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Crazy Legends and Superstitions People Believe in Every State

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Many superstitions involved human interactions with animals, and their consequences. In Colorado, if you kill a toad, your cow will produce bloody milk.

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Grooming also figures into American superstitions. To comb one’s hair after dark is a sign of sickness.

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The Nanticoke people living in Delaware in the early 20th century believed the seventh-born child held magic powers, understood the use of medicines, and could cast spells on people and animals.

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Given Florida’s vulnerability to hurricanes, it’s not surprising that there are superstitions about those storms in the state. When a cow carries its tail upright, it’s a sign that a hurricane is coming.

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If a horse’s mane is tangled, it’s a sign that a witch has been riding it. Little knots seen in a mane are called “witches’ stirrups.”