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‘Win It’ Wednesday: Pig Salt Shakers

Written by PETA | February 17, 2010

I’d be willing to bet my lucky four-leaf clover that carrying a rabbit’s foot only brings nightmares of screaming cottontails. On the other hand, I do believe the folks who say that these delightful little three-legged pigs will bring good luck to giftees. I mean, just look at them:


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Piggy Shakers


I get giddy when I imagine the good fortune that I’ll receive after I toss a handful of salt from my lucky piggy salt shaker over my shoulder. I’ll have to wait until my birthday rolls around in June to score my own set (hint, hint), but you can receive yours much sooner just by telling us about a superstition that you just can’t shake. Don’t have one? Make one up. I did: Whenever Tim and I are out and about and a streetlight burns out over our heads, I plant one on his kisser. I know it’s corny, but we don’t see many shooting stars here in the city.

You know you want ’em, so post a comment that gets us feeling superstitious and you might win. We’ve got one set to give away to the person who posts the most creative entry.

The contest ends on March 3, 2010, and we’ll choose one winner on March 5, 2010. Be sure to read our privacy policy and terms and conditions, as you’re agreeing to both by commenting.

Good luck!

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • These are SO COOL! I absolutely love how they look wittled! :0 Great wood coloring as well! Fingers and toes crossed! 😀

  • C-L says:

    I love those piggies. For some reason I’m involved, this month, with “salt pigs” of various sorts and these are the ultimate charmers. I am still superstitious about getting rid of stuff. As in: never get rid of your maternity clothes; you’ll be sure to need them as soon as you do (that one, um, was too true for me).

  • Colleen says:

    My mom brought me one of those little pig’s. Now I see that they are salt shakers. Anyway when she brought it to me I needed good luck Financially mostly. I got a bad vibe when I saw it. A year or so later we talked about how my luck has gotten worse and we don’t know what to do with it! It just doesn’t feel right. We thought maybe we should bury it but I’m afraid to like something bad will happen. I just saw it again in a drawer. I hate to say it but I just don’t feel comfortable with it still and I don’t know what to do. I just started to look up on the internet if others have gotten bad luck from it. I just found this forum. My “luck” gets worse every year it seems. I love animals I love pigs. I don’t want to make a mistake by getting rid of it. Everyone here is saying how cute they are! I’m not usually superstitious. Any suggestions what I should do? I feel like a proper burial would be good but I don’t know! Maybe I should put salt in it put him on a shelf and try to love him. UGGH! I’d love to talk this out please help. Thanks.

  • Arla C says:

    nice shakers pigs have feelings too

  • Beverly M says:

    For me it’s pennies. I always pick them up and say they are pennies from heaven. Thanks for having the contest!

  • Maja Meza says:

    i knock on wood when something is good and don’t want to jinx it

  • Gianna says:

    If you sneeze say bless you.

  • Melanie says:

    I don’t open umbrellas in the house step on cracks cross black cats on the street I do the sign of the cross when I see car wrecksanyone is serious danger and I never kill spiders or any other bugs because I believe even the smallest bad karma will come back on you.

  • pat says:

    they are so cute

  • dawn says:

    If you spill the salt shaker always sprinkle salt in your hand and throw it over your shoulder so you won’t have bad luck.

  • Samantha Piper says:

    I am always superstitious about saying things. For example when the baby is asleep I will never say “I can’t believe he is still asleep” because then he will wake up.

  • Laura Cavanaugh says:

    Always follow your instincts…even if it’s something as small as letting your car warm up for an extra 3 seconds because those 3 seconds could delay you long enough to keep you from getting into a car accident around the corner

  • Lisa Williams says:

    An old Indian superstition if you hear the owl call your name you’re going to die.

  • Sabine Blanch says:

    Old german superstition Shake your pursewallet when you hear the kuckuck for the first time in spring you will have money in your wallet all year!

  • Benita says:

    One superstitious belief I’ve heard is that if you want to get rid of a wart rub an apple that you’ve peeled and feed it to a pig. It does show you how valuable pigs are. We need to feed them and they’ll keep us wart free. bgcchsatyahoodotcom

  • lee.jazmin says:

    I have been told this is LUCKY and it has happened to 3 times over the last 20 years. A Bird takes a dump and it lands on your bare skin gross…warm slimmy and pastey. Once at the beach on my bare back once while eatting at an outdoor cafe right on my shoulder and once while riding my bike a splattered mess all over my neck and shoulder area.

  • Kathy says:

    When I eat nuts I have to chew one nut on the left side and then one nut on the right side. Not sure if that’s a superstition or just OCD.

  • Julie K says:

    ALWAYS play a craps table if there is an old man with a hat playing. Try it you’ll win!

  • Erma says:

    I’d love to have this my bday is coming up.

  • MJ says:

    I never put up or display pictures or art work depicting battle and war scenes at home. My parents told me that they bring negative influences in the house and cause disharmony. I believe in the evil eye. One way to avert it is to hang a string of lemon and two green chillies on the object in question like your new car or outside the door of your new home. My grandma uses a fistful of rock salt to ward off the illeffects the evil eye on us and then washes it down the drain or throws it in the sea. If a cat crosses my path I have to spit and cross the path or take 7 steps backwards from the spot and then continue. I prefer the latter.

  • Maansi says:

    I grew up in India where there are about 27 superstitions for every person. So yeah you get the picture. That is a lot of superstitions! Culture can influence so much. But among the ones that stayed on with me When someone asks to ‘pass’ them the knife scissors salt or chillies I don’t directly hand it over in their hands. I keep it beside them but never directly pass it on or else I’ll have miserable fights with himher.I’d rather tell them to get it themselves unless I want to pick a fight deliberately! So it’d be swell to have these piggy shakers people can gladly grab the salt themselves I don’t cut my nails or hair on Tuesdays or Fridays and any day after sun down. Else the evil monsters will come and get me when the Gods are asleep. I never call back at someone once they’re out the door. And NEVER ask “Where are you going?” especially if they look like they’re ready to step out. It’s bad luck and whatever they’re out to do will turn out pretty bad. I have to wash my hair after my period. And one doesn’t touch pickle or a pickle jar the spicy Indian kind when one is menstruating. Apparently the pickle will go bad. Someone else who obviously isn’t on their cycle can serve it to you though. I can’t taste something from a main dish and put the used spoonspatula back into it. You can only do that to whatever is on your plate. No saliva mixing! I can’t even share a bottledrink from someone else. No common tastings basically. Before I’m about to do an important task like go for a job interview or take an important exam eating a spoonful of curd or plain yogurt is good luck. If I step on a book even accidentally I have to touch it with my fingers and then touch my eyes as if paying my respects to the book i.e. to knowledge. I actually do the same ‘apology’ gesture with paper money and people too. As a kid I was told that I would get snakes on my legs if I didn’t do that after stepping on someone! And in India it is common to see people do similar gestures they generally bring their hands to their hearts or eyes when they accidentally step on someone else. Although I don’t believe they all believe the snake story. If I see 2 mynahs together it’s a lucky day. 1 mynah is unlucky. And my personal secret superstition is that I have to do everything to the count of 9. Like when I’m cooking for example I’ll add the spices in 9 installments or when I’m controlling the volume I’ll have it on a number that’s a multiple of 9 or the sum of the digits add up to 9 like 36 or 54. I’ve now listed 9 superstitions. Darn it isn’t a secret any more?!

  • Deb K says:

    I don’t know how they manage to get in but if a cricket gets in my house everyone no matter if it’s just friends visiting are not allowed to harm it. Crickets supposedly entering a house bring good luck. Plus I think they’re cute!

  • gina says:

    Some things I was told while growing up If you look in the mirror too often one day you will see the devil if you hit your mother your hand will keep falling out of the coffin when you die if a baby is born with a caul still on his head it will be psychically gifted when you see a funeral twist a button three times for luck when a white spot on your fingernail reaches the tip you will get a surprise…A friend of mine was convinced you should never buy shoes for someone you love because they will walk right out of your life. My husband got me into kissing the tips of my fingers touching them to the visor whenever we go through a yellow traffic light. I still do the typical stuff like avoid walking under ladders tossing spilled salt over my shoulder wish on stars pick up heads up pennies only if something goes between me a friend while walking I think “bread butter” I must send out those darned email chain letters…So many things!!

  • Carla says:

    I try not to name my pets after dead characters on t.v. shows for fear they’ll meet an untimely ending. I named a kitten after a dead character and he had a fatal accident. But I did name my puppy after the dog I used to doggysit who had just passed away. I wanted to honor her.

  • Sarah Stern says:

    When I was little I was convinced I could make a wish on green MMs.

  • Sharon A says:

    Just try remodeling and not walking under a ladder.

  • Melissa says:

    I have two wonderful superstitions we all should follow Killing spiders means unwanted company or how I like to think of it it means unwanted feeling of guilt because spiders definately deserve to live Never buy pearls or you will cry for a life time pearls are the pride and joy of a clam and they put their heart into making them so taking one is like breaking a heart so that is why you would cry for a lifetime because you are the owner of a broken heart

  • Marsha says:

    I love those piggies.

  • AAG says:

    Black cats bring bad luck. The only luck my black cat Cleocatra brought me was good luck and a lot of love and devotion.

  • WENDY HORN says:

    When I see my birth year it’s good luck

  • Lauren Holt says:

    An old wives tale was once Take a live spider and roll it in butter. Swallow. Your sore throat will be gone. OK 1st of all HOW can you ROLL a spider a LIVE one in BUTTER!? Secondly I’d probably choke on it and die so yes my sore throat would be gone and thirdly would the spider not be wriggling around in your stomach? Poor thing but… ew. O Now if you used those salt and pepper shakers to spice up the buttered spider it would make no difference.

  • Mellissa C says:

    I make sure the covers are over my feet when I am sleeping.

  • Donald Martin says:

    I love your Piggies I Win!

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  • Brittnie says:

    I have many superstitions I always sleep with a pair of socks at night. I don’t know why really. I leave at least one of the houselights on at nighttime when I sleep so I can guide the angels and spirits in my life. If I spill salt I always throw salt over my shoulder. If I get a scary chain letter as a text I always forward them. Treat others the way you want to be treated. I also think that if a cat sneezes once an illness such as the cold or flu will spread to all of the members of the home. But if a a cat sneezes three times a death of a nearby family member will occur. If a dog howls at the front door a stranger will try and enter. I don’t believe that black cats are evil but I do believe 7 is lucky 13 is unlucky if you walk under a ladder you get bad luck.

  • tracy says:

    I always have to have the volume on the tv or radio in increments of 5..if my husband puts it on 23 or 17I can’t stand it! has to be 20 or 25

  • evelyn says:

    they are wonderful

  • Monique Rizzo says:

    NEVER open an umbrella indoors. Thanks for the chance.

  • nicole licklider says:

    i have several superstitions…i throw salt over my shoulder if i spill it i switch my daughters socks if i put the wrong shoe on the wrong foot i even kiss my hand and hit the roof of my car if i go through a yellow light and i still lift my feet when i go over rail road tracks…but the one that drives everyone around me crazy especially my husband is i DO NOT split paths while walking next to someone…for instance if my husband and i are walking to my car from our back door and he walks on one side of the car ports weight bearing posts and i walk on the other side it will FREAK ME OUT!!! i will make him come back around the post to be on my path…or i will go around the other side…i’m like that with cars too…i HAVE to follow someone to their side and wait for them to get in…I AM BEING SOOOO VERY SERIOUS!!! i feel bad sometimes because like i mentioned earlier this drives my husband INSANE!!! i don’t know why i’m like this…i’ve had this superstition for as long as i can remember…people have said it’s a form of ocd…i don’t believe them…it’s my “quirk…” my superstition…you should see us when we’re walking our four dogs and baby…i’m pushing a giant jogger stroller my small dog is always latched onto the mommy hook on the strollers handle one leash is around my arm and my husband has the other two dogs…sometimes he will walk on the other side of a hydrant parked car or lamp post and guess what happens??? yep…because i’m not pushing that stroller around the hydrant post or parked car…well…that’s it…you better not be laughing…please???

  • Nanci K says:

    Never kiss the television because you won’t have any babies. I still remember this from my mother.