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Toritos de Pucara; Cusco, Peru
Those who find themselves in residential areas of Cusco will undoubtedly notice the profusion of somewhat goofy-looking ceramic bulls that sit on the roofs of area homes. In spite of their frightened, bug-eyed expressions and often outstretched tongues, people here take their powers of sending good fortune very seriously.
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Worther-See-Mandl; Klagenfurt, Austria
Legend has it that in an effort to remind a group of late night partiers that Easter was the next day, this little guy uncorked a barrel of water and in so doing, created Lake Worthersee. In spite of this somewhat daunting story, visitors today come here to rub his outstretched finger for good luck.
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Rock of Luck; Kusu Island, Singapore
Visitors to this oddly shaped, bright yellow monument will notice a plethora of four-digit numbers written all over its surface. For those unfamiliar with the Singapore lottery, these are "picks." Believers have defaced this rock in the hopes of becoming rich.
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Van Mieu (Temple of Literature)
In a long-standing tradition, students with pending exams come here to touch the heads of the courtyard's 82 tortoises for luck. The pupils in this area must have extraordinarily high grade point averages as the stone heads of the tortoises have become virtually soft from the repeated touching. In this file photo, a guide walks next to Belgian Foreign Minister Yves Leterme (2nd R) during his visit to Vietnam's 1000-year-old university Van Mieu in Hanoi August 11, 2009. The photo shows the inside of the temple.
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St. John of Nepomuk Statue; Prague, Czech Republic
The rules for this one are a little complicated but for the very superstitious it's worth the effort. Touching the reliefs on the statue of St. John of Nepomuk is said to bring good luck, but if you want good fortune that's a little more specific, walk a few steps toward Old Town and find the cross with five stars on the left pa****t of the bridge. Touch each of the five stars with a finger and rest your left palm on the cross and make your wish!
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