A Ladder

    If you walk underneath a ladder, you will have bad luck
  • 12
    1,190
    1,401

    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 
  • 13
    1,493
    1,167

    The Wishbone

    Whoever cracks the bigger piece of the turkey wishbone will have his wish come true
  • 14
    1,306
    1,203
    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
  • 15
    775
    1,057

    Ears Are Burning

    If your ears are burning, someone is talking about you

  • 16
    444
    1,762

    Rabbit's Foot

    If you carry around the foot of a dead rabbit, you will have good luck 
  • 17
    940
    1,097

    Itchy Palms

    Itchy palms mean you might soon gain or lose money

  • 18
    881
    1,397

    Horseshoes

    A horseshoe hung with the ends pointing upward will collect good luck; mounted point-down, the good luck will fall out
  • 19
    757
    1,777

    Black Cat Crossing Your Path

    If a black cat runs in front of you, you will have bad luck
  • 20
    807
    1,551
    Clark Benson added

    Fortune Cookies

    If you crack open a fortune cookie, the message inside will come true
  • 21
  • 22
    248
    1,667
    zxray added

    Owls Hooting

    If you hear an owl, someone you know will die
  • 23
    186
    1,287

    Don't Put A Hat On A Bed

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

  • 24
    40
    217
    juan guerra added

    If you give a knife give a quarter

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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.