UPDATED: August 1st, 2016
May 23 is Lucky Penny Day. We’re all familiar with this popular myth about luck: Find a penny, pick it up, and all the day you’ll have good luck. However, if the penny is heads down, you’re supposed to leave it alone or, better yet, give it to a stranger. The penny superstition may come from a northern European belief that a found coin once belonged to a fairy or leprechaun lending it magical powers. Many common superstitions are remnants of ancient religious rituals or superstitions that have been around for centuries.