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.
Knocking on WoodKnock on wood after a positive statement to avoid "tempting the fates" to do bad
Wishing on a StarWish on a star (ideally a shooting star) for the best chance that your wish will come true
Four-Leaf CloverIf you accidentally find a four-leaf clover, it will bring you luck
Bad News Comes in ThreesIf two unlucky events occur in a short time, a third will happen soon
Crossing Your Fingers for LuckIf you cross your fingers when you say something you hope will happen, it will come true
Lucky PennyFind a penny, pick it up: All day long, you'll have good luck! (Only works when penny is heads-up.)
The WishboneWhoever cracks the bigger piece of the turkey wishbone will have his wish come true
Don't Open An Umbrella InsideIf you open an umbrella indoors, you will have bad luck
Breaking a MirrorIf you break a mirror, you will have 7 years of bad luck
"Bless You"Say "God Bless You" when someone sneezes to stop his soul from escaping / protect him from the bubonic plague
Beginner's LuckTry out a new sport or game to experience the most success
Spilled SaltIf you spill salt, you will have bad luck unless you toss some over your left shoulder into the face of the Devil
Walking Under a LadderIf you walk underneath a ladder, you will have bad luck
Wishing at 11:11If you look at a clock when it is 11:11 and make a wish, it will come true
Itchy Palms Has to Do With Money
HorseshoesA horseshoe hung with the ends pointing upward will collect good luck; mounted point-down, the good luck will fall out
Ears Are Burning
Fortune CookiesIf you crack open a fortune cookie, the message inside will come true
Black Cat Crossing Your PathIf a black cat runs in front of you, you will have bad luck
Gypsy CursesIf a gypsy puts a curse on you, you will have bad luck
Rabbit's FootIf you carry around the foot of a dead rabbit, you will have good luck
The Number 13If you stay on the 13th floor of a hotel or have 13 guests around a table (for example), something terrible will happen
Bird in the House Is a Sign of DeathIf a bird got into my dog-filled house, it would be the bird's death.
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