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The Superstitions You Secretly Believe  

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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.

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 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
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
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
Bad News Comes in Threes is listed (or ranked) 4 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
5
Crossing Your Fingers for Luck is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
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
"Bless You"
Say "God Bless You" when someone sneezes to stop his soul from escaping / protect him from the bubonic plague
8
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
Breaking a Mirror is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Breaking a Mirror
If you break a mirror, you will have 7 years of bad luck
10
The Wishbone is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
Walking Under a Ladder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Walking Under a Ladder
If you walk underneath a ladder, you will have bad luck
12
Don't Open An Umbrella Inside is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
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 
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Wishing at 11:11 is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
Itchy Palms Has to Do With Mon... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Itchy Palms Has to Do With Money
16
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
Horseshoes is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
Ears Are Burning is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Ears Are Burning
19
Gypsy Curses is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
Gypsy Curses
If a gypsy puts a curse on you, you will have bad luck
20
Black Cat Crossing Your Path is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Superstitions You Secretly Believe
22
The Number 13 is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
Rabbit's Foot is listed (or ranked) 23 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 
24
Your Rituals Have Power Over t... is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
Don't Step On a Crack is listed (or ranked) 25 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