Special Report

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

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Even if owls aren’t directly associated with death, they are often considered evil omens. However, some cultures see them as spies, and nailing an owl to a door is believed to protect the home.

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If you left your house in Oregon and had to return for any reason, it is considered bad luck. To negate this bad luck, you have to sit on your bed for a few minutes.


Many superstitions center around the moon. The Pennsylvania Dutch believe that if you sweep the house when the moon is obscured you won’t have moths or spiders.

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Rhode Island

Throwing salt over your shoulder is the most common superstition in Rhode Island. It may be important to differentiate between spilling and throwing — spilling salt is bad luck, but throwing it is good luck.

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South Carolina

If you’re a bridesmaid in exactly three weddings in South Carolina, you’ll never be married.