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 Comments

  • MrBlueroads

    December 27, 2016

    lol 2 dollar whores, ah the good ole days 10-4

    Reply
  • Monarchist 18

    March 16, 2017

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

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  • LIFE is strange

    June 10, 2017

    i have a 2 doller bill i found it today

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  • james42519

    September 2, 2017

    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.

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  • Ryder Nigga

    September 9, 2017

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

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  • K Riggs

    November 14, 2017

    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.

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  • Lane Konrad

    December 23, 2017

    I still have one and it’s 2017

    Reply
  • Achazia Donaldson

    January 5, 2018

    I've got a two doller bill and I thought it was good luck but I guess not😮

    Reply
  • Paul Arlukiewicz

    January 19, 2018

    fat Phil in top hat lol

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  • Michael Gonzalez

    January 29, 2018

    0:51 asbestos? lol

    Reply
  • Ko_tiTheStorytimeGuy

    May 26, 2018

    I thought they were bad luck cause Thomas Jefferson was a douchebag..

    Probably just me

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  • Salvador 1707

    May 31, 2018

    I feel lucky when I get a two dollar bill.

    Reply
  • slevin kelevra

    July 11, 2018

    2's and 50's are the best bill out there 👍😞

    Reply
  • QWERTY

    July 12, 2018

    I have a lot of 2$ bills in my piggy bank, they are very dirty.

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  • Jonas Rugebregt

    July 14, 2018

    They do not have bad luck.

    Reply
  • Fresh gameplay

    August 6, 2018

    I saw a red-seal dollar bill in this video! Those are so rare wow

    Reply
  • Efrain Cruz

    September 4, 2018

    Dont take it…

    Reply
  • Jolie *

    September 15, 2018

    I have a $2 bill, I get both good and bad luck. So… Meh..

    Reply
  • Breezywoah

    September 23, 2018

    I always got told that the 2 dollar bill was meant to be for good luck

    Reply
  • DamienVlogs 15

    October 30, 2018

    I think two dollar bills are good luck. Along with the penny.

    Reply
  • JesusGastelum790

    December 23, 2018

    My uncle accidentally gave me one

    Reply
  • Tripplem Gamming

    January 13, 2019

    I still have 2 2 dollar bill and its 2019

    Reply
  • Pubg Destroyer

    February 22, 2019

    Clickbait

    Reply
  • Emily nam

    February 24, 2019

    How do you reverse the bad luck if you get one

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  • Bhupat Kanabar

    April 17, 2019

    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

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  • Larry Hagemann

    April 30, 2019

    Spend them and spread them around to bring good luck to all.

    Reply
  • Foxy The Pirate 2019

    May 11, 2019

    DONT SPEND THE RED SEALS

    Reply
  • T.S. L.

    June 5, 2019

    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.

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  • Libby B

    June 16, 2019

    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

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  • Fire Luigi

    September 6, 2019

    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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