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The World’s Most Baffling Superstitions, Explained

Prevention Logo By Popular Mechanics Editors, Adam Schubak of Prevention | Slide 1 of 31: Many of our most long-lasting superstitions—like avoiding ladders, Friday the 13th, or spilling salt—date back centuries and have surprising origin stories. Here’s how some of our biggest superstitions gained a foothold in our modern minds.

Many of our most long-lasting superstitions—like avoiding ladders, Friday the 13th, or spilling salt—date back centuries and have surprising origin stories. Here’s how some of our biggest superstitions gained a foothold in our modern minds.

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