The luck of finding a penny?

@gemini_rose (16208)
April 25, 2008 4:33pm CST
From being a child I have grown up with this saying: Find a penny, pick it up All day long you will get good luck Pass it on, to a friend And your luck will never end. Now then, I used to follow this one to the letter, if I was alone I would pick up the penny and keep it in my pocket or on me. If I was with a friend then I would pass it on to her while reciting the poem to her. So how come I never got good luck, in fact, I would say that each time I picked them up something would go wrong, in the end I just gave up picking the things up!! So my question to you lot of lovely people is have you ever heard of this poem thing? or do you have a different version? Plus, after picking a penny up off the floor that you find, did you ever get any good luck and if so what was the change in luck???
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18 responses
• United States
25 Apr 08
I've heard this poem before. I don't pick the pennies up for good luck though. In fact, I just found a penny today and picked it up right before lunch. Then at lunch, I was sprayed with the soda machine so that penny obviously did not give me any luck! At any rate, at least I'm a penny richer!
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• United States
29 Apr 08
Im with you on the luck thing. I think someone a long long time ago had too much time on their hands and decided to make up the poem-an old wives tale-LOL I pick up all pennies. So many people throw them away. I know I cant afford to throw money away. Every penny counts.
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@lingli_78 (12860)
• Australia
26 Apr 08
honestly speaking, i never heard of this poem before... i also find pennies every now and then... i never trust that it will bring me good luck anyway... i only believe in God and He is the one who provides for me...
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@jer31558 (3684)
• United States
26 Apr 08
No, I havent ever heard a poem associated with finding a penny, but I have always heard that if you find a penny on heads its good luck, if you find one on tails you'll have bad luck. To this day, I will not pick up a penny on tails...lol may not be true, but why chance it?
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@winterose (39925)
• Canada
26 Apr 08
I think the only luck was you found a penny that was your luck, nothing more nothing less. I don't pay much attention to these things at all actually.
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@checapricorn (16076)
• United States
26 Apr 08
We got a different version about finding a penny in our Country. I remembered my mom will always tell me, never pick up any penny that you will find anywhere since that was thrown by someone who wanted to pass her illness/disease to anyone that will find it!Without her answer or explanation to my questions "who said so? and do we have any friends who have tried it?"I just obey. But, when I started to become more mature, I always pick it and spend it, and I can say, I didn't get any disease that surprises me, I mean, I got sick for reasons! Cheers!
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@mummymo (23710)
25 Apr 08
I do know the poen although mine is a bit dofferent, Find a penny , pick it up , pass it on you'll have good luck! I think I prefer yours though. I have done this since a child as well and I have to say that it has never brought me luck although I don't think any of thesse superstitions do! xxx
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@stephcjh (32388)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I have always heard this too but I have also heard that we are not supposed to pick a penny up id it is tales up. We should leave those alone and only pick the ones up that are heads up only. I have picked up alot of pennies over the years but I cannot really say that it ever brought me good luck. I always have bad luck anyway.
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@lilaclady (28280)
• Australia
25 Apr 08
hmmm I have heard this before, I wonder if it has to be a penny, I found a $5 note once at the bus stop lying amongst some Autumn leaves I went and bought a lotto ticket..but i didn't win.....
@LadyPS (161)
• Singapore
26 Apr 08
Didn't heard this before. However, I do feel that it is someone unluckiness to drop their penny, and when you pick that up, you will get his unluckiness....So, for me I will help him donate his penny to charity.
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@gabs8513 (48822)
• United Kingdom
28 Apr 08
Well I have not heard of it but if I see one I will pick it up and put it in my penny jar lol I have never noticed actually if I had good luck that Day to be honest
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• Romania
26 Apr 08
honestly i heard that if you find money you should leave them there because they bring only badluck
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@kiran1978 (4139)
• Australia
26 Apr 08
I have not heard of that poem before. But i have heard it is bad luck to not pick up money if you see it or to throw coins away. However I have had no luck by finding pennies, lol. I wish the saying was true also about money growing on trees.
@sukumar794 (5048)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
26 Apr 08
I had a couple of rare encounters with a penny on the pavement. As any human would do, I picked it and kept and longed for probable good luck to dawn.Quite unfortunately I have never met more gain or luck afterwards.LOL
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@itsmepinky (1303)
• India
26 Apr 08
No i haven't heard this before. But if i find a penny lying on the road i give it to a beggar. ~pinks~
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@Breath (1298)
• United States
29 Apr 08
I was always told if you find a penny only pick it up if it is on the heads side for good luck.The other side of the penny is suppose to be bad luck..
@BUSSY1979 (1284)
• United States
29 Apr 08
Me too, Chester. Me too. i've heard of that one all of my life also. hehe and than i'd only pick up the heads pennies were lying on heads. I've never picked one up lying on tails, have you?
@gemini_rose (16208)
29 Apr 08
I will have to check in future before I pick those pennies up, as I did not know this!!
@BUSSY1979 (1284)
• United States
29 Apr 08
i've never heard of that old saying before gemini_Rose. But i like that though. :) It is catchy. But, i do believe that if you do find a penny than you will get good luck in your life. i've always picked up one if i found it laying on heads. and truthfully, i did get good luck after i did that. LOL So, it must come true than.
@gemini_rose (16208)
29 Apr 08
Maybe I do not get luck because I just pick em up no matter what side they are on!!
• United States
27 Apr 08
As you already know by now, the good luck part is nothing but a superstition. I have never heard the part about a friend, but I have heard that you are only supposed to pick up the pennies that are on heads when you look at them. Its supposed to be bad luck if its on tails. That being said, I pick up all the pennies I see while I am walking down the street. Not for the luck, but hell, that's money!!! Pennies make dollars, and I am not rich enough to overlook free money, no matter how small, laying about on the street!!!
@gemini_rose (16208)
28 Apr 08
See I have never heard of the picking up pennies that are heads up!! I know it is all superstition, but there was a time that I used to be very superstitious.
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@elmiko (6642)
• United States
12 Jun 08
Oh no wonder my neighbor gave me a penny.