World's Weirdest Superstitions
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Padlocks of Love, Bridges Worldwide
To show their devotion, couples chain locks to Ponte Milvio in Rome, a mass behavior that became such a nuisance that the mayor levied a fine in late 2012. In Greater Taichung, Taiwan, lovers chained padlocks on a particular bridge crossing a train track, a site designated for demolition that locals rallied to move and preserve. In Serbia, girls loop padlocks on Most Ljubavi (“Bridge of Love”) to protect their lovers, a practice inspired by a World War I tale. And Russian newlyweds choose to festoon locks on tree-shaped iron structures along Moscow’s Luzhkov Bridge.