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

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A superstition common in Kansas connects matrimony and food. Boil an egg, fill the space of the yolk with salt, go to bed, and whomever you dream about will be your future marriage partner. There have been superstitions associated with weddings throughout history all around the world. Who hasn’t heard of “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?”

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Superstitions are part of sports lore, and horse racing is no exception. At the Kentucky Derby, it’s bad luck for a horse owner to say to his trainer, “See you in the winner’s circle.” You never want to predict your victory.

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Louisiana has many superstitions and legends, some of which have to do with money. To keep money flowing your way, never eat both ends of a loaf of bread — throw at least one away.

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Dropping a slice of bread with the butter side down brings bad luck. Another superstition with bread and butter has to do with good luck, though. If you drop a piece of bread on the floor, you should pick it up and make a wish.

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In Maryland, don’t walk backward downstairs because you will curse your parents. But if you walk downstairs backward, carry a mirror and count each step. By the 13th step — if you haven’t fallen — you will see the reflection of your future husband.

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