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Rubbing the Seatbelt Light

Superstitions

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  • about 1 month ago
  • 32:19

The airplane seatbelt “bing” is near-iconic. But few fliers are aware that pilots perform a secret ritual before pressing the seatbelt button — believing that if they forget, the plane will suffer mechanical problems… or maybe even a deadly catastrophe. 

The 20-Year Presidential Curse

Superstitions

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  • about 2 months ago
  • 31:07

If you look at U.S. Presidents who have died in office, a strange pattern emerges. Since 1840, those elected on twenty-year intervals meet untimely deaths, with few exceptions. Does a 19th-century death curse plague America’s highest office of political power?

Beginner’s Luck

Superstitions

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  • about 2 months ago
  • 27:38

It’s an advantage that newcomers and novices relish: try something new, and succeed like a natural. But what happens when beginner’s luck runs out? 

Horseshoe Over The Door

Superstitions

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  • 2 months ago
  • 29:34

Unassuming wall decor, or powerful protection against evil? Horseshoes are said to offer luck and fortune to those who possess them — so long as you manage to hang them right… 

New Year’s Eve Festivities

Superstitions

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  • 2 months ago
  • 34:02

10… 9… 8… As the clock winds down on the final moments of the year, people around the world employ charms and traditions to shore up good fortune for the future. But it’s not always our own luck that’s on the line…