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Superstition

No Use Crying Over Spilt Salt

When you spill pepper, you do nothing, but that’s not the case when you spill salt. You just gotta throw some over your shoulder. It’s a superstition so embedded in so many people, it’s almost at the point where it’s tradition. I mean, they even do it on the food network. Emeril is always running around his little kitchen setup on the backlot of some studio, tossing about ingredients, cutting peppers or whatnot, yelling BAM! everywhere, he spills a little salt, tosses some over his shoulder, and moves on. I asked a bunch of people about this superstition, and why they thought it was so prevalent.

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