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Old 09-16-2007, 10:36 AM
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pennies over doorways?

A friend has just moved into a rental duplex and asked me about something she noticed there.
There are pennies attached to the overhead doorframes of the entry door, bedroom doors and bathroom door.
Can any of our dopers shed light on why the former tenent (or owner?) would do something like this? What does it mean?
Thanks, CedricR.
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Old 09-16-2007, 10:44 AM
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Probably the last tenant. It's an old superstition that you will have good luck if you place a penny over each doorway when you move into a new home.
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Old 09-16-2007, 11:28 AM
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Time to go in the back yard and dig up St. Joseph.
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Old 09-16-2007, 12:59 PM
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Pennies, eh? Well, that explains Arnie's apartment. Arnie is hearing impaired, and there are panties above all of his doorways. Maybe I'll tell him about the pennies. Maybe I won't.

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Old 09-16-2007, 01:27 PM
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Pennies over doorways? I misheard. I'd better take The Holmes down.
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Old 09-16-2007, 01:48 PM
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My grandparents ascribed to a similar superstition. 'Cept theirs required them to leave pennies on the windowsill. They "refreshed" the pennies each New Year's Eve. They said it was supposed to bring good fortune into the house.

I often wondered if that superstition wasn't started by an enterprising hobo... encourage the townsfolk to leave pennies on the windowsills so that when the hobo returns he'll have an easy grab at some cash.
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Old 09-16-2007, 06:21 PM
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Probably the last tenant. It's an old superstition that you will have good luck if you place a penny over each doorway when you move into a new home.
I had guessed that it had to do with luck. My personal belief is that if you have money in your POCKET you have good luck, but each to his own I suppose!
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Old 09-17-2007, 12:43 AM
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Pennies over doorways? I misheard. I'd better take The Holmes down.
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Pennies ensued!
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Old 09-17-2007, 11:19 AM
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Around here, every cabin has a lucky horseshoe over the doorway. Same idea I guess.
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:17 PM
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I keep pennies over my doors, because you can unlock mine that way. There's a little slit in the center of the handle, and if you turn it it unlocks (or locks) the door. I keep them because my kids like to lock doors, and I don't want to have to go looking for a coin or something every time I want to get in. I didn't even know it was lucky.

Just another thought.
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Old 09-17-2007, 07:03 PM
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There are pennies attached to the overhead doorframes of the entry door, bedroom doors and bathroom door.
Heads up or tails up?

For the superstitious this is important.
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Old 09-19-2007, 07:27 PM
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I had guessed that it had to do with luck. My personal belief is that if you have money in your POCKET you have good luck, but each to his own I suppose!
CedricR.
The OP (that's you) asked about pennies. Didn't say nuthin about money.
Funny how things are almost always about really low-value stuff. Pennies, aspirins, Worn-out horse shoes etc.
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Old 09-19-2007, 07:32 PM
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I keep pennies over my doors, because you can unlock mine that way. There's a little slit in the center of the handle, and if you turn it it unlocks (or locks) the door. I keep them because my kids like to lock doors, and I don't want to have to go looking for a coin or something every time I want to get in. I didn't even know it was lucky.

Just another thought.
Is it that safe there where you live, that you can use bathroom door locks on the front door? Try that in my neighborhood and you wouldn't even have a door when you get home.
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Old 09-20-2007, 06:31 AM
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Heads up or tails up?

For the superstitious this is important.
They seem to have been put up without regard to heads or tails!
CedricR.
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Old 09-20-2007, 06:33 AM
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The OP (that's you) asked about pennies. Didn't say nuthin about money.
Funny how things are almost always about really low-value stuff. Pennies, aspirins, Worn-out horse shoes etc.
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Probably because that would make REAL EASY to benefit from the "luck"?

CedricR. who doesn't believe in luck but who does believe in keeping your ears, eyes and mind OPEN!
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