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The superstition that walking under a ladder is bad luck could stem from the shape a ladder makes when leaning against a wall.

The fascinating history behind 11 common superstitions

Next time a black cat crosses your path, give them a pet — they don't deserve their unlucky reputations.
In the US, the notion that stepping on a crack on the ground will break your mother's back is a common superstition.

20 bizarre superstitions from around the world and the meaning behind them

From lucky pennies to evil eyes, there's a huge range of superstitious beliefs around the world.

Why we knock on wood, and the truth about 7 other common superstitions

The backstories behind some of the most common superstitions are pretty silly, so why do we still do them today?