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Sumo wrestlers make babies cry for good luck.

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While most parents do everything they can to keep their children from crying, this isn't always the case in Japan. That's because it's a 400-year-old Japanese belief that if a sumo wrestler can make your baby cry, he or she will live a long and healthy life. Parents hand over their infants to sumo wrestlers during a special ceremony, who bounce their precious tots up and down and sometimes even roar in their faces to get the tears flowing. "He's not a crying baby," Mae Shige said at a 2014 event, "but today he cried a lot for us and we are very happy about it."

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