Origin of Superstitions

For all you trivia-hungry junkies, John Green cooks up a doozy in this edition of “Mental Floss,” when he takes a look at the origin of 32 common superstitions. For example, the lucky rabbit’s foot superstition dates back to 600 BCE in western Europe, because of the popularity of totemism, the belief that animals were the ancestors of humans. Check out the other 31.

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