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Luck and Superstitions Series

Apr 5, 2017

Do you love learning about luck, superstitions, lore, myths and old wives tales? Listen to the entire Luck & Superstitions series published in March 2017 right here!


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Mar 30, 2017

Ever wonder why brides wear white or why they wear veils? Or maybe what the point of bridesmaids were and why they’re dressed alike? There are tons of wedding traditions you probably dismissed as being just that -- traditions, but in fact, many of them stemmed from superstitions.

It was hard to stick to just a few for...

Mar 27, 2017

Ever wonder why it’s bad luck to open an umbrella indoors? Or why breaking a mirror is said to bring seven years of bad luck? Or why you shouldn't walk under a ladder? Or maybe you’ve always wondered why horseshoes are said to bring luck.

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

Mar 23, 2017

Ever wonder why you’re supposed to throw salt over your shoulder if you spill some? Or why garlic is said to be protection against vampires? Or just how many superstitions are linked to the egg?

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

I’m your host,...

Mar 20, 2017

It’s no wonder athletes can be incredibly superstitious. The difference between winging a game or a medal can mean the difference between a giant sum of money and endorsements versus getting little or nothing in return for all the hard work they put in. Why not try anything to add to their success? You would...