The "tradition" of eating black-eyed peas for luck on New Year's Day was INVENTED (yes, invented) by ELMORE TORN in 1947 (yes, 1947) in Texas.
Millions of Americans have been duped by this great con artist..
Here's the true story: http://www.texasescapes.com/CFEckhard...
Torn was an enterprising guy, stuck with canned peas and found a way to get rid of them and have a good laugh besides.
However, everyone loves the "tradition" anyway, and I must admit, I'll be eating them today also.