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Not Superstitious, but a Little Stitious

When it comes to superstitions, I think Michael Scott said it best:

I'm not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.

And honestly, who isn't?  Whether it's a small good luck ritual like wearing the same shirt every time your team plays because that's the same shirt you wore the last time they won, or crossing your fingers for good luck, we all have little superstitious quirks that we do, and we may not even realize we're doing it.

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I don't think I'm very superstitious, but at the same time ever since I can remember I've thrown salt over my shoulder if I spilled it on the table.  So I guess I am a little bit "stitious."  But what about the rest of the Tri-State?

Common Superstitions

PaysBig.com recently analyzed Google searches from every state, and came up with the most common superstitions from each of the 50 states.  Overall the most common superstition is throwing salt over your shoulder.  The other superstitions that were popular were also common ones we've all heard of like Friday the 13th being unlucky, and bad luck comes in threes.

Here are the most common superstitions in the Tri-State according to PaysBig.com:

 

Lucky Rabbit's Foot-Indiana

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I decided to do some digging and see if I could figure out why these superstions are "lucky."  This one baffles me the most, because it doesn't seem super lucky for the rabbit... According to History.com it's not really known why the rabbit's foot is considered a good luck token.  There are a few theories as to where this came from, but nothing solid.  So I guess you can take this one at face value!

Throwing Salt Over Your Shoulder-Kentucky

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Why would someone throw salt over their shoulder?  According to MortonSalt.com people throw salt over their shoulder to "hit the devil in the eye."  The reason is that old superstitions say that if you spill salt, every grain of salt represents a tear you'll soon cry.  You can read more about this superstition, here.

 

Good Luck Horseshoe -Illinois

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This one was a little easier to find the answer to.  I've known this one because I know people who keep a horseshoe over their door because they say it brings good luck.  According to DerbyMuseum.org there's a really interesting reason the horseshoe is said to bring good luck:

 Although the origins are not exactly known, it is believed that the horseshoe became the symbol of luck when the eighth century Chaldeans thought its crescent shape represented various moon goddesses thus protecting against the curse of the evil eye.

So there you have it, the most common superstitions from each state.  Do you believe in any of these superstitions?

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