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Top Nine Superstitions: Do You Believe Them?

Find a penny, put it in your shoe, and you’ll have good luck the whole day through. Did you ever try that and did it work?

Many years ago someone told my grandmother that elephants were lucky and she believed it. She was told that by having elephants in her house she would never be broke, she would always have money. She believed that too.

I can remember all the way back to my childhood, there was this big ceramic elephant that stood on her living room floor for several years until it somehow got broken (lucky elephant). My grandmother is still collecting elephants and continues to believe that elephants bring good luck and keep her from going broke.

When you walk into my grandmother’s house you will find a variety of different plants and elephants of all kinds everywhere (the pedestal of her dining room table happens to be, you got it, an elephant); the elephants are of different shapes, sizes, colors and some are crystal, some ceramic and I believe some are wooden. It’s definitely a jungle in there!

There’s just one thing I’m trying to figure out. If elephants keep a person from going broke with as many elephants as my grandmother has and has had for many years…

…Shouldn’t she be a millionaire by now? If one elephant brings good luck and keeps a person from ever being broke, two elephants should bring increase of money, three elephants should bring an abundance of money and when you get as many elephants in your house as my grandmother has surely millionaire status follows. Oh well, keep doing what you do best Gran. Collecting.

I don’t believe that I have one single stitch of superstition in my body. I am the type of person that goes above and beyond to prove that superstition is simply a way to give people false hope or keep them in fear. Let’s take a look at the superstition list.

  1. Breaking Mirrors

    That is an automatic seven year bad luck sentence! Come on now, mirrors can only do two bad things to you; a mirror can cut you (if broken and not handle properly) or let you know how attractive you might not be. That’s it.

  2. Friday the 13th

    Unless you live near Crystal Lake, I really don’t think you have anything to be concerned about.

  3. Black Cat Xing

    If a black cat crosses in front of your car, that’s bad luck (don’t know what kind or for how long but, it’s bad luck ). Does your luck worsen or does this rule apply if you run over the black cat that’s crossing in front of your car (accidentally, of course)?

  4. Opening Umbrellas Inside

    I like to wait until there’s a room full of superstitious people sitting around comfortably, lounging and open up an umbrella and watch their panicking faces. Oh, and the remarks and comments that come after the initial shock. It’s great! I just know that a mother with young children came up with this superstition. She began to envision that opened umbrella being swung around a couple of times and everything that she had worked hard for from lamps and knickknacks to wall décor being wiped out in a matter of minutes.

  5. Purse on the Floor

    This is another one that my grandmother lives by. “Don’t put your purse on the floor or you’ll stay broke.” Watch out ladies, some of ya’ll are about to go into overdraft!

  6. Splitting the Pole

    Ah, another favorite of mine. Superstitious people will go out of their way to keep the two of you from splitting the pole. I’ve walked with people that have split the pole with me but, suddenly stop and go around the pole to keep from splitting the pole. Newsflash. Too late, we have already split it!

  7. Step On a Crack

    Remember this one? “Step on a crack and break your momma’s back.” I remember as a child going out of my way sometimes to avoid cracks in the sidewalks. Well, that is, if it wasn’t a day that my mother had ticked me off. On days when she had punished me or hurt my feelings in someway, I’d intentionally step on a crack and even back up for a redo! I’m proud to announce today, that my mother’s back is in good condition.

  8. Children Sweeping

    This is an old one. If you allow children to sweep the floor, they will sweep up unwanted guests. I don’t have any children sweeping around my home and most of my guests are unwanted guests (salesmen, the begging neighbor, the friend that was just in the area and thought she’d drop in)! What am I doing wrong?

  9. Itching Palm

    When the palm of your hand starts itching you’re about to get some money. In order to receive the money that’s coming to you, you have to spit in the palm of your hand, close it and rest it under your shirt on your bosom. My response. “Yuck, you’re nasty!” Try some soap and water to get rid of that itch.

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  1. Nat

    On July 18, 2007 at 6:20 am

    I heard this one when I was younger… When you cross the railroad tracks you touch a screw for safe crossings…where do you think this one came from ?!?

  2. ASC

    On July 18, 2007 at 9:35 am

    Another one is that it’s supposed to be unlucky to walk under a ladder. Come ON!!!! Well, if the workman at the top happens to drop his tin of paint just as you’re walking under it, then that’s ….. just …. sheer bad luck I guess :)

  3. Gail Nobles

    On July 30, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Enjoyable topic.

  4. Pseudonym

    On August 2, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    I think the ladder thing came from the ancient Egyptians. IIRC they believed souls went up ladders to heaven and if you walked under a ladder when one was trying to climb, it would “stick” to you.

  5. Cleo Powers

    On June 12, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Land Sakes Children!! Dont be fooled!!! You better abide by these WARNINGS!! Why? You Ask? Why, I steped on a crake & Now I’m DEAD!!

  6. Cleo Powers

    On June 12, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Not only THAT, but I can’t spell neither!!

  7. Marie

    On June 23, 2008 at 4:59 am

    Pseudonym, the ladder one comes from ancient christianty whereby they believed that the ladder against a wall forms a triangle, and walking through a triangle (which represents the holy trinity) would be breaking the holy trinity and associating you with the devil.

  8. alaskan native

    On July 9, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    just wanted to say that i found a penny few years and said the find the penny pick it up all day long u’ll have good luck….the penny has to be found head side up………….well went to bingo hall and won about 1,500.00 that evening………weehooooooooo

  9. susie

    On August 4, 2008 at 12:19 am

    splitting the pole is always bad luck! keep your people tight, when splitting the pole, it’s like splitting a relationship. without crazy ticks such as this one, how could life be interesting?

  10. diva of delirium

    On March 4, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I’ve broken many mirrors, left my purse on the floor, walked under ladders, stepped on cracks, opened umbrellas in stores, crossed paths with many black cats, and work most friday the 13ths….and basically I’m still broke, in physical pain, and “good luck” appears every once in a while in the strangest forms—but so does the ‘bad luck’…
    And I didn’t really need any specific enhancers for the good or bad, just my personal “luck” when things get tough—some people have one of those days–well, I have one of those lives!!! I love it, sometimes hate it, but am the only one who has to deal with it!

  11. CourtneyA

    On March 17, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I practice almost all of these superstitions, i x my window when a black cat runs in front of my car i REFUSE to split a pole i will stand Andwait on one of the people to come back and go the same direction as the others i pick my feet up over RR tracks,hold my breath over bridges, touch the ceiling under a yellow light and many many many more! its qwerky and someone has to do it lol

  12. cybertruth

    On July 8, 2009 at 8:16 am

    i do enjoy the light sarcasm with which you write. :)

  13. payge

    On July 21, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    The elephant theory was interesting ,.never heard of that one before.I do practice about half of your list.I love black cats…wont go under a ladder..wont step on a crack…wont open an umbrella inside and wont split a pole.I even have my kids doing the pole thing for years…and Im still broke.Ive broke many mirrors….anyway…great article and it was awesome to read.

  14. Brenda Nelson

    On July 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    In some countries a white cat crossing your path is bad luck.
    to be lucky the Elephant should have its truck raised and be facing east (towards India)

  15. Mark Gordon Brown

    On July 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    your gran would have been richer if she kept her money instead of buying elephants.

  16. lynda howard

    On July 22, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    people who believe in that crap are the ones to steer clear of.
    people who believe that crap need to wake up.
    It is only a dream.
    People who believe in this stuff are so dramatic.
    They do this because they want drama in their lives.

  17. Karen Gross

    On July 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Great list – and I love the slight cynicism as well. My dad always told me that if I sang at the table I would marry a lazy husband. I married a workaholic – I think Dad had it backwards.

  18. catlord

    On December 23, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    #9 true; anyone prone to scratch whatever the have that itches should take heed…

  19. Kannan

    On February 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    A very good post.

  20. Kai

    On January 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Um… you know what\’s funny I was born on Friday the 13th and so was my father so….

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