Do you know what the hull says you should avoid on a day like this? Here we list nine things that can bring bad luck on Friday the 13th!
Have you considered that many hotels or high-rise buildings do not have a 13th floor and that the 13th row on an airplane can be stolen? According to skrock, 13 is an unlucky number and Friday is an unlucky day and together they make a really unlucky day! Do you also tend to avoid A-wells, panic when you accidentally break a mirror and spit three times over your shoulder if you’ve seen a black cat cross the road? You’re not alone! There are a whole host of things to avoid this Friday if you believe in horror.
Here are things to avoid today to avoid bad luck:
– Go on A wells.
– Put keys on the table.
– See a black cat crossing the road (by spitting three times over your shoulder you can prevent bad luck from striking).
– Don’t go under a ladder – it gives you three weeks of bad luck.
– Do not open an umbrella indoors.
– If you sneeze, it means your enemy mentions your name. Someone saying “congratulations” scares away bad luck.
– Don’t break a mirror – it brings seven years of bad luck. You can throw salt over your shoulder to scare away bad luck.
– Don’t spill salt (as long as you throw the salt over your shoulder on purpose, it’s okay…).
– Do not step on a crack in the street.
Why do we think Friday the 13th is an unlucky day?
But why do we think Friday the 13th would be an unlucky day? There are a whole range of different theories and the most famous one is connected with the death of Jesus. He died on a Friday (Good Friday) and during the Last Supper there were 13 people at the table (Jesus and his twelve disciples). The thirteenth disciple was Judas who then betrayed Jeus. A more modern theory is that the German stock market collapsed on Friday the 13th (1927), also known as “Black Friday” and that’s when the “Great Depression” started.
One survey from the insurance company Trygg-Hansa shows something quite different, namely that there are seven percent fewer injuries on Friday the 13th compared to an average day – and three percent fewer injuries compared to all other Fridays. Could it be that you are more cautious on a day like this or that it is a day you don’t really need to worry about?
If you are one of those people who like to stay inside today to avoid encountering situations that can bring you bad luck, the risk is that you suffer from Triskaidekaphobia – a fear of the number 13. If you have a fear of Friday the 13th, you may instead suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia.