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The Story Behind tells the extraordinary history of the ordinary. Everyday objects are more closely examined, from their ancient beginnings through the present—all within 5-10 minutes.

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Mar 9, 2017

Ever wonder why rabbits and their feet are associated with luck? Or why even though fear of spiders is especially popular, many associate them with luck and prosperity? Or why cats, and especially black cats, carry so many superstitions?

For the month of March, I’ll be looking at the stories behind common superstitions and symbols of luck.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Lucky Animals.

The role of E.B. White was played by Jason Bryant from Mat Talk Online.

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Sources:

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/12/rabbits-foot-considered-lucky/

http://www.csicop.org/superstition/library/rabbits_foot

http://www.csicop.org/superstition/library/spiders

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/easter-symbols

http://mentalfloss.com/article/67639/10-things-you-might-not-know-about-charlottes-web

http://people.com/pets/10-lucky-animals-that-can-help-you-win-the-powerball-jackpot/cats

http://goodlucksymbols.com/spider-symbolism/

http://www.luckymojo.com/spider.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/why-we-worry/201407/why-are-we-afraid-spiders

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/09/why-black-cats-are-considered-bad-luck/

https://archive.org/stream/discoverieofwitc00scot/discoverieofwitc00scot_djvu.txt

http://oddrandomthoughts.com/the-myths-and-legends-of-cats/#ixzz4a86T4PMt

http://kidworldcitizen.org/2013/11/10/anansi-stories-trickster-spider-west-africa-caribbean/

http://kindnessforcats.rescuegroups.org/info/display?PageID=7189

http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/must-love-cats/videos/the-legend-of-maneki-neko/

http://www.cracked.com/article_18963_6-cats-more-badass-than-you-and-most-superheroes.html