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Uncommon Knowledge: What makes a horseshoe so lucky?

The horseshoe is one of the best-known lucky charms and has been for ages. In medieval times, a trio of horseshoes would be nailed to a sick person’s bed to please God, Wod, and Loki. In Norse mythology, Wod is the god of wisdom and Loki is the god of mischief. All three had to be appeased to promote balance in the spirit world. Interestingly, Loki also inspired the expression “one for luck.”

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