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The Good Luck Book

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NEED A LITTLE EXTRA LUCK?

Sprinkle nutmeg on your lottery tickets. Put some money in the pockets of a new suit before wearing it. Carry a Virginia fairy cross, like Charles "Lucky" Lindbergh. Walk up a flight of stairs backwards. Eat sauerkraut on New Year's Day. And if you accidentally put an article of clothing on wrong side out, wear it that way all day long. Good luck!

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Overview

NEED A LITTLE EXTRA LUCK?

Sprinkle nutmeg on your lottery tickets. Put some money in the pockets of a new suit before wearing it. Carry a Virginia fairy cross, like Charles "Lucky" Lindbergh. Walk up a flight of stairs backwards. Eat sauerkraut on New Year's Day. And if you accidentally put an article of clothing on wrong side out, wear it that way all day long. Good luck!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite its title, this rambling, good-natured assemblage of snippets about luck deals with bad as well as good fortune. But the book does address why we knock on wood a tribute to the spirits in trees, why horseshoes are so esteemed their crescent shape resembles that of the new moon, a symbol of the female life-creating force and why the ladybug is a good omen it was sacred to the Norse goddess of love and beauty, among numerous superstitions. Oddly, however, Bechtel and Stains never touch on such racy, contemporary theories, such as why the reason three is said to be a lucky number according to some psychologists, for the number of external male genitals. Scattered throughout are apparently random quotations from such diverse luminaries as Pliny the Elder, St. Augustine and Merv Griffin. Though the book may disappoint some, most readers will at least rejoice in the authors' good luck in getting R.O. Blechman to draw the entertaining illustrations. Author tour. Apr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761105411
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 569,649
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 5.94 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefan Bechtel is the author of two previous books, and with Laurence Stains he co-authored Sex: A Man's Guide. Bechtel is also a former senior editor of Prevention magazine, and a founding editor of Men's Health. He has had pieces published in such magazines as Esquire and Reader's Digest. He lives with his wife and children in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Laurence Stains was a startup editor, with Stefan Bechtel, of Men's Health. A former editor of Philadelphia Magazine, he has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, GQ, and USA Weekend. He live outside Philadelphia with his wife and family

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Common Antidotes for Bad Luck

  • If you get up on the left (wrong) side of the bed, put your right sock and shoe on first.
  • If you spill salt, throw some over your left shoulder. It will hit the Devil in the face.
  • If you pass someone on the stairs, cross your fingers.
  • If you break a mirror, wash the broken pieces in a south-running river.
  • If you're walking with others in a row, and a passerby or tree or any large object separates you, say "bread and butter" and cross your fingers. Or make a cross on the sidewalk with your foot.
  • If you stumble, especially at the entrance to a home or upon embarking on a trip, go back and pass once more without tripping.
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