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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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  • Nikki says:

    I never kill any insect no matter what it is or where it is. Never know. Could be a reincarnated relative!

  • moo.lennon. says:

    i believe in karma so much!today at was at school and there was a hurt little bee on the ground i wasnt carrying anything so i asked my friend if i could borrow her binder.she left me and thought i was weird for taking a bee to a safe place on the grass.even though guys were poking fun at me and said they kill the bee i kept my head high and thought” well maybe one day theyll need help and there will be no one there to halp them.”oh yeah…its karma.

  • Christian Wade says:

    You know when you’re wearing a necklace and it moves around until the clasp touches the charm? I once heard that it means someone is thinking about you. So when that happens to me I usually kiss the charm and move the clasp back to its original spot. When I do that I assume that it’s my husband thinking of me and I wish him well.

  • Angela Stemmer says:

    Whenever there is a full moon I am very careful as to what I’m doing that day and where I’m going and I spend those nights at home. Bad things always happen on full moons!

  • Jennifer says:

    I count a lot of the things I do steps reps at the gym you get the idea I will not do anything 13 times!

  • mairi mackechnie says:

    i didn’t think i had many supersitions but there are a few here i’ve got the fingerscrossed and touchwood particularly. i have a “lucky” flag that i always take with me to exams and my sister always eats little candies in even numbers not just one but two at a time though i don’t know if she’s being superstitous or just greedy

  • Shirley Hodge says:

    I grew up in a family who never heard a superstition they didn’t like. My Grandmother’s entire day was guided by whichever superstition happened to be in play that day. Many of the home remedies that were used were based on superstitions. It was so restricting I vowed when I grew up I would never believe in a superstition or immaginary ghosts or trolls et al. I took a course in psychology in college and learned that many superstitions were devised to explain that which could not be explained and others to give people a method to cope with life in general. Death is a great precursor to superstitions and myths. Yet with all that I still find myself unconsciously knocking on wood sometimes. Ha! Ha! Don’t know if piggies are lucky but they sure are sweet and would have a place of honour on my table.

  • Peter D says:

    I never throw stale bread away but leave it for the birds. Also it’s bad luck to run out of salt. I always keep an extra supply on hand. Cheers to pigs…

  • Amanda says:

    I never step on cracks on the sidewalk or anywhere or something bad will happen!

  • Nadine L says:

    My grandmother always told me to cut my apple in half and count the seeds. If the seeds were even in number good luck was coming.An odd number indicated a disappointment. I still do it every time I eat an apple

  • linda says:

    Whenever I say something at the same time as someone else I secretly touch my nose knee and something green. it’s a thing my sister and I did as children and I never quite managed to stop lol

  • Jocelyn Bateson says:

    I always have to count stairs anywhere when I’m walking up them…I have no idea why but it’s a superstition combined with compulsion I have. I know how many stairs there are at the local train station overpass the bus overpass in various city locations work front entry and back…it always freaks people out especially when they say they don’t want to go a particular route cause of the stairs and I tell them there’s only 22 get over it…!

  • Lana says:

    always knock on the door before you go into the bathroom to let others know spiritually as well that you’re about to use the bathroom. And whenever i find a penny on the ground if its heads then its good luck for me i will pick it up if it’s tails then i flip it over and leave it for someone else to have the good luck. and i always sleep on my right side if i sleep on my left then i get nightmares

  • Kathleen says:

    I live with ghost but refuse to aknowledge that I do. When I feel them touching me or looking at my laptop over my shoulder I pretend that I don’t know. I feel them and occasionally watch my dog for confirmation as I watch his head look up and his eyes follow something moving behind me. Sometimes it will pick at my hair lightly like it feels like when a balloon causes the static electricity to make your hair tingel and raise. Other times my upper arm or neck will be lightly brushed and all the time I’ll catch shadows go by next to me. Once I was pinched hard on my right hip while I cooked but that was the only time I was treated like that. I know I sound loopy but I’m not crazy. My home is loaded with orbs that look like it’s snowing on film. Yeah my superstition would have to be that I have ghost but I pretend NOT to have ghost. p.s. The top of of my swivel chair was just yanked back.

  • Jenn W. says:

    Everyone knows that if you don’t turn around three times before laying down you’ll have nightmares!

  • Sara Watson says:

    NEVER EVER open an umbrella indoors!! This freaks me out when people open umbrellas in the store before they open them. Who tests an umbrella anyway?! Apparently an open umbrella in the hallway kept my grandmother in her bedroom when she was bad being punished as a child. Oh and I broke a mirror last week at work. It was a cheap Made In China piece of crap though so does that REALLY count? lol

  • Jessie says:

    OK this is going to sound really weird but… I can’t walk backwards. Yup every time I pass something or want to see it again I have to do a 180 instead of just walking backwards. I also can’t go on roller coaster rides that go backwards drive backwards or do anything that involves going…well backwards!

  • Kara says:

    Whenever I go to a chinese restaraunt I have to chew and swallow the whole fortune cookie before reading the fortune. Also the first person to pour the tea has to pour it for everyone for the rest of the night. Also if Im with someone and we split a pole one person goes around one way I go the other then one person must say peanut butter and the other person must say jelly. My last one is when walking on the sidewalk I never step on the cracks. I never realized I was so superstitious until now!

  • Julie says:

    My only “superstition” is that when I see a street light go out I believe it is someone who I loved dearly that has passed saying hello. So when I see that I always say. “hi”. That and my lucky stuffed pig that I sleep with. His name is cheese and everyone makes fun of me for it because I am vegan!



  • Jenna D says:

    I still cross my fingers when I’m hoping for something to happen! I know it probably doesn’t do anything but I’ve been doing it since I was a kid… I guess old habits and superstitions die hard. D

  • Manic Monkey says:

    Holy crap those piggy salt shakers look adorable. At any rate you know who would win this contest? Stevie Wonder. He is very superstitious. rimshot Ba da bing.

  • Addie H says:

    Four words hat on the bed! I had just seen the movie Drugstore Cowboy starring Matt Dillon who happens to be more delicious than tofu bacon could ever be . His character is very superstitious. He thinks the worst thing you could ever do is leave a hat on a bed. I found this rather funny so I put a hat on my bed. Not a good idea! The next day my boyfriend broke up with me and my fish died. No more hats on beds!!!

  • Kirsten says:

    I have to arrange my clothes closet in order of shades of red orange yellow green blue and violet. I also have to have all of my labels on canned goods facing forward.

  • Elizabeth Rogers says:

    If I’m sitting in traffic and I look at someone’s brake light I have to look at the other one too. And if they take their foot off the brakes I’ll keep checking back to see if the other light’s on yet! It drives me crazy!

  • Lisa M Divoll says:

    Whenever driving by a graveyard I hold my breath for as long as I can or till I think it’s “safe”. It’s wierd because I don’t do that while walking or riding a bike. I also do this if I drive by roadkill and it’s not because of the smell.

  • Alis says:

    My superstition is that everything you do in life comes back to you good or bad. That’s why I try to be nice to people am vegetarian and won’t use stuff tested on animals. That way I hope to always get good vibes!

  • Jill says:

    I have several Wiccan superstitions for Samhain Halloween. If the bats come out early on Samhain night and fly around it means good weather is coming. People were often cautioned that if they heard footsteps behind them on the night of Samhain they shouldn’t turn back because it may be a spirit following them. “Mind ye threefold law ye should three times bad and three times good.”

  • Kirsten says:

    Slug Bug.

  • Sonal Modisette says:

    anytime I am working out or running I can’t stop on the 666. 666 calories no way. 6.66 miles keep going. This goes for other stuff too one time I bought a back of gum to change my total from $6.66.

  • Calvin Hrezik says:

    In my family if you swear to an elder of yours you must give your wallet or purse to the person you have swore at and let that person choose anything from it. You then duct tape your mouth shut for the rest of the time you are with them.

  • Daniella says:

    My Grandma made me concious that I always shut my curtains when there is a full moon not because of warewolfs but “the moon will take you”. She said she knows many people who are woken up in there sleep even if u dont realize because of the moons beauty and power and they end up sleep walking.. usually ending up in odd dangerous harmful endings. SO i think i need those cute pigs to prevent this ahha

  • Tonya Brady says:

    my fianc and I leave our misletoe up all year long for fear that we will forget how important it is to kiss for absolutely no reason whatsoever other than being in love and bumping into each other in the doorway

  • Emma says:

    Ok so the resident four legged creature of my house is a cat. She has white colourings above her eyes and I’ve always believed that this means she can see ghosts and spirits keeping the negative energy out of the house. However she is a little dumb so I can chuck lucky salt from these pigs on the ones she misses!

  • Jean D. says:

    EVERYbody knows that if your foot or hand hangs over the mattress at night the monster under the bed will grab it.

  • Melissa says:

    I am a nurse. To successfully start an IV I have to have 2 IV needles. One in my pocket and the one I am using. If I only have the one I am using I am guaranteed to miss the vein.

  • Michael Wagner says:

    I used to work at an Airplane factory in baltimore. In that job we did a lot of precise measuring and drilling. The focus of this superstition should remain on the measuring factor. The guys I used to work with were much older than me I’m only 21 they were in their 40’s 50’s and a lot more experienced at the job. It was an old superstition that any time you measured something and it came out to 25 38 centimeters you had to guy buy the person next to you a cup of coffee or something unexpected and bad would happen. When I started working there I thought this superstition was just a joke on my behalf since I was new and willing to do whatever it took to get the job. Then after about 3 months of training and working there I began getting annoyed by how many times 25 38 cm started showing up. A cup of coffee at our work was only 50 cents but I got some bravery one day and ignored the superstition. The next day I came into work I was informed that the supervisor wanted to see me. When I walked up to his office I was surrounded by a board of toprank managers to inform me that I made a $7000.00 mistake on one of the Boeing747 thrust reverser’s outer core and that I was being terminated. Sure enough anytime I see a 25 38 measurement or just those numbers alone nowaday I’m quick to ask a person around me if they’d like a cup of coffee haha

  • Cassandra says:

    If a girl wet her apron in washing it is a sign that she will have a drunken husband.

  • Rebecca says:

    I always have to eat food in pairs. You will never see me without two grapes in my mouth at the same time. Give me a peanut I’ll crack it into two pieces before swallowing!

  • Hope 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

  • Olivia says:

    Well unlike many people I have no superstition twords black cats Infact I rescued a few black kitties because where I live a lot of heartless people kill them. But I would have to say my one little quirk is I HAVE to do things an even number of times odd is bad bad bad luck for me for example 4 cookies never 3 2 pieces of gum never one!

  • Stephanie says:

    suuueeeyyyy!!! I always cross my fork and knife over my plate when I am done eating P very classy

  • Aleta says:

    There’s an old Thai superstition I heard about a long time ago that I never forgot. It’s “Don’t eat turtles because it will make you walk slowly.” It just always makes me picture people walking around with turtle shells on their backs! I don’t know who would want to eat turtles anyways so maybe we can scare away some turtleeaters with this saying!

  • Sally Messing says:

    Whenever I see a penny on the ground I have to pick it up close my eyes and say thank you. I cannot let a penny go unpickedup.

  • Marlo says:

    I am superstitious that eating meat is really harmful to animals so I never eat meat. I guess there’s not much truth in animal cruelty but I’m a very superstitious person. Jw this is supposed to be sarcastic.

  • Jessica Laurain says:

    As a teacher I have a few superstitions for getting a snow day. Some of us sleep with our pajamas inside out. You can also sleep with a spoon under your pillow. The best though is to flush an ice cube down the toilet.

  • Michelle says:

    When I turn up the volume whether it is on the tv radio or anything…I will NOT put put it on an odd number! It bothers me when people do leave it on a odd number…weird but true!!! Guess I just think odd numbers are not lucky!!

  • Aneliese says:

    Well everytime I see a hopscotch game drawn on a sidewalk no matter where I play it. I always put notes with smiles on them in mailboxes of people I don’t know. Not superstitious but creative.

  • Tanya Cormier says:

    This may seem a little silly but every time I turn around I make a conscious effort to turn clockwise If I don’t I feel mixed up for the rest of the day I also don’t walk under ladders. However I am ok with having black cats cross my path as I own two if I did have a thing about it Im sure that I would be living in a permanent state of paranoia! lol

  • Ellen Marcho says:

    When you put your shoes on the wrong feet it means that the next day will be all mixed up for you. ie Sun should shine but it’s raining the paper doesn’t get delievered the milk is spoiled Your appt is changed to a different time….get the picture. Well if you want to stop all this mixed up stuff as soon as you notice your shoes on the wrong must change them back and also switch your sock around…that will do the trick…and while your socks are off you can play ‘this little piggy went to the market…’