Your Lucky Underwear Really Could Make You Stronger

four leaf cloverIt sounds like a Ricky Martin song, but if you're into superstition, black cats, and voodoo dolls, it could be good for your workout.

And your golf game.

For the first time scientists have put some real science behind superstitions.


The study published in the journal Psychological Science found the implementation of superstitions, like saying "break a leg," had a positive effect on performance in golfing, motor dexterity, memory, and anagram games.

The scientists say the improvements are produced by "changes in perceived self-efficacy."

In simple speak: The Littlest Engine was right all along. I think I can, I think I can means you can jump higher (and fall quicker?).

Especially with a pair of lucky rocketship underpants on.

So next time you pack your gym bag, might we suggest a few of these?

1. A rabbit's foot

2. A horseshoe

3. A penny

4. A lock of your kid's hair

5. A four-leaf clover

6. A frog

7. Three sheep

In fact, carry them all and you won't need to work out anymore.

What are you superstitious about?


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