Lucky Underwear Improves Athletic Performance

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A new study shows good luck charms–like baseball player Jason Giambi's lucky thong–can improve athletic performance, the New York Times reports.

Researchers in the psych department at Germany's University of Cologne conducted a series of experiments designed to determine if good-luck superstitions work, like Giambi's gold thong, Michael Jordan's UNC shorts, or a golfer's need to kiss the ball before a put. The answer?

“Activating a good-luck superstition leads to improved performance by boosting people’s belief in their ability to master a task,” the researchers wrote. Of course, innate talent and hard training don't hurt either.

–Erin Beresini

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