I am extremely superstitious. If you crack a joke about death or dying, I will knock on wood. If we happen to be in a car when you make said joke, I will pull over and find a tree to rap my knuckles on. When someone sneezes in a restaurant, I will throw salt over my shoulder, though I try to be discreet about it. And yes, I have a touch ofParaskevidekatriaphobi, the fancy term for a fear of Friday the 13th. Since that happens to be today, you better believe that I will be lying very low tonight rather than living it up, TGIF-style.
Apparently, I am not alone. Lots of celebrities are superstitious, too. Read on to find out what weird beliefs they subscribe to.
Splash NewsSplash NewsJennifer Aniston get superstitious when it comes to flying. "If I walk onto an airplane, I always have to go on with my right foot first and tap the outside of the plane," she says. "I have always done it. For luck. Someone told me to do it and I don't remember when that was. But it's kind of stuck." Hey, it's either that or take a Xanax. [I'm Not Obsessed]
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Splash NewsSplash NewsStar Jones never puts her purse on the floor, a superstition passed on by her grandma. "You never put your purse on the floor because you will never have any money," she explains. Oh, that's what I've been doing wrong. [Jet]
Splash NewsSplash NewsCameron Diaz apparently always wears a chain she received as a gift because she was told it would ward off aging. And she once said, "I knock on wood all day long .. .constantly. But I've also flown on Friday the 13th in a storm with a black cat on my lap, so I'm not that superstitious." [MSN, Cosmopolitan]
Splash NewsSplash NewsEver noticed that Tiger Woods tends to wear red on Sunday? It's because his astrology-loving mama believes that red is his lucky color. He might want to start wearing it all the time. Just saying. [Jet]
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Splash NewsSplash NewsSorry, Minneapolis. Axl Rose supposedly won't book a gig in a city that starts with the letter M. Why? The letter is cursed. Wait. Is it? [Helium]
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Lady Gaga is superstitious about sex, of all things. "I have weird superstitions about sex," she says. "If you're not having sex with someone who really cares about you or who really loves you they can screw up your energy." [ShowBiz Spy]
In another interview she clarifies, "I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone they're going to take my creativity from me through my vagina." Duh.
Splash NewsSplash NewsMissy Elliott's superstition? Do not let a black cat cross your path. "If a black cat walks in my path, I will immediately turn around and go home, even if I am on my way somewhere," she said. [Jet]
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Splash NewsSplash NewsMegan Fox also has a ritual for flying. She told Conan O'Brien that she always listens to Britney Spears on airplanes because, "it's not my destiny to die listening to a Britney Spears album." [The Celebrity Truth]
Splash NewsSplash NewsJames McAvoy has a common British superstition. "On the first of every month I have to say 'White Rabbit' to the first person I see. My grandmother taught me that, it's good luck to say it." Or will land you in "Alice in Wonderland"? [PopCrunch]
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Splash NewsSplash NewsRachel Weisz thinks luck begins with her feet. "I'm a bit superstitious about certain things, like what shoes to wear. If I wear the wrong shoes, the whole day may go wrong. Or if I don't get to the bottom of the stairs before the door closes-stupid little things like that." Those are both new ones for me. [ShowBiz Spy]
Splash NewsSplash NewsGold medal speed skater Chad Hedrick explained some interesting superstitions during the Olympics. "I am really superstitious with fortune cookies and also the number of my hotel room. I usually add up all of the numbers of my hotel room, and if they equal, like, a lucky number, or all ones, that means I'm going to do really well. I opened this fortune cookie and I asked, 'How am I going to do at the Olympics?' And the fortune cookie said, 'Soon you will be standing on top of the world.'" That sounds like a risky ritual, leaving it up to fortune cookies. I got one yesterday that said, "You will buy some new clothes."
Splash NewsSplash NewsParis Hilton is interestingly a superstitious girl. "I knock on wood if someone says something that I don't want to happen. Or I always make a wish at 11:11." [InStyle]
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Rainn Wilson firmly believes the old adage that you never say the word "MacBeth" in a theater. He says he did it once and a light came crashing down on his foot. [Helium]
Are you superstitious?