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Luck of the drawer; strange superstitions about socks

Luck of the drawer; strange superstitions about socks
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Superstitions are irrational beliefs in supernatural influences, and yet I once read that most Canadians say they're superstitious— which begs the question, are most Canadians irrational?

The truth is superstitious behavior can help us feel more confident and more in control over our lives. It really just boils down to us feeling safe. And if you are in the majority, the number 13, black cats, breaking mirrors, or walking under ladders, may just be some of the things you actively avoid.

I know what you’re thinking; stating the majority of Canadians are superstitious seems exaggerated but it really isn’t. Take sports fans for instance; most sports fans have some strange superstition and/or ritual related to their favourite team. These superstitions range wearing the same jersey you wore a decade earlier when your team made the playoffs to wanting to watch the game on the same couch in front of the same television set.

But what if we told you that there are plenty of superstitions that revolve around socks?

People have been wearing socks for thousands of years— and it really shouldn’t be a surprise that socks have their own set of unique and somewhat strange superstitions that go along with them. In fact, some of these old beliefs are still practiced today by many people including professional athletes.

According to SockGaim.com, these are some of the most unique superstitions relating to socks.

  • Wear a new pair of white socks is said to help break a streak of bad luck.
  • People left socks tucked in their shoes overnight for good luck.
  • A sock accidentally put on inside-out should remain that way for the rest of the day, as it will bring good luck.
  • For good luck, put on your left sock before you put on your right sock.
  • Wear green socks to attract wealth.
  • Wearing a stocking around your neck as you slept was said to cure a sore throat.
  • Wear wet woolen socks to bed to cure a fever.

These are just a few examples of how people believe socks can bring them good fortune. Feel free to check out the rest of the list here.

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