What’s The Most Common Superstition in Minnesota?
Is it crossing the path of a black cat? Maybe walking under a ladder? Breaking a mirror? Just what is the most common superstition here in Minnesota?
With St. Patrick's Day this week, many of us might get to experience the 'luck of the Irish.' But more commonly, we're more likely to run across some type of superstition here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Before we go too much further, though, I quick diversion to point out that whenever I hear the word 'superstition,' I'm always reminded of Steve Carrell's character from The Office. Check out Michael Scott's unique view on being 'superstitious':
I'm not hugely superstitious myself, although, when we were updating our master bathroom a few weeks ago and I was taking our old big bathroom mirror to the Olmsted County Recycling Center, I made sure NOT to break it! (I guess, just like Michael Scott, I, too, am a 'little stitious...')
But overall, just what is the most common superstition here in Minnesota? Well, the crew over at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee just did a survey about which superstitions were the most common in each state. They looked at over 200 different superstitious things we do and compiled the results.
And here in the Gopher State, our most common superstition is Friday the 13th. And, if YOU have a fear of Friday the 13th or believe bad luck is more likely to happen on that date, there's good news: According to the website TimeAndDate, there are only two Friday the 13th's in 2023 and one of them already happened in January. Watch out, though, there's another one set to happen in October.
Friday the 13th is also the most common superstition in Colorado, Virginia and Tennessee. Over in my home state of Wisconsin, however, the most common superstition is 'bad luck comes in threes.' It was the second-most common superstition in the survey, also being common in Vermont, South Dakota, Montana, New Hampshire and Nebraska.
So what's the most common superstition in the survey? That'd be 'throwing salt over your shoulder.' It was listed as the most common in 17 different states. Other common superstitions the survey found included lucky pennies, owls, a ladybug landing on your, lucky rabbit's foot, and lucky prime numbers.
Now, on the other hand, if you're looking for good luck-- and who isn't, right?-- keep scrolling to check out a list of cities that have had the most lottery winners here in Minnesota-- in case you're even a LITTLE superstitious and want to head there to buy your next Powerball or lottery ticket!