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13 superstitious celebs

Updated 9:03 AM ET, Fri September 13, 2019
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The number 13, and Friday the 13th in particular, scares even the horror master himself, Stephen King. He wrote a whole article about it for The New York Times in 1984. ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images
Contrary to popular perception, the number 13 has been very good to pop star Taylor Swift. "I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No. 1 song had a 13-second intro," she told MTV News. Fernando Leon/Getty Images North America
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wasn't a fan of the number 13. Biographer John Gunther wrote, "He hated Friday the 13th, he would never start an important trip on a Friday if he could help it, and he disliked sitting down with 13 at dinner," according to the Smithsonian. Frederic Lewis/Getty Images
Ever wonder why Tiger Woods wears those bright-red shirts? It's not only because red is so obviously his color. "I've worn red ever since, since my college days basically, or junior golf days. Big events on the last day. I just stuck with it out of superstition, and it worked," he has said. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards apparently has a jones for comfort food. He reportedly eats his favorite, shepherd's pie, frequently while touring and refuses to let anyone else break the crust before he gets a share. Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable wrote in his memoir about learning this lesson backstage from Mick Jagger after dishing up a heaping helping of pie. Don Emmert/Getty Images
Serena Williams has a particular way she ties her athletic shoes before each tennis match. The Grand Slam winner could be on to something. PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images
Quirky auteur Quentin Tarantino has a series of writing rituals that set him up to pen Oscar-worthy material. He writes longhand with black and red pens in a series of specially purchased notebooks. "One of the great things about being a writer is it gives you complete license to have whatever strange rituals make you happy and productive," he told Reuters. Vivien Killilea/Getty Images
Supermodel Heidi Klum confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that she carries a little bag containing her children's lost teeth for luck. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images
Former White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan detailed first lady Nancy Reagan's reliance on astrology in his memoir. The first family employed an astrology consultant named Joan Quigley. Quigley wrote in her own book that the couple consulted her about very serious topics. "The Reagans furiously denied this and said the whole astrology thing was only a hobby," the Washington Post reported when Quigley died in 2014. Ronald Reagan Presidental Library/Getty Images
Rapper Missy Elliott's superstition is an oldie but a goodie: "If a black cat walks in my path, I will immediately turn around and go home, even if I am on my way somewhere," Elliott told Jet Magazine. Christopher Polk/Getty Images
Actor Benicio Del Toro wears a lucky ring featuring wood instead of a stone. "What I like is that I can knock on wood anytime," Del Toro told Talk magazine. Jason Merritt/Getty Images
President Harry Truman was a big fan of playing horseshoes -- he even had a pitch installed outside the Oval Office. Truman took it a step further by having a horseshoe mounted above the door to his office for good luck. Fox Photos/Getty Images
Celebrities, including sports stars, politicians and actors, can be highly superstitious and reliant on rituals for their success. Michael Jordan wore his college practice shorts under his NBA uniform for good luck. Hey, looks like it worked! MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images