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Buckeyes

Find a buckeye, pick it up, then when you rub it, you'll have good luck... 
haha
I tried to play off the penny saying.

But really, you've heard to rub a buckeye for good luck, right?  I definitely grew up strictly following this belief.
rub, rub, rub
Then last year around this time I spent some time in Columbus, OH for work and my team (from the south) had never heard of a buckeye.  They thought a buckeye was a cartoon character or something.
half out of it's shell

Me:  No, it's a tree.  With lucky seeds.
a piece of the shell

Fast forward to yesterday.  The buckeye tree on my block is dropping it's seeds and they are just starting to pop out of their shells.  So I picked some up and brought them in for my co-workers on my team (even the one I don't like).  We are from Ohio, Minnesota, and two from Chicago so a bit of a mixed bag. 

Of course my co-worker from Ohio knows what a buckeye is and that it brings good luck.  The others...clueless.  They didn't know it was a tree either.

By yesterday afternoon the sidewalk was covered with them.  People stopped and looked around then up.  If you can make people stop on a sidewalk in Chicago (even if it is a side street) to look at nature, I think it's pretty amazing.

Is this just a Midwestern gem?

I love it.

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