For weirdos like me it’s a sort of holiday.

I love Friday the 13th for the explicit reason that it is considered unlucky. When I was a kid my siblings and I would spend the day watching a marathon of Friday the 13th movies. Nowadays I don’t really have time for that, not to mention the sex and violence in those movies would traumatize my three year old.

I’m not a superstitious person but the idea of superstitions intrigue me. Where do they come from?

Some stem from religious means such as walking under a ladder. According to a source I found on, “Because a ladder had rested against the crucifix, it became a symbol of wickedness, betrayal, and death. Walking under a ladder courted misfortune.”

The superstition that black cats are witches in disguise also comes from religious roots and belief in the Devil.

Other superstitions just come from common sense like, never open an umbrella indoors. You can take somebody’s eye out with it! Plus it’s meant to protect you from the rain and it doesn’t rain indoors so you don’t need to use it inside anyway.

Some people have certain rituals to satisfy their superstitions. Like knocking on wood, skipping an odd step or throwing spilled salt over their shoulder.

For some people this day is a day to stay inside and block out the world. Some people are truly afraid of this day.  “According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day, making it the most feared day and date in history. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. “It’s been estimated that [US]$800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day,” says Wikipedia.

I like to think that we make our own luck. Your perspective on things is what determines whether your luck is good or bad. If you walk around thinking that certain things or actions are going to cause you bad luck you’ll believe that to be true. Try to focus on the positive!

With that being said I am going to enjoy this day and I hope you do to! Happy Friday 13th!


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