Are you superstitious? Then, September 13th – this Friday – may seem like an unlucky day to you. If you are superstitious you probably won’t be found under any ladders this Friday, either, because that would be like a double whammy! Historically, there is no written evidence about the Friday the 13th superstition before the 19th century. The earliest known documented reference in English occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13th. One theory states that it is a combination of two older superstitions: that Friday is an unlucky day and the number thirteen is an unlucky number.
Have you seen the movie, “Friday, the 13th” from 1980? This is what started many people today to believe in the fearfulness of this day. Did you know that in Spanish-speaking countries, instead of Friday, its on Tuesday the 13th that is considered a day of bad luck. In Italy, Friday the 17th (and not the 13th) is considered a day of bad luck. Some trivia about the number 13: Many people will not allow 13 people at one table, if there is exactly 13 people, a second table is set up. Skippers would not go out to see with a crew of 12, because with the captain, that would make 13 people. Many skyscraper buildings don’t have a 13th floor, they go from 12 to 14. Also you may not find a 13th row in a theater, due to some feeling unlucky!
Other superstitions to be found unlucky are breaking a mirror giving you bad luck for seven years, three sixes in a row, bad luck coming in threes, and opening an umbrella inside. The Cheeps aren’t that superstitious here at the office, but we won’t trust a black cat crossing in our path, either. On the other hand, good superstitions are easier to swallow. For instance, find a penny and pick it up, rubbing a rabbit’s foot, beginner’s luck, make a wish on a wishbone and crossing your fingers all are good superstitions. Someone wise once said, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have none!” If you are superstitious then look out for this coming Friday and December when we have another Friday the 13th!