Chris Martin won't go on stage without brushing his teeth first. Tennis ace Serena Williams always bounces her ball five times before her first serve. Michael Jordon wore his North Carolina basketball shorts under his Bull's uniform his entire career. From touching wood to wearing good luck charms, many of our superstitious routines makes little sense when we stop to think about it. Yet why do so many people believe in superstitions?
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True... I think people are even more highly likely to believe in superstitions when they are stressed. Think about examinations, interviews, competitions and meetings... That's why athletes often follow silly routines religiously to achieve success.