1. When in Russia, chew on your bus tickets.
Some Russians believe the only way to truly get luck is to digest it. A “lucky” bus ticket is one where the first three digits add up to equal the last three digits.
2. Live a long life by eating long noodles.
That is to say, don’t cut your noodles. Believers of this ancient Chinese philosophy even serve “longevity noodles” for someone’s birthday, hoping to inspire a long life.
3. When in Sweden, walk over HALF of the manhole covers.
In Sweden, some of the manholes cover fresh water and the others cover sewage. If you accidentally walk on one of the sewage ones, you’ll need three pats on the back from a stranger to fix the bad luck.
4. Before your wedding, ask a cat to eat out of your left shoe.
The bride-to-be tradition primarily stems from India. It brings good luck to a marriage because obviously.
5. Dip your baby in cheese.
English lore tells us that passing a baby though a “groaning cheese” (a large cylindrical cheese that commemorates the nine-month pregnancy), will leave said baby happy, healthy, and… alive.
6. Get your hair cut on Good Friday, and you’ll never need Advil again.
Catholics put a lot of emphasis on Fridays, especially on Good Friday. It is said that if you get your hair cut on Good Friday, you’ll spend a whole year without headaches.
7. Catch a leaf, and you won’t catch a cold.
Legend has it that if you catch a leaf on the first day of fall (September 23), you will not get sick through the winter. Don’t trade this one for your health insurance though.
8. Fight lightning with an acorn.
Norse legend recommends that you put an acorn on your windowsill to prevent lightning from hitting your home. Makes sense.
9. Say “rabbit, rabbit” immediately upon waking up on the first of the month.
This common tradition requires that you say the word immediately when you wake up on the first of the month. It’s hard.
10. Eat grapes and inflate your lucky potential.
This Spanish tradition is said to boost your luck for all 12 months of the upcoming year.
11. Only use one door when you enter your new home for the first time.
Irish tradition recommends you exit through the same door you enter on that pivotal first day. Also, it is recommended that you bring rice with you. This custom is similar to throwing rice on a new bride and groom.
12. Spit on your actor friends.
While the rest of the world tells actors to “break a leg,” some Germans spit over their friends’ left shoulders to wish luck. Russians often do the same.
13. Put your underwear on backwards to become rich.
Many cultures put an emphasis on underwear traditions, especially regarding color. Eastern European tradition promotes wearing your underwear backward for good luck, even if it’s on accident.