5 weird good luck charms from around the worldEntertainment The List
We all have something that brings us good luck: a lucky penny, maybe lucky shoelaces, or a lucky t-shirt. But have you ever considered carrying around some acorns? What about getting a pig? They might sound ridiculous, but acorns and pigs, and a few other random items, can bring you good luck in different parts of the world, even right here at home. See what other 5 things are bringing people luck around the world – if you're anything like me, you can use all the help you can get.
They might seem obnoxious when you have to sweep them off your stoop, but acorns are actually considered to be good luck, especially in Norse history (that's Vikings, by the way). Back in those days, the Norse believed that Oaks trees were associated with Thor because of their strength but also because they attracted lighting – yet acorns wouldn't turn into popcorn. Because acorns survived Thor's wrath, they believed that putting them on their windowsills will protect their homes from lightning.
Some say that's why some Venetian blind pulls are made in the shape of acorns. I wonder if dogs like acorns so much because they're trying to bring their owners some luck. If so, thanks, Cookie (the dog currently at home on my couch, probably chewing on an acorn).
Not just good for putting on sandwiches, eggs can bring good luck to anyone that receives them. In traditional folk religions, they were considered to symbolize fertility, purity, and rebirth – for some, hopefully, obvious reasons. In England, coming across a white egg would be considered lucky, while discovering a brown egg could be seen as bad luck.
But there are also bunches of examples of eggs being good luck in American folklore. In Pennsylvania and Ohio way back when, people thought if you found a lucky, white egg, you should throw it over your barn or house to avert evil. I guess that's where egging houses started – just someone with bad aim trying to bring good luck to a house…
While considered to be bad luck when you walk under them, ladders are considered to be good luck in many cultures, when they aren't leaning against a wall. Egyptians saw ladders as tokens of access to heaven and would often put them in tombs to help souls get there.
By the way, if you ever find yourself walking under a ladder, considered unlucky because it breaks the sacred triangle formed by the ladder and the wall its leaning on, save yourself from bad luck by crossing your fingers and spitting three times through the ladder's rungs. Or just go for broke and crack a few mirrors while you're at it.
Not only can turtles fight crime with ninja skills (all of them do that, right?), they can also fight bad luck. In Japan, turtles symbolize longevity and hope for a long life. They're even recommended by Feng Shui experts for their ability to protect your home with the energy of everlasting abundance – probably because turtles seem to have everlasting life energy. Did you know that last year, the oldest living turtle was 183? Forget the Fountain of Youth: turtles hare holding the secret to living forever. Probably under their shells.
Hide the bacon! You don't want to get on a pig's bad side, especially since they can bring you luck! In Germany, pigs are considered lucky because of a pretty simple reason – having a bunch of them back in the Middle Ages meant you had lots of wealth and prosperity. Now, when someone gives you a sweet marzipan pig in Germany, it means they're giving you a little bit of luck with all that sugar. Wilbur from Charlotte's Web would be thrilled.
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