Special Report

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

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New Mexico

Owls have been regarded as bad omens in many cultures and places. Witches supposedly take the form of owls in New Mexico, and the hoot of an owl is said to be a bad omen.

New York

“Black cat crosses path” is the most common superstition in New York. Black cats have been a major character in folklore and mythology. There are many superstitions involving the feline, but whether black cats mean good luck or bad varies.

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North Carolina

Car trouble is likely to ensue after driving across or under Helen’s Bridge, located at Beaucatcher Mountain in Asheville. People attribute these odd occurrences to the story of a young mother who hanged herself from the bridge after her daughter died in a fire. The mother’s spirit is said to be seeking her daughter at the site.

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North Dakota

In North Dakota, if you kill a snake, you should cut its head off and bury it far from its body to keep it from coming back together. You should also know that the state has only one poisonous snake, the prairie rattlesnake, so generally it’s better to live and let live.


One of the more benign superstitions on this list involves Ohio State University. Couples walking hand in hand at the Oval, a gathering place at the center of the university, can guarantee they’ll be together forever if the chimes from Orton Tower are peeling and no one crosses their path.