Why $2 bills are thought to be bad luck currency – clip from The Two Dollar Bill documentary

Why $2 bills are thought to be bad luck currency – clip from The Two Dollar Bill documentary


The problem with almost all
superstitions is it’s very hard to say exactly when and where a superstition
came about. And we have just such a situation with the $2 bill. But one idea
is that two dollars was the standard bet at racetracks. So racetracks would have
all these $2 bills then they would pay off in two dollar bills, and you could look
like, maybe you were spending too much time at the racetrack, and you might not
want the wife to know it, or it might get you into some trouble. Another claim
about the superstitions of two dollar bills is that politicians sometimes went
around paying $2 for a vote at election time. So having a $2 bill could have
seemed a little incriminating. As best as we can tell that’s just an urban legend.
Politicians have always been bought off, but there really wasn’t a firm notion that
it costs $2 per vote. Another one says that the bill became a bill of, shall we
say ill repute, when ladies of ill repute supposedly charged two dollars for a
trick. That’s not real convincing to me. You’re not getting the $2, you’re paying $2.
So, doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

30 thoughts on “Why $2 bills are thought to be bad luck currency – clip from The Two Dollar Bill documentary

  1. Americans should get rid of the dollar bill, introduce the dollar coin and put more 2 dollar bill's into circulation.

  2. think the last one is wrong. i heard $2 was given at strip clubs or something so they had to use that instead of $1. they didn't bring it with them. they got it as change when they got a drink or something so that is what they had.

  3. Can you autistic and retarded downsyndrome dipshits stop arresting people for 2 dollars bills as a cashier. Seriously its fucking stupid.

  4. The ill-repute story has been out there for a long time. Primarily started when Sailors were paid. Given the time period they could have been paid in $2 bills. Another part of the story is that if you were given a $2 Bill you should tear off a corner of the Bill to ward off the superstition. The story doesn't explain what happens after the last Bill corner is torn off.

  5. How we get bad luck it depends on our luck not on the bill
    Imagine you are walking and you get a 2 dollar bill on ground
    Just think how happy you will be

  6. When I was kid, people were told me two dollar bill's bad luck, but now people saying that, it's good luck, so now I'm so confused.

  7. I think they’re unlucky. I carried a two dollar bill in my wallet for about 3 months and I had terrible luck, I spent it and things seemed to turn around. I’m not very superstitious but today I got another two dollar bill and I donated it to a fundraiser immediately because I didn’t wanna try my luck again. I keep a 50 cent coin for good luck now, idk if it’s lucky tho lol

  8. I never believed in any curse of the 2 dollar bill. When I started watching your videos i started to like the two dollar bill more and more. I have 4 2 dollar bills that I keep crisp in envelopes and one of them is a 70s one and three are from 2013. I also got inspired from one of your videos and I decided to go to the bank with a 50 dollar bill and ask for all 2s. The twos that I got from the bank I use on a regular day sometimes and sometimes I just keep them. I hope you get to see this comment and just know that the 2 dollar bill is now my favorite bill

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