Thursday, February 12, 2009

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th. Thought to be by some as the most unluckiest day of the year. Not much is known on why or how this day ended up to be known for it's black cats, broken mirrors, day of dread and most recently, a machete wielding, hockey masked maniac. There are some theories on how it all started but the bottom line is, if you're superstitious then this is the day to stay in bed, pull the covers over your head and wait it out. Here are a few facts about how the number "13" effects us today:
  • More than 80% of high rises lack a 13th floor.
  • Many airports in the United States skip a 13th gate.
  • Airplanes usually don't have a 13th aisle.
  • Hospitals and hotels usually don't have a 13th room on a floor.
  • Italy omitted the number 13 from it's national lottery.
  • Many major cities don't have a 13th street or avenue.
  • Some towns in Italy don't allow a number 13 for a house address. The house between number 12 and 14 is marked as 12 1/2.
  • People who fear Friday The 13th are called "paraskavedekatriaphobia".
  • The British Navy named a ship "Friday The 13th". On it's maiden voyage it left port and was never seen again.
While we're on the subject of superstitions, here are a few well known and not so well known good luck charms, signs of doom and other things to avoid on Friday the 13th:

  • A acorn should be carried in your pocket for good luck.
  • Spit on a new baseball bat before using for the first time to bring good luck.
  • It's bad luck to put a hat on a bed.
  • It's bad luck to put shoes on a bed.
  • You must get out of bed on the same side you got in or you'll have bad luck.
  • A bird that flies into your house is a sign of bad luck or death.
  • If someone is sweeping the floor and sweeps over your feet then you'll never get married.
  • Never take an old broom with you when you move into a new house or apartment.
  • Three butterflies seen flying together is good luck.
  • If a black cat walks toward you it's a sign of good luck. If it walks away from you it's a sign of bad luck.
  • A cat on a ship is good luck.
  • It's bad luck to light three cigarettes with the same match.
  • It's bad luck to pick up a found coin if it's tail side is up.
  • Dropping a comb while combing your hair is a sign of misfortune.
  • Crickets in your house is good luck.
  • Dogs howling in the dark of night,howl for death before daylight.
  • It's bad luck to count cars in a funeral cortege.
  • It's bad luck to wear new shoes to a funeral.
  • It's bad luck to cut your fingernails on a friday or a sunday.
  • It's bad luck to start a trip on friday.
  • It's bad luck to kill a lady bug.
  • It's bad luck to let milk boil over.
  • Unless you were born in October, it's bad luck to wear opals.
  • It's bad luck to see an owl in the sunlight.
  • If you spill pepper you will have a serious argument with a friend.
  • It's bad luck to get up from a rocking chair and let it continue to rock.
  • Put salt on the doorstep of your new house for good luck.
  • Placing a show on a table is bad luck.
  • It's bad luck to leave a shoe upside down.
  • The color blue is good luck.
With these small slices of wisdom I wish you all the best of luck this Friday the 13th. Oh yeah, avoid any crazy looking guys wearing hockey mask.


Poet said...

I did not know that superstition about the howling dog. Extremely interesting, not because I believe it, but because I completed a ghost story (yes, I posted it on my short story blog) that features a howling dog.

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