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A rabbit's foot, a shamrock, the top of a bald head...certain objects have a way of finding anxious (and slightly superstitious) people reaching out for a rub for good luck. The opportunity to grab some good fortune captivated people for centuries, but where should you go for some serious serendipity. From bronze statues to marble icons, these 10 spots are said to bring good luck to those who rub, kiss, or even spin them.
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Top 10 Good Luck Monuments

A rabbit's foot, a shamrock, the top of a bald head...certain objects have a way of finding anxious (and slightly superstitious) people reaching out for a rub for good luck. The opportunity to grab some good fortune captivated people for centuries, but where should you go for some serious serendipity. From bronze statues to marble icons, these 10 spots are said to bring good luck to those who rub, kiss, or even spin them.

Top 10 Good Luck Monuments

Aside from Mick Jagger, perhaps the most famous stone on earth is Ireland's Blarney Stone. For centuries this block of rock placed near the peak of Blarney Castle (just outside Cork) has reportedly endowed any person that kisses it with great eloquence and powers of persuasion. If you're hearty enough to climb to the castle's peak, limber and fearless enough to bend backward on the parapet's edge, and healthy enough to combat a few centuries of germs, steal a kiss, and you may soon be qualified to run for Congress.

Top 10 Good Luck Monuments

In January 1870, Prince Pierre Bonaparte, great-nephew of Napoleon and cousin of the reigning emperor, killed 21-year-old French journalist Victor Noir who had simply stopped by to arrange a duel for his boss. An estimated 100,000 mourners arrived to bid adieu to Noir -- and the attention has seldom wavered. At Père Lachaise Cemetery a life-sized bronze likeness of Noir at the moment of death shows a horizontal young man with a mildly vertical crotch that has been burnished to brilliance by women who rub the protuberance to enhance fertility, improve their sex life, and perhaps find a husband. Maybe they'd have better luck if they stopped hanging around graveyards.

Top 10 Good Luck Monuments

When it comes to rubbing a statue for luck, this one may take the cake. Or should we say takes the buns, since the rear-view display of seven lightly-attired Crazy Girls dancers at the Riviera Hotel is showcased in this bronze bas-relief. Rumor has it that patting the prominent assets of the artwork known as "No Ifs, Ands, O..." bestows good fortune, and the seven femme cabooses have been shined to a high gloss by gamblers searching for a lucky streak.

Top 10 Good Luck Monuments

Inside the Oak Ridge Cemetery, thousands of hands have rubbed the nose of a heroic likeness of Abraham Lincoln at the tomb of our 16th president. The piece, created by Gutzon Borglum of Mount Rushmore fame, reveals a rather pensive president. Maybe visitors started rubbing Abe's nose to cheer him up, but who can tell? It's a friendly gesture that tempers an otherwise somber mood-and may even bring you good luck.

Top 10 Good Luck Monuments

On the Nevada side of the Hoover Dam, several awe-inspiring Art Deco touches enhance one of the world's most amazing feats of engineering. They also draw attention to some amazingly engineered feet. In addition to a bas-relief story of the dam's benefits and a celestial chart marking dedication day, sculptor Oskar Hansen's "Winged Figures of the Republic" are 30-foot-tall, seated bronze sculptures that overlook the canyon. Within arm's reach are the toes of each figure, so using ten figures to rub ten toes (don't worry, they're not ticklish), you'll be blessed with good luck.

Top 10 Good Luck Monuments

More than two dozen sculptures line the famed Charles Bridge crossing Prague's Vltava River, but only will bring you good fortune. The statue of St. John of Nepomuk is the oldest on the bridge and is adorned with shiny plaques that tell his story. Although the Archbishop of Prague ran out of luck in 1393 (he was tortured and thrown in the river), rubbing the plaque that depicts his plunge into the water is said to bring good luck, and a return trip to Prague. St. John's the eighth on your right as you head towards Prague Castle.

Top 10 Good Luck Monuments

Talk about a return on investment. In 1356, Brussels resident Everard 't Serclaes (a.k.a. the Lord of Cruyckembourg) saved the city from an attack by the Flemish and earned the respect of his fellow citizens. More than 600 hundred years later, Serclaes is still adding value to the city through a relief likeness displayed near the Grand Place. Constant handling has kept Serclaes' body, an angel's face, a dog's face, and a shield all bright and shiny.

Top 10 Good Luck Monuments

Some sparring couples may disagree that a golden ring brings good luck, but at Nuremburg's Schöner Brunnen fountain a seamless, shimmering brass ring cleverly set into one of the ornate railings surrounding the fountain reportedly has the power to make a wish come true-but only if you turn the ring three times. Perhaps the ring's powers are due to its intricate placement within the ironwork. Or maybe the real magic is in its ability to attract tourists who believe it works.

Top 10 Good Luck Monuments

The practice of patting a Buddha's belly for luck started in Hangzhou's Lingyin Temple, which has been around since 328 AD. Countless Buddha figures accent one of China's largest temples, but the one visitors love to see is along a section of rock carvings in "The Peak that Flew Too Far," where the Laughing Buddha relaxes. Maybe he's laughing because he has no cares, but it probably has something to do with the number of visitors that tickle his belly in order to be the recipient of wealth, good luck, and prosperity. FYI: Buddha belly rubbing is rumored to be how Trump made his fortune.

Top 10 Good Luck Monuments



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