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Why Are 50 Dollar Bills Bad Luck?

There are many superstitions in the world, but none is as notorious as the belief that money of any denomination brings bad luck. The number 13 has long been considered unlucky, as has Friday the 13th. But why do some people believe that five-dollar bills bring bad luck?

The origins of this belief are unclear, but it’s possible that it stems from a widespread superstition that dates back to at least World War II: If someone was carrying a five-dollar bill, they might be mistaken for a Japanese spy and shot on sight. This fear may have been exacerbated by the fact that there were no $10 bills during World War II and all bills between $5 and $100 had a red seal on them (instead of today’s green seal).

The idea behind this superstition is pretty simple — if you’re carrying around something expensive or valuable, other people might try to steal it from you or kill you for it. It’s not just about money either — some people believe that wearing jewelry or expensive clothes can attract thieves too.

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