Lucky Animals | Rabbits (and Their Feet), Spiders, and Cats (TSB041)
Published March 9, 2017
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    Ever wonder why rabbits and their feet are associated with luck? Or why even though fear of spiders is especially popular, many associate them with luck and prosperity? Or why cats, and especially black cats, carry so many superstitions?

    For the month of March, I’ll be looking at the stories behind common superstitions and symbols of luck.

    I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Lucky Animals.

    The role of E.B. White was played by Jason Bryant from Mat Talk Online.

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    Sources:

    http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/12/rabbits-foot-considered-lucky/

    http://www.csicop.org/superstition/library/rabbits_foot

    http://www.csicop.org/superstition/library/spiders

    http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/easter-symbols

    http://mentalfloss.com/article/67639/10-things-you-might-not-know-about-charlottes-web

    http://people.com/pets/10-lucky-animals-that-can-help-you-win-the-powerball-jackpot/cats

    http://goodlucksymbols.com/spider-symbolism/

    http://www.luckymojo.com/spider.html

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/why-we-worry/201407/why-are-we-afraid-spiders

    http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/09/why-black-cats-are-considered-bad-luck/

    https://archive.org/stream/discoverieofwitc00scot/discoverieofwitc00scot_djvu.txt

    http://oddrandomthoughts.com/the-myths-and-legends-of-cats/#ixzz4a86T4PMt

    http://kidworldcitizen.org/2013/11/10/anansi-stories-trickster-spider-west-africa-caribbean/

    http://kindnessforcats.rescuegroups.org/info/display?PageID=7189

    http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/must-love-cats/videos/the-legend-of-maneki-neko/

    http://www.cracked.com/article_18963_6-cats-more-badass-than-you-and-most-superheroes.html

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