Phrases like “step on a crack; break your mother’s back”, and “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” are some of the most used superstitious phrases today. A superstition is an over exaggeration in the belief of the supernatural. They have been around since people have been debating nature and the way the world works. Superstitions come in many different varieties. Black cats crossing your path, broken mirrors, the numbers 13 and 7, walking under a ladder, and many more.
While bad luck is in the air, fear not because good luck can counteract the bad. Picking a penny up is a superstition to attract good luck. Having a rabbit’s foot or horseshoe can also bring in some good luck. Four-leafed clovers, while rather hard to find, can also be a sign of good luck. So no matter how bad things seem, just remember that the good is just around the corner.
For more information, check out these resources:
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- Lys, Claudia de. A Treasury of American Superstitions. New York: Philosophical Library, 1948. Call Number: 398.37 L996t
- Shermer, Michael. Why people believe weird things : pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time. New York: W.H. Freeman, 1997. Call Number: 133 S56
- Ruchlis, Hyman. How do you know it's true? : discovering the difference between science & superstition. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1991. Call Number: 507.2 R826
- Fidrmuc, Jan and J. D. Tena. "Friday the 13Th: The Empirics of Bad Luck." Kyklos, vol. 68, no. 3, Aug. 2015, pp. 317-334. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1111/kykl.12085.