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Popular Superstitions From Each State -- From Lucky Pennies to Hawaii Rocks

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“Bad luck comes in threes,” meaning that if unfortunate events have occurred twice, another unfortunate event is just around the corner.

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Coal mining plays a part in the culture of eastern Tennessee as well as its superstitions. To fight a curse, carry a piece of coal in your right pocket. When the coal has dissolved to crumbs, the curse has been lifted.

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The most googled superstition in Texas is about lucky pennies. There are several superstitions related to pennies. One is that a penny found with the tails side up is bad luck. Another says that a penny with the tails side up should be turned over for another person to find. A third one says that any found penny is good luck — therefore the popular rhyme: “Find a penny, pick it up. All day long, you’ll have good luck.”

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“Throw salt over shoulder” is the most common superstition in Utah. One reason why spilling salt is considered bad luck may have something to do with biblical times when salt was a very expensive commodity. Spilling salt was almost a sacrilegious offence.

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Vermont’s “witch windows” were built on an angle to prevent witches from flying in because a witch cannot fly through a crooked window. Other people believe practical New Englanders angled the windows to bring in more daylight and fresh air into a second-story room.