What Do You Think is Washington’s Most Popular Superstition?
From carrying a lucky penny to knocking on wood and crossing your fingers, good luck charms and superstitions come in different forms for different people.
With St. Patrick's Day happening this Wednesday, a recent Google search volume numbers crunch analysis of more than 200 different superstitions found the most popular irrational beliefs in every state across the country. Also, 1,000 Americans were surveyed to learn more about their belief in superstitions.
Here's what they found about America's most popular superstitions:
1. Throwing salt over your shoulder (It's big in Idaho)
2. Bad luck comes in threes
3. Lucky rabbits foot (Washington, really?)
4. Friday the 13th
5. Ladybugs being a sign of good luck.
- 65% of Americans are superstitious. 83% believe in good luck, 50% believe in bad luck.
- 37% of Americans believe Friday the 13th brings bad luck.
- 34% of Americans believe St. Patrick's Day is a luck day. Nearly double that amount (60%) say they wear green on St. Patrick's Day.
Among Washington superstitious types, a lucky rabbits foot was number one, in Oregon an owl is a bad omen (?!?) led the way and throwing salt over your shoulder was the top superstition in Idaho.
I had never heard of owls being bad omens, so I decided to do some research, and found that actually some cultures believe owls are good and others think they're bad.
Some cultures believe owls can carry off children, and seeing an owl circling during the day is considered an omen of bad news or bad luck. Many superstitions involve using parts of an owl for specific purposes. Eating an owl's eyes is often thought to enhance eyesight or allow a person to see in the dark. Uh, gross?
Thanks for the nightmare fuel, Oregon. Here's the complete breakdown below: