This Friday the 13th, while many will consciously guard their luck,
a group of 13 will take fate into their own hands and gather to break
mirrors, spill salt, walk under ladders and break bread. It's just
another day for members of the HOLLYWOOD FRIDAY THE 13TH CLUB. An unusual
meeting, the 13 will gather at a predisposed restaurant known only
to the members. The meeting will start with a toast by the founder
of the club, followed by the group tearing up chain letters (pre-mailed
to members) and a raffle for items like Ouija boards and lottery tickets.
The unholy group will then eat hardily and mock superstitions. Salt
will be spilled. Black umbrellas will be opened. Mirrors will be cracked
and ladders will be passed under. Then the group, bellies full of grub
and ale, will crack fortune cookies and nibble from the club trademark
all-black cake (complete with black cat decoration). They will finally
pay the bill and depart, never to see each other again until the next
Friday The 13th.
Is nothing sacred?
The club has been meeting on random Friday the thirteenths since 1994
when Kalynn Campbell, an artist in Los Angeles, decided to honor the
dark side of superstition with a party. He read about a group in New
York that had been meeting for lunch every Friday the 13th since 1936.
Campbell loved the idea. "I thought to myself, this is brilliant!,
too bad I'm not in New York for this." So he started his own club
based in Hollywood, "You'd be amazed by the level of superstition
in this town, just about every actor has a good-luck charm, so I knew
a Friday the 13th club here would shake up the natives".
"My mother was born on a Friday the 13th, so the day was always
considered lucky around our house", Campbell related. "It
always amazed me how people would recoil at my flippant disregard for
the superstitions surrounding both the number 13 and the day in particular.
I know some reasonable, highly educated people who remain guarded on
Friday the 13th. In fact, it's the most widespread superstition in America.
I read that an estimated 21 million people suffer from the phobia of
Friday the 13th, amazing numbers. It's quite a black and white issue
with people as well, tell them you are throwing a dinner party on Friday
the 13th with exactly 13 guests all with the objective of making fun
of that day and watch the reaction. They'll either love the concept or
they'll move away from you very slowly, like you're a doomed man." When
asked why he continues to host the club dinner year after year, he smiles
and says, "It's very empowering to throw up a middle finger to
the taboos of 13, it's downright exhilarating!"
Little is known of the exact origins of the superstition, but most suggest
it has roots in Christianity. The head count for the Last Supper was
13, and of course one of the guests betrayed Jesus Christ (who would
be crucified on a Friday). Eve was tempted by the preverbal red apple
on a Friday, as began the Great Flood and on and on. Others note Pagan
beliefs, such as the number 13 in a covet of Witches. Most likely it
was a melding of many beliefs and superstitions that has led to our current
state of fear.
There is even a term for the Phobia associated with Friday the 13th,
Paraskevidekatriaphoba (say that 3 times fast!), and sufferers have a
deep morbid fear of that day - many stay at home, some even remain in
bed until the day has passed.
"To Paraskevidekatriaphobics, we're the Baker's Dozen of the Damned",
-AHN "Global News for the Digital World'
July 13, 2007
On Friday May 13, 2011, the digits
in the month, day, and year will add up to 13
MEMBERS DEFY BAD LUCK BY OPENING UMBRELLAS AT THIS
FRIDAY THE 13th POEM
This was published in the Kansas City Star in 1942 on a Friday the 13th.
The poem was signed, simply, "anonymous". It was no doubt written
to discourage Friday The 13th Parties.
On a 13th Friday
Gallows creaked in the wind
13 sat judgement
And 13 paid for sin
On a Friday like this
13 was the day
13 children ran freely
13 children at play
The cross of the gallows
A shadow it made
A curse was upon them
A curse had been laid
Their fathers before them
Souls not saved
All came to rest
In a Friday 13 grave
The children were burdened
Though they did not know
They carried the blood
That the 13 did sow
Fathers and Brothers
Uncles no more
Just the 13 children
With death at the core
For it was a Friday
13 was the day
The sinners were cursed
That their children would pay
And so it is said
They will die one by one
A 13th Friday
When this curse will be done
They will gather together
On that wretched day
"13 is so lucky"
They will laugh and say
They'll eat and drink
No superstitions they'll fear
They'll curse that number
So evil can hear
And they will boast
Without any care
But all will be dead
Within the new year
So when on a Friday
13 be the day
Shall 13 gather
Shall 13 play
Remember this warning
For no soul saved
With 13 a tombstone
And Friday a grave
CURT WALKING UNDER A LADDER WITH OPEN UMBRELLA UNDER
THE SHADOW OF A BLACK CAT. DO YOU FEEL LUCKY, PUNK?
THE BLACK CAKE IS SERVED....
MEMBERS SCRAMBLE TO FINISH THE SUPERSTITION CROSSWORD FOR
A CHANCE TO WIN A 1912 TITANIC - CURSED MERCURY DIME....
IT'S POURING BAD LUCK EVERYWHERE, BUT WE'RE PREPARED....
THE MEMBERS DO THE BLACK CAT LIMBO UNDER THE LADDER ONE
BY ONE..... AND THIS 13 COMES TO A CLOSE.TILL THE NEXT MEETING/DINNER,
"May all your 13's be lucky
and your Fridays come fast
May money fill your pockets
and enemies kiss your ass"
THANK YOU TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO ATTENDED THIS
Friday 13th - Truly Unlucky For Some
People who see themselves as unlucky should stay indoors on Friday the
13th, according to new research.
A study suggests those who consider themselves unlucky are more likely
to believe in superstitions associated with bad luck, such as the number
13.What is more, the researchers say, this
belief alone can actually lead to "bad luck".
Psychologist Dr Richard Wiseman, who carried
out the research, said: "Unlucky
people tend to buy into negative superstitions, like having seven years
bad luck after smashing a mirror. "If you're one of these people,
the fact that it's Friday the 13th could make you anxious and that will
make you more likely to have accidents, drive less well, and perhaps find
it harder to relate to other people. "So
your bad luck could be your own doing."
More controversially, Dr Wiseman believes some people actually want to
be unlucky because it helps them to avoid taking responsibility for their
own failings."It's a way of copping out," he said.
Dr Wiseman, of the University of Hertfordshire, said a quarter of those
surveyed thought the number 13 was unlucky.
A total of 4,000 people were asked if they
considered themselves lucky or unlucky, and whether they engaged in any
superstitious behaviour. The survey found that "lucky" people
tended to believe in superstitions designed to bring good luck, such as
touching wood, crossing fingers and carrying a lucky charm.
"Unlucky" people were drawn to
bad luck superstitions, such as breaking a mirror, walking under a ladder,
or having anything to do with the number 13.The results showed that 49%
of lucky people regularly crossed their fingers compared with 30% of unlucky
people. In contrast, just 18% of lucky people became anxious if they broke
a mirror, compared with 40% of unlucky people. But the number 13 brought
out the biggest difference between the lucky and unlucky, with more than
half of people who considered themselves unlucky dreading the number, as
opposed to just 22% of lucky people.
The most widely held superstitious belief
was touching wood, which 86% said they did. That was followed by crossing
fingers (64%), not walking under ladders (49%), fear of breaking a mirror
(34%), being worried about the number 13 (25%), and carrying a lucky charm
(24%). Dr Wiseman said: "These are surprisingly high figures, and
indicate that superstition is alive and well in modern Britain. "Indeed,
amazingly, 86% of Brits said that they carried out at least one of these
superstitious behaviours. "Even scientists are not immune from superstition.
For example, 15% of people with a background in science said that they
feared the number 13."
Dr Wiseman has set up a website to continue
his Luck Project, where anyone can contribute to the research. -BBC
Deaths Shock Town
Winning Tattslotto could not guarantee long and happy lives for two Victorian
brothers, who both died soon after pocketing big payouts.
Gordon Young and his wife Bev were planning to spend their recent $800,000 Tattslotto
jackpot win on a dream tour around Australia when they were struck and killed
by a car during an afternoon walk on Tuesday.
The death of the recently retired couple from near Leongatha, both in their early
60s, stunned Mr Young's older brother Eric.
Another brother, Keith, died from diabetes after sharing a $1 million Tattslotto
win about seven years ago.
"It's really a freak coincidence that Bev and Gordon died after winning
the money, especially as Keith died a few years after winning $200,000," Mr
Young told AAP.
"I will never buy a Tattslotto ticket again because that's now two brothers
who have died and I don't want to be next."
He said Gordon and Bev Young, from Meeniyan near Leongatha, had been looking
forward to spending their winnings on a tour round Australia.
"Everyone in the town is very shocked because Bev and Gordon were so popular
and they lived life to the full," said Eric Young.
"They were into lots of sports like golf, tennis and bowls and they got
involved in everything."
Mr Young retired in July after working for 24 years as a depot supervisor at
the South Gippsland Shire Council, a shire council spokeswoman said.
His brother said the couple often went walking on the stretch of road near Meeniyan
where they were hit.
"The road is on a crest of a hill but it is not considered dangerous," he
"But I have been driving coaches for 45 years and I know that things happen."
The couple leave behind three children, Mr Young said.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalised.
Police today said the driver of the vehicle had been interviewed but no charges
had been laid.
Locals in the small township of Meeniyan told AAP they were too distraught today
to speak about the couple, who were born and bred in the town.
Unlucky Restaurant Reopens On Unlucky Day CINCINNATI -- After one very unlucky month earlier this
year, a Cincinnati restaurant is thumbing its nose at fate -- by reopening
on Friday the 13th.
Twice during May, cars crashed into the Washington Platform Saloon and
Restaurant at its corner location downtown.
Owner Jon Diebold jokes that his place should now be known as the "home
of the one-two punch." He's had T-shirts made up with a bull's-eye
on the back and the slogan, "You can't miss us." And, there's
a sign outside telling customers: "Restaurant Open, Drive-Thru Closed."
Diebold is hopeful the Washington Platform won't be knocked out of commission
again. The corner entrance has been rebuilt with a concrete and steel post
that he said would stop a bus.
The Black Friday
fires of January 13, 1939, in Victoria, Australia, are considered one
of the worst natural bushfires (wildfires) in the world, and most certainly
the single worst in Australian history as a measure of land affected.
MOST DANGEROUS DAY
OF THE YEAR NOT FRIDAY THE 13th
By Lisa Adams IT'S the perfect excuse to climb back into bed and pull the covers over
You can forget Friday the 13th because
November 27 - is officially the unluckiest day of the year, according
to research. Astudy of one million insurance claims showed that people
were most likely to have an accident on this date than on any other. Car
crashes, DIY disasters and house fires are just some of the hazards which
people struggle with.
Kevin Sinclair, managing director of AA
Insurance, said: "Friday
the 13th is associated with bad luck, but records show you're statistically
more likely to have an accident or break something on November 27." The
disaster stories include a man who put his foot through a ceiling while
fetching Christmas decorations from the loft. Then there was a woman who
forgot she had left the tap running, causing her bath to overflow and flood
thehouse. And a family saw their home wrecked when their cat knocked over
a candle, causing a fire. Stormy weather, longer nights and leaves on the
roads in November also make driving conditions more treacherous, according
to the AA.
If you need any more reasons to take the day of f and try again tomorrow,
here's our rundown of some of the events through history which make November
27, the 331st day of the year, so unlucky.
1703 The first Eddystone Lighthouse in
Corn w all was destroyed in a storm. Owner Henry Winstanley who was on
the lighthouse completing additions to the structure, disappeared without
1880 When English chemist Joseph Wilson
filed the patent for the electric light on November 27, he thought he'd
make a fortune with the invention. But unluckily for him, Thomas Edison
had come up with the same idea at exactly the same time thousands of miles
away in America. The pair became locked in a costly legal battle before
eventually being forced to share the limelight by merging as the Edison
and Swan United Electric Light Company.
1934 Bank robber Baby Face Nelson died
in a shoot-out with the FBI. Nelson, an enforcer for gangster Al Capone,
robbed a bank a day for a month. But Nelson's luck ran out at 8pm on November
27, when he was shot 17 times after a high-speed chase.
1942 The Nazi army's grip of Europe tightened and at Toulon on November
27 the French navy took the difficult decision to scuttle its ships and
submarines to keep them out of enemy hands.
1970 Pope Paul VI was attacked at the airport
in Manila, Philippines, by a Bolivian knifeman. He suffered a chest wound
but recovered, remaining Pope until his death in 1978.
1975 Guinness Book Of Records co-founder and editor Ross McWhirter was
shot dead outside his home by an IRA gunman. He had offered a reward of
£50,000 for information leading to the arrest of IRA bombers.
1978 In San Francisco, California, city
mayor George Moscone and openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated
by former supervisor Dan White. Thousands turned out to mourn the two murdered
politicians, carrying candles as they marched through the heavily gay Castro
neighbourhood in Milk's district and filed past City hall.
1983 A Colombian Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid's Barajas Airport, killing
183. Only 11 passengers survived.
1989 107 people were killed when a bomb exploded aboard a Colombian jetliner.
1996 23 people died when a Russian Ilyushin- 76 military cargo plane crashed
in central Siberia. It may have crashed because it was carrying too heavy
1997 Four people died when their twin-engine
plane crashed into a hangar at a US airport in Nevada. The plane blew up,
destroying the hangar and another plane which was stored there.
2002 Much-married Hollywood socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor, then 85, was badly
injured in a car crash.
Moms-to-Be Delay Births on June 6, 2006 Superstitious mothers-to-be take steps to make sure babies aren't born
on June 6, 2006
(AP) Around the country, some superstitious mothers-to-be took steps Tuesday
to make sure their babies were not born on the most bedeviling of dates,
In New York, "people are canceling left and right
because of what today represents," said Liza Washington, an administrative
assistant at Children's Hospital of the New York-Presbyterian Medical Center.
More than a dozen deliveries were postponed because of 666, which is said
to be the "Number of the Beast" in the Book of Revelation. Many
of the expectant mothers had been scheduled to deliver babies by Caesarean
section or after doctors artificially induced labor.
Julie Haley, 33, of Reading, Mass., went into labor Monday.
As of Tuesday afternoon, she still had not given birth. "We were going
to try to get it out before midnight or I was going to keep my legs closed," she
said. "I don't want her to have
that stigma for the rest of her life. When she gets older, her friends
would say that anything bad would be because of her birthdate."
n Wichita, Kan., a woman suddenly realized that her delivery date was
June 6, and asked her doctor to delay the birth, said Dr. James Whiddon
of the obstetrics and gynecology department at Wichita Clinic.
Another baby was born early because of 666.
Tabitha Unternahrer of Wayland, Iowa, was supposed to have a C-section
on Tuesday but called her doctor and had the date moved up. Her daughter,
Taryn Reney, was born May 31.
Lucky Days ~ is today your lucky day?
Below lucky meanings and influences of someone's day of birth have been
collected from books and other sources. No claims are made.
Do you have a lucky day? Is it today your perhaps tomorrow? Well, any
day can be. But the day you were born on can have as much influence on
the luck of your life as the star you were born under.
Born on a SUNDAY
Born on the first day of the week, you probably have an optimistic outlook
on life. It is said that your luck, generally good, will be even better
if you wear gold. Sunday is also a lucky day for people born under the
sign of Leo.
Born on a MONDAY
Silver charms, especially crescents, will bring you luck if you were born
on a Monday. You are likely to have an active imagination, and people
find you attractive.
Born on a TUESDAY
You will find luck in wearing red if your birth date was on a Tuesday.
You are enthusiastic about life and have a great influence over others.
If you were born under the signs of Aeries or Scorpio, Tuesday is your
Born on a WEDNESDAY
If you were born in the middle of the week, blue is your lucky color and
jewelry with blue stones should always be set in silver. You get along
extremely well with all kinds of people. If your birth date is in the
sign of Aquarius, Gemini, or Virgo, Wednesday is your lucky day.
Born on a THURSDAY
A Thursday baby will grow up with an overpowering love of travel and the
adventure of discovering new places. When you go, be sure to wear a charm
representing an ankh or a cross of some kind for good luck on your journey.
People born under the sign of Sagittarius can expect good luck to come
their way on Thursday.
Born on a FRIDAY
If you were born on a Friday, you will be very lucky in love. Diamonds
are your best friend and they are sure to bring you luck in everything
you do. Friday is among the luckiest of all days, considered auspicious
for people born under four different astrological signs: Cancer, Libra,
Pisces and Taurus. Possibly that is why so many agree with the expression, "Thank
God it's Friday!"
Born on a SATURDAY
Born on a Saturday, you are likely to be a workaholic. But you don't mind.
You know that hard work pays off. You can increase your luck at work
by wearing a charm in the form of an hourglass. But you will also find
a gold watch a luck-bringer, unlikely as that may seem. It is a lucky
day for Capricorns.
jinx (jĭngks) n. 1. A person or thing that is believed to bring bad luck.
2. A condition or period of bad luck that appears to have been caused by
a specific person or thing.
tr.v. jinxed, jinx·ing, jinx·es
To bring bad luck to.
[Possibly from jynx, wryneck (from its use in witchcraft), from Latin
iynx, from Greek iunx, perhaps from iuzein, to call, cry.]
------- A jinx, in popular superstition and folklore, is:
• A sort of curse placed on a person
that makes them prey to large numbers of minor misfortunes and other forms
of bad luck;
• A person afflicted with a similar curse, who, while not directly subject
to a series of misfortunes, seems to attract them to anyone in his general
• An object or animal that brings bad luck.
• A common slang term used when two people say the same thing at the same
time (said as a game amongst the young and young hearted which suggests
some kind of spooky supernatural interference).
The superstition is sometimes used when talking about a future event with
too much confidence. A statement like "We're sure to win the contest!" can
be seen as a jinx by tempting fate. After such a statement, failure would
be ironic. For the human mind, the irony makes it all the more likely.
This therefore brings bad luck: it is a "jinx".
The etymology of the word is obscure.
• It may come from Latin iynx, that is, the wryneck bird, which has occasionally
been used in magic and divination and is remarkable for its ability to
twist its head almost 180 degrees while hissing like a snake. The Jinx
bird is found in Africa and Eurasia.
• It may be the plural of jink treated as singular.
The earliest use of the word "jinx" to refer to something other
than the bird seems to have been in the context of baseball; in Pitching
at a Pinch (1910), Christy Mathewson explained that "a jinx is something
which brings bad luck to a ball player."
Barry Popik of the American Dialect Society suggests that the word should
be traced back to an American folksong called Captain Jinks of the Horse
Marines, which was first popular in 1868. One verse in one version goes:
The first day I went out to drill
The bugle sound made me quite ill,
At the Balance step my hat it fell,
And that wouldn't do for the Army.
The officers they all did shout,
They all cried out, they all did shout,
The officers they all did shout,
"Oh, that's the curse of the Army."
The reference to various misfortunes and a curse lend plausibility to this
The Online Etymology Dictionary entry for jinx states that the word was
first used, as a noun, in American English in 1911. It traces it to a 17th
century word jyng, meaning "a spell", and ultimately to the Latin
word iynx. African American blues songs make many mentions of
jinxes, far more than are found in Anglo-American usage. As in earlier
sports references, it may be spelled jinks, and some blues singers treat
the word as a plural ("these jinks"):
• Papa Charlie Jackson sang in 1926 that a "bad luck woman is a
jinx and a worry too."
• Blind Lemon Jefferson recorded a song in 1928 in which he said "that
brown in Chicago have put that jinx bug on me."
• Buddy Moss recorded "Jinks Man Blues" in 1934, with the lyrics, "I'm
just a mistreated man, and the jinx is on poor me."
• Peetie Wheatstraw was in double trouble in 1934 as he sang, "Last
Sunday I had the blues, last Monday night I had the jinx." and
in 1936 he complained "Somebody's put a jinx on me, oh well, well,
and I can't have no luck at all."
• Bo Carter, a Mississippian, claimed in 1936 that his girlfriend was
so powerful that "she can stand in Memphis, man, and put the jinx
• Johnnie Temple had better luck, for he sang about his girlfriend, "Jinkie
Lee", who took the jinx off of him.
• Will Weldon sang, "Well, the jinx on me, I can't see the reason
why; but seem like these jinx sure oughta pass me by."
• Charley Jordan recorded in 1936, "I woke up this mornin', baby,
with the jinx all over me."
• Son House recorded the definitive two-part "Jinx Blues" in
1942, beginning with the line, "I woke up this morning with the
jinx all around my bed."
Official Rules of Jinx
Here are the official rules of Jinx. Of course, different
communities may have different rules, which I consider perfectly valid
when in those communities.standard in your area.
1. If two people say an entire word simultaneously, the first person to
subsequently say the word "Jinx" places a Jinx on the second
2. Someone who is Jinxed is not allowed to speak. If he or she speaks,
the Jinxer has the right (but not the obligation) to punch the Jinxed person.
3. A Jinx can be broken in two ways. First, anyone saying the Jinxed person's
name instantly releases the Jinxed person. The other way to break a Jinx
is to say a word simultaneously with any other person. Once this happens,
the Jinxed person can say "Jinx" to pass the Jinx on to the new
person. Of course, the Jinxed person runs the risk of saying a word that
does not synchronize with a word uttered by a third party. Then, he or
she risks being punched by the original Jinxer. Let me illustrate this
with an example:
Bob, Koosh, and Tom are all having a conversation. Bob happens to say a
word at the same time as Koosh, and Bob yells "Jinx". Now, Koosh
is jinxed. Whenever Koosh attempts to break his Jinx using the synchronous
word method, Bob punches him. Finally, Koosh succesfully synchronizes a
word with Tom. Koosh yells "Jinx", and now Tom is the Jinxed
4. When releasing someone from a Jinx, any familiar variant of that person's
name (including nicknames) is permissible.
5. If, after a simultaneously spoken word, both speakers simultaneously
yell "Jinx", then a personal Jinx scenario is available. The
speakers must count aloud from 1 to 10 as fast as possible, while clearly
enunciating each number. After reaching 10, they must yell "Personal
Jinx". If "Personal Jinx" is spoken in synchrony, the count
must restart from 1 again. A Personal Jinx is much stronger than a traditional
Jinx in that the only way to break a Personal Jinx is to be released by
the Jinxer. Again, either saying the person's name or synchronized speech
is sufficient for a Jinx release.
6. Multiple way Jinxes are possible and encouraged. If three people simultaneously
say a Jinx, one person can Jinx the other two by simply shouting out "Jinx".
Using this method, I was able to Jinx several thousand people at Fenway
Park who were stupidly shouting "Let's Go Red Sox" in synchrony.
Many of them are still under Jinx and I still entertain the right to punch
them whenever they talk.
7. Partial word Jinxes are strictly forbidden. The ENTIRE word must be
spoken in synchrony, not just the last syllable. If there is doubt to whether
or not synchrony was achieved, the Jinx is declared void. I realize this
is a harsh rule, but it is necessary to prevent renegade Jinxing. After
a successfully timed Jinx, the Jinxed person realizes that he is caught
and the honor of the game prevents him from protesting the Jinx. If you
come across dishonorable Jinx players, simply refuse their participation
in your Jinx community.
Well, I think that's enough rules to get you started in Jinx! Of course,
like any sport, there are countless nuances and subtle rules, such as the "Dropped
Third Strike Jinx". But I think you have enough to digest for now.
Good luck and happy Jinxing! Remember, it's just a game! -http://alvinlin.blogspot.com/2005/10/official-rules-of-jinx.html
Toilet Cleaning Craze in Japan TOKYO (Reuters) - Cleanliness has long been next to godliness for the hygiene-conscious
Japanese, but fortune-tellers are now advising those who want to succeed
in life to start by scrubbing the smallest room.
"Cleaning the toilet to attract luck" published this month is
the latest in a series of books advising readers on how to attract good
fortune using a brush and an array of cleaning fluids.
"Don't just wipe the floor, polish it," the book instructs. "It's
important to maintain a positive mood while cleaning."
The books are inspired by Buddhist teachings and feng shui, a traditional
Chinese belief that people's fortunes are determined by their surroundings.
The idea that Lady Luck may be hiding in the lavatory has been taken up
by magazines and television programmes.
"I won the lottery! I married my ideal person! I got pregnant!" read
some of the claims on the cover of another book on the topic, published
The idea that a clean toilet can bring good fortune, or even make you more
beautiful, has existed in Japan for many years, according to Yuka Soma
of Makino Publishing in Tokyo, editor of one of the toilet books.
But she is still waiting for a big stroke of luck.
"I've always cleaned my toilet every day, so it never really gets
dirty," she said. "At least it's easy that way and it probably
helps keep my family healthy," she said.
(c) Reuters 2007
---- Marines Superstitious Of Apricots LIVING SUPPORT AREA SEVEN, Kuwait
- Better not say the "A" word
around some Marines getting ready for war with Iraq. Superstitions are
almost as common as M-16's among the soldiers and Marines in the Kuwaiti
desert. One of the no-no's is apricots. For some reason the fruit is considered
bad luck among the tank crews. They toss away the dried fruit and won't
even sip a drink containing apricot juice. But that's not good enough for
some Abrams tank crews. The Wall Street Journal reports they won't even
utter the "A" word — and simply call it the Forbidden Fruit.
---- Statue's Toe is Source of Superstition EDINBURGH, Scotland (UPI) -- The big toe of a statue in Scotland honoring
philosopher David Hume has become a regular destination for people seeking
The 9-foot tall statue that resides in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh
is a touchstone for students and children seeking knowledge or philosophical
enlightenment over the years, the Scotsman reported.
Sandy Stoddart, the sculptor who created the piece, said Hume would likely
not condone the superstitious practice. He said the practice, however,
is likely to last well into the future.
"The great thing is that it's so ironic that David Hume, who is the
patron saint of all the atheists, should now have his toe adored," Stoddart
"We are seeing the birth of an ancient tradition with this toe rubbing," he
added. "What we are seeing is the future -- they will be doing this
100 years from now."
Hume's statue may now be added to a short list of worldwide statues used
for superstition -- such as George Mason University's statue to its namesake
and a London sculpture of Winston Churchill -- the newspaper said.
CAR CRASH CLAIMS 'HIGHER FOR FRIDAY 13TH'
Superstitious motorists take note - Friday the 13th really is an unlucky
day for drivers, according to new crash statistics.
Claims for accidents are considerably higher than average if the 13th falls
on a Friday, a survey by insurance company Norwich Union found.
Analysis of the six Friday the 13ths which occurred between 2002 and 2006
shows that claims on this day were higher than the average - spookily by
a factor of 13 per cent.
By contrast, whenever a 13th in that period did not fall on a Friday,
claims were lower than average.
When the value of claims is assessed - rather than the number of claims
- Friday the 13th was the second worst day of the month for the cost accidents
behind the first day of the month.
The "safest" day to travel is the 26th of the month, which saw
an eight per cent drop in the number of claims compared with an average
Norwich Union motor underwriting manager Nigel Bartram said: "Our
analysis on dangerous days for driving has given some credence to people's
superstitions regarding Friday the 13th."
He added: "Though it's difficult to say for certain why this is, one
reason could be that people alter their driving behaviour in response to
a perceived 'unlucky' day.
"In reality, changing driving behaviour in reaction to a perceived
risk - as opposed to a real risk such as snow or ice - does not necessarily
translate to safer driving.
"Therefore, by altering driving behaviour to change their luck, motorists
may create a decidedly unlucky self-fulfilling prophecy."
First Las Vegas casino opens in Macau:
A tough crowd to please By MATT WARD Las Vegas Business Press
On Jan. 24, Macau's Gaming & Inspection Coordination Bureau announced
that the city's 2006 casino revenues were just shy of $7 billion.
Casino operators are aware these days that, before any casino is built
in Macau, the first employee hired should be a Feng Shui master. The design,
color scheme and decor of the casino is nearly as important as the games
themselves in attracting and keeping Asian players. The concept of luck
is acutely important in Asian cultures. It can be facilitated by smart,
culturally aware decisionmaking or it can be hindered, driving away valuable
For example, Woolf explains, some things -- objects, animals, colors,
numbers -- are extremely meaningful to the Chinese player. It's a bad sign
to have water falling from the ceiling when there is no water coming from
the floor. Chinese players find it more appealing (read: lucky) to play
facing water, their backs to the mountains.
They also enjoy playing in places where red is the dominant color. Too
much red, however, means better luck for the casino owner than the players.
Some superstitious gamblers will decide which casino to go into based
on which direction the entrance is facing. A calculation will be made based
on that information; the casino owner's birthday also figures into the
equation. Perhaps the casino will be lucky for 10 years or 20. After that,
however, the direction of the entrance will need to move or else the superstitious
gamblers will find a luckier place to park their money.
There are uniquely Asian touches. Slot players win if they line up lucky
eights, not sevens, as per local superstitions.
"Don't ever greet a player with a slap on the back," Woolf said
of another cultural faux pas. "It's bad luck."
Once, baccarat managers sat in chairs near the table, to better supervise
the games. But players stopped showing up because the supervisors would
sometimes cross their legs, pointing the soles of their feet at the players.
What made that so offensive? "That's like mooning them," Woolf
Sands gets ready for demolition 31 July 2007
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Any
myths or superstitions about the numbers 777 being eternally lucky were
shattered Monday by Bryan Locuson and his wrecking machine.
"Using a giant Komatsu excavator's imposing crab-like claw, Locuson
single-handedly began destroying the Sands Casino Hotel's decorative facade
that contained kitschy, gambling-themed icons — including the supposedly
'lucky triple 7s.'
"The towering 777 icon depicted a jackpot on a Sands slot machine.
No match for the excavator's power, the numbers came crashing down in a
shower of glass, plastic and metal. Then Locuson pried off oversized replicas
of a champagne bottle and a saxophone in quick order.
"It's Friday the 13th
with so much to dread.
Some people embrace it
and just stay in bed." -anon
Nail Penetrates Worker's
Skull On Friday The 13th CHENNAI : There is a superstitious belief that bizarre events happen on
Friday the 13th.
Whether 18-year-old Kannikaraj is of the superstitious lot or not is quite
uncertain, but he did have a freak accident on that day, something that
he might not forget quickly.
On Friday, Kannikaraj of Padappai, who works as assistant to a carpenter
employed by a small firm, was rushed to hospital with a nail lodged in
his scalp. The drilling gun used by his senior, who was fixing a nail at
a height, slipped and fell on his head, embedding the nail in the scalp.
Doctors at the Government Stanley Hospital found that a five-cm nail had
penetrated the right side of his skull. About three cm of the nail was
inside the brain.
Neurosurgeons performed an emergency surgery and have placed him under
observation for a week to rule out infection-related complications. --- Friday the 13th Proves Unlucky for Father and Son
FRIDAY 13 proved to be an unlucky day for a North Tyneside playwright when
he was forced to cancel performances in the borough.
Peter Mortimer has taken 12 years to finally complete his explosive play,
Chain, a compelling and harrowing tale of life on the Meadowell Estate.
But a run of bad luck meant that Peter was without his son and lead man,
Dylan, for the opening performances at the Buddle Arts Centre, Wallsend.
Ironically, Dylan, 19, who plays a troubled teenager on the council estate
who is beaten up, was attacked himself in the town two days before he was
due to take to the stage.
Peter said: "Dylan was attacked in town by several youths and got
a broken nose, plus a broken hand, two black eyes and a severely swollen
"As a result we were unable to perform at the Buddle on Friday - the
"He was still too injured to perform on the
But the bad luck was set to continue for the pair. They decided to put
on a public dress rehearsal free of charge in an attempt to make it up
But in true Friday 13 style, just before the play would finally go ahead,
the Buddle's stage lighting system failed, meaning that good-will gesture
had to be abandoned.
Peter added: "We had sold a good many tickets for the Buddle and have
offered people their money back.
"This is the first time Cloud Nine has had to cancel a first night,
and a bizarre sequence of events, as well as being very distressing.------
Thirteen Not Unlucky for India's Top Judges
NEW DELHI – Justice in India involves
endless patience and a little luck but the country's top judges have decided
there is no room for superstition.
The Supreme Court has encouraged a private plea from a man in the southern
state of Kerala who argued that not to have a number 13 court ran counter
to the country's secular constitution as it was based on a fear implicit
in Christian thought.
As in many other countries, Indian buildings rarely have a 13th floor,
hotels rarely have a room number 13 and aeroplanes do not have a 13th row.
But in February local judges had rejected N.K. Chandramohan's plea as 'frivolous'
and fined him 10,000 rupees ($220) for trying to 'malign' them.
On Monday, however, the Supreme Court said such beliefs had no place in
the country's legal system.
'Such superstitious behaviour cannot be encouraged,' a three-member bench
said in New Delhi, and said it would hear the case again soon.
Sociologists have many theories as to the provenance of the belief in the
negative powers of the number 13.
Some say it is based on ancient pagan beliefs but others argue it stems
from the Biblical story that 13 people attended the Last Supper of Jesus
'The High Court is one of the instrumentalities of the state and cannot
have any peculiar affinity or hatred to the outlook and belief of a particular
religion,' Chandramohan said in his petition.
Bad Fortune Telling
Leads to Beating (Shanghai Daily)
A Hubei Province native was charged yesterday with assaulting his roommate
for misreading his fortune.
The roommate, who prosecutors only identified by the surname Xiong, was
left blind in his left eye by the beating last July.Prosecutors said when
the suspect, who they only identified by the surname Dai, learned that
his roommate was good at fortune telling, he asked for a reading early
last year. Xiong told Dai he would have good luck in June 2005. Dai was
very happy with the news and paid Xiong 200 yuan (US$25). But when June
came, Dai faced bad luck instead of good luck, he told prosecutors. He
had previously purchased a car, but he didn't transfer the ownership or
pay all of the necessary fees. So his car was seized temporarily in June
and Dai was asked to finish the necessary process, which cost him a lot
of money. Dai said he didn't have any good luck during the entire month.
In July, Dai accused Xiong of misreading his fortune. But Xiong argued
200 yuan payment was so little and Dai wouldn't get an accurate fortune.
Dai became angry at the words and allegedly punched Xiong in the face,
rupturing his left eyeball and leaving him blind in that eye. According
to law, Dai faces three to 10 years in jail if found guilty, said the prosecutors.
Number 13 unlucky in Lottery
Number 13 is the unluckiest ball in the UK National Lottery. According
to organisers Camelot In the 12 years since the Lotto was launched in the
UK, 13 has only been drawn 132 times.
Couple Flout Friday
the 13th with Wedding Day
MOUNT ZION - What's with all the superstition hype?
Thomas Cummins and his fiancee, Tonya Nolen, don't have a phobia of Friday
the 13th and see it as a good day to get married.
Today, unlike other couples, they are dismissing any notion of having ill
luck, not leaving their house, not running away from a black cat that crosses
the road or even checking into a hotel with a room 13.
Cummins and Nolen have been together for 13 years and waited until today
to tie the knot. Their wedding and reception will be at the Lion's Center
in Mount Zion.
Nolen, 38, was hesitant to get married on Friday the 13th, but she said
her fiance insisted on a date that has always been lucky for him.
"I believe you make your own luck," said Nolen, who doesn't believe
On the other hand, Nolen's brother's wife will not leave the house on Friday
the 13th, and her sister-in-law doesn't plan on attending the wedding because
she remains fretful about the date.
As for Cummins, his luck began when he first got his tonsils removed on
a Friday the 13th in 1970. He said he's never been sick since.
About 20 years ago, on a Friday the 13th, Cummins was working at a car
wash on Eldorado and a $20 bill blew his way, he recalled.
A couple of years ago, also on a Friday the 13th, Cummins and his son entered
a catfish tournament at Lake Decatur. He said it was getting late, and
he had only caught four small fish near the dam area. They decided to move
closer to the marina and ended up catching a 19-pound white head catfish
and won the tournament
"I've been teasing my fiancee, Tonya, that I was going to get a black
cat to let loose at the wedding," he said, laughing about his good
Wayne and Angie French of Decatur traveled this week to Ohio where their
son, Matt French, 25, is getting married today.
Angie French said her new daughter-in-law picked the day by default because
she wanted an outdoor wedding at a particular park.
"The park is very popular and had very few dates available, and it's
a beautiful setting with a center to hold an indoor reception," French
said, noting that her family usually isn't superstitious.
She thought it was funny how the Fellows Riverside Garden Park in Youngstown,
Ohio, where the wedding will take place, has a two-hour limit for events
and is always booked. Now, her lucky family has use of the park for the
entire day: Friday the 13th. By SHEILA SMITH - H&R Staff Writer
Is 7/7/07 lucky marriage number? Cape Cod Times/James Warren
June 04, 2007 When Leah Cullen flipped through the calendar to pick her wedding date,
she chose July 7, 2007.
"Seven's a lucky number, and I love the sevens together," says
the Harwich resident.
Little did she know she'd be part of a trend.
Thousands of couples around the country will be tying the knot on 7/7/07,
including "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria and her fiance,
San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker, according to People magazine.
"It's one of the more popular (wedding) dates of the decade," says
Richard Markel, of Monterey, Calif., head of the 800-member Association
for Wedding Professionals.
The excitement over the almost numerically perfect date began bubbling
last year, Markel says. Wedding professionals nationwide report that the
first Saturday in July has been booked for months. Some venues even took
double bookings to accommodate the demand.
Although national statistics are not available, more than 37,000 couples
have signed up with theknot.com, a wedding planning Web site, saying they
plan to marry that day. That's about a 300 percent increase from the average
Saturday in July, according to Kathleen Murray, deputy editor of the site.
A combination of factors adds to the day's nuptial appeal.
People who are into numerology figure the 7-7-7 combination may be lucky
for them, Markel says.
The number seven also has spiritual significance. "There are a lot
of sevens in the Bible," Markel says.
And as luck would have it, this year July 7 falls on a Saturday, the biggest
day of the week for weddings.
Numerical dates play a role in weddings. Markel says 6/7/08 is already
shaping up to be another hot wedding day. But Sept. 11 is still slow.
"Nobody wanted 6/6/06 because they thought it would be an unlucky
date," says Clarissa Davis, catering manager at Chatham Bars Inn,
in reference to the numerical combination linked to the Antichrist. It
also fell on a Tuesday.
The novelty date is running hot and cold on the Cape.
Of 140 engagement announcements on file with the Cape Cod Times, only two
couples listed it for their wedding date. September is the most popular
wedding month on the Cape, according to local wedding professionals, overriding
June, which is typically rainy.
Judy Fligg, manager of Sposabella Bridal in Hyannis, knows of at least
a half-dozen July 7 Cape brides.
"We got a lot of inquiries," says Kim Sohlman, catering sales
manager for the Cape Codder Resort & Spa. "People thought the
numbers were kind of neat."
"A lot of people wanted that date," says Kathleen Lonergan, director
of catering at the Sea Crest Resort & Conference Center in North Falmouth,
which is hosting two July 7 wedding receptions.
"Normally we don't have many weddings in July," says caterer
Olive Chase, owner of the Casual Gourmet in Centerville, who is catering
three July 7 weddings. Some couples called her months in advance.
But the date's a dud, according to others.
Anthony's Cummaquid Inn and Chatham Wayside Inn have no wedding receptions
slated for July 7.
Bob Oldsman, owner of White's Caterers, has a reception scheduled almost
every Saturday from May through October, but not on July 7.
Photographer Christine Ferullo won't be shooting any weddings on July 7.
"The Cape is a destination place, and most people (who get married
here) are from out of state. Maybe they aren't that superstitious," says
Ferullo, who owns Bello Photography in Mashpee with her photographer husband,
July 7, 2007, is high on some couples' lists.
Daisha Manfredonia of Hartsdale, N.Y., booked her July 7 wedding with a
Cape caterer the day after she and her fiance, Ryan Lahey, got engaged
a year ago. Seven is the bridegroom's favorite number. He wore it when
he played sports in school.
Manfredonia hopes the date will bring them luck.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing, so we might as well have all the
stars lined up," she says. "If it worked for my parents (who
celebrate their 30th anniversary on July 17, 2007), maybe it will work
Manfredonia sports a good-luck charm: her platinum band engagement ring
with seven diamonds.
The number seven will be the prominent motif in their elaborate black-and-white
wedding in her parents' Barnstable Village backyard. The bridal party will
have the unconventional number of four bridesmaids and three groomsmen.
Their six-tiered wedding cake will sit on a stand to make it look as if
it has seven tiers. Each table will be adorned with seven candles. The
bride's bouquet will be entwined with seven pearls in the shape of an "L," the
initial of her new surname.
Sevens figured prominently in Leah Cullen's life. Her fiance, Ryan Gillis,
was born on 7/1/71. Their Dennisport condo is unit 17. And former Red Sox
player Trot Nixon, her favorite player, wore No. 7 on his jersey.
"It's a lucky number," she says.
But she's a little disappointed that so many other couples are getting
married on her wedding day.
"Everybody thinks we're following the trend," she says.
Nina Brandin of Broomfield, Colo., picked July 7 mainly because it was
available. She and her fiance, Walker Jones, wanted to get married at her
family's summer home in Barnstable Village.
"I'm an artist, and 7/7/07 has a good look to it on our invitations," Brandin
says. "It's pretty cool."
Yet the bride doesn't buy into the lucky seven factor.
"I appreciate the folklore," she says, "but I really don't
believe in it."
Although she got engaged on Christmas Day in 2005, Krista Holbrook of West
Yarmouth is waiting until 7/7/07 to exchange vows with Josh Campbell.
"I just wanted to get married on a cool date," she says. "I
hope it will bring us good luck."
Besides, there's a perk to getting married on 7/7/07.
"It will be hard to forget our anniversary," Holbrook says. Johanna Crosby can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lucky baby born on 07/07/07 Saturday, July 07, 2007 Autumn Perry
FLINT (WJRT) (WJRT) -- (07/07/07)--Many were calling Saturday the luckiest
day of the century. That proved true for a Swartz Creek couple who are
now proud parents.
Hudson Walker Higgins was born at McLaren Regional Medical Center on 07/07/07.
He weighed in at six pounds and three ounces.
Stephanie was sitting on her couch at home on Friday night when her water
broke. She called her husband, Justin, and told him to come home quick.
"She said my water broke," Justin said. "She was on the
phone with the doctor and we came straight up here to McLaren."
Little Hudson was on his game early, helping his father cash in on a bet. "The
due date was the 14th," Justin said. "I've been saying all along
he'll be here 07/07/07 -- and he is."
The nurses taking care of the Higgins family say Hudson is doing very well. "Eating
well and from the sound of it they had a really good night with him," said
Nurse Janelle Comfort. "So far the baby has turned out good for them."
Mom and dad couldn't agree more. "Really good," said Stephanie. "Really
13th not more unlucky, study shows
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Unlucky for some? Dutch statisticians
have established that Friday 13th, a date regarded in many countries as inauspicious,
is actually safer than an average Friday.
A study published on Thursday by the Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics (CVS)
showed that fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur when the 13th
of the month falls on a Friday than on other Fridays.
"I find it hard to believe that it is because people are preventatively
more careful or just stay home, but statistically speaking, driving is a little
bit safer on Friday 13th," CVS statistician Alex Hoen told the Verzekerd
In the last two years, Dutch insurers received reports of an average 7,800 traffic
accidents each Friday, the CVS study said. But the average figure when the 13th
fell on a Friday was just 7,500.
There were also fewer incidents of fire and theft, although the average value
of losses on Fridays 13th was slightly higher.
(Thu Jun 12, 2008 Reporting by Tineke van der Struik; Editing by Catherine Evans)
Friday 13th Brings Good Luck To Yankee
On 4th Try At Record
Clemens Gets 300th Win The Rocket finally reached 300 wins Friday night and entered an even more
exclusive club, becoming only the third pitcher with 4,000 strikeouts as
he led the New York Yankees over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2.
Friday The 13th Bad-Luck Day For Singer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- You can't blame country singer Gene Watson if
he's a little superstitious about Friday the 13th. Watson, 63, and his
Farewell Party band were on their way from Houston to perform on the
Grand Ole Opry when their bus caught fire just outside of Nashville.
The blaze ignited from a broken axle shaft spewing grease. Watson and
his band were trying to keep it from spreading under the floorboard.
They fought it for about 30 minutes until firefighters arrived, she said.
No one was harmed, though Watson did singe his hair.
Friday The 13th Is His Lucky Day
John Tobin, a 53-year-old former salesman, likely will never look at Friday
the 13th as a day of doom again.That's because the Palm Harbor resident
found out he won a Florida Lotto jackpot estimated at $33-million on
Friday, April 13.
NOT LEERY OF EERIE 13 PROOF THE TIMES ARE CHANGING Does the 13th floor have a lower market value? Especially
today - Friday the 13th? Some hoteliers and developers must think so, because
for decades, many hotels and high-rise apartments have bowed to superstition
and forgone a 13th floor or labeled it the 14th. But directors at the new
Embassy Suites in downtown Tampa don't see what the fuss is about. The
20-story building opened Nov. 12, with - you guessed it - a 13th floor.
There wasn't really any debate around the decision, said Jeff Silsbee,
director of the front office. "The builders asked our director of sales if she minded having
a 13th floor," he said, "and she saw no reason not to." Maybe
two or three people have asked to be moved from the 13th floor, Silsbee
said. But "more people will say, 'It's the lucky 13th floor.' " Count
Microsoft as still respectful of the specter. It will reportedly name its
next Office release Office 14. Its last release: Office 12. By Christina
Rexrode, Times Staff Writer
There is little rhyme to the pattern in
which Friday the 13th appears. In 1997, it happened only once, in June.
The following year there were three Friday the 13ths, and if that weren't
enough, two of them happened in consecutive months (February and March).
But wait, there's more. On Friday, March 13, 1998 there was also a full
Moon and a lunar eclipse. The Gregorian calendar repeats itself every 400
years, so some calculations have been worked out. As it turns out, the
bump that leap years cause means the 13th of the month will fall on a Friday
more often than it will any other day of the week. Over a 400-year span,
the 13th will be a Friday 688 times. Thursday the 13th, by contrast, will
only occur 684 times. An easy way to tell if you're about to experience
a Friday the 13th is to keep track of the first day of each month. If it
falls on a Sunday, then the second Friday in the month will be Friday the
If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have
no luck at all. (Blues Song)
Luck is the rich Uncle you wish would
visit more often. - Kalynn Campbell
"The elusive clover, tiny leaves of four, find one growing, be unlucky
One leaf for fame, One leaf for wealth, One leaf for love, And one leaf
A root for under and A stem for over, The green is for life, all in a 4-leaf
RABBIT FOOT MOJO
So your soul is sick
and your luck is black
your head is low
and your job was sacked
No penny with luck
no 4-leaf clovers grow
no horseshoe will hang
no relief from woe
No mojo bag helps
no hot-foot powder too
well here's the goods
to fix bad hoodoo:
Just pick a Friday
thirteen on the day
and hunt up a hare
in this exact way
Visit the graveyard
with a small barrel gun
and cross your eyes
till the deed is done
A hack from a blade
when the moon is new
only a left hind foot
of a jackrabbit will do
now take this charm
dry and don't boil
then rub it well
with Van Van oil
so strong it will be
luck will never wain
if carried real close
or as a keychain
Bernie Madoff's pain is a Queens man's gain as Ponzi schemer's jail number
is a Lotto winner On Friday The 13th BY ERIN DURKIN
Someone is finally making some
money off Bernie Madoff.
A Queens construction worker used the swindler's prison number to play
the lottery and won $1,500.
Ralph Amendolaro, 50, noticed the digits under Madoff's mug on the front
page of the Daily News the day after he pleaded guilty - 61727-054.
When he stopped at a corner store near his Glendale home on Friday March
13, he played the last three digits in the New York State Lottery's Numbers
"I'm going to be a winner with this guy even though everyone lost
money with him," Amendolaro thought at the time. "Somebody had
to get a little lucky with him."
Amendolaro doubted Madoff, who is expected to spend the rest of his days
behind bars, would be happy to hear someone cashed in on the $65 billion
"He'll probably look to charge me on the investment that I made off
of him," he said.
"He'll probably want a cut."
Bad Luck: A bat flying into the house
Bad Luck: An owl hooting 3 times
Bad Luck: 3 butterflies together
Bad Luck: Looking at the new moon over your left shoulder
Bad Luck: A 5-leaf clover
Bad Luck: Breaking a glass while proposing a toast
Bad Luck: Putting a shirt on inside out
Bad Luck: Red and white flowers together
Bad Luck: Hearing a rooster crow at night
Bad Luck: Cutting your nails on a Friday
Bad Luck: Putting a hat on a bed
Bad Luck: Getting out of bed left foot first
Bad Luck: Violets blooming out of season
Bad Luck: A picture falling
Bad Luck: Breaking a mirror
Bad Luck: Singing before breakfast
Bad Luck: Opening an umbrella indoors
Bad Luck: Giving away a wedding present
Bad Luck: Stepping on cracks in the sidewalk
Bad Luck: An itch inside your nose
Bad Luck: Crossed knives
Bad Luck: seeing an owl during daylight
Bad Luck: If a dog suddenly barks for no apparent reason in a house that
has a sick person then
Bad Luck: You must wear new clothes at Easter or you will have bad luck
Bad Luck: There will be an argument if knifes are crossed at a table.
Bad Luck: Breaking a mirror means 7 years of bad luck, unless you take
the pieces outside & bury them in moonlight. Also, an undisturbed mirror
in a house suddenly fall & smashes then it means that there will soon
be a death.
Bad Luck: Unless you were born in October, the wearing of an Opal will
Bad Luck: If pepper is spilt, then you will have a serious argument with
Bad Luck: Sparrows are said to carry the souls of the deceased to the
after-life. To kill one means that you will be cursed.
Bad Luck: It is extremely unlucky to open an umbrella inside a house.
Bad Luck: If a groom drops the ring during the ceremony then the marriage
is doomed to failure.
Bad Luck: Breaking a plate, especially if it had not already been cracked.
Bad Luck: To see the new moon for the first time through glass. Upon seeing
the new moon you should turn whatever silver you have in your pockets or
handbag, and thus ensure prosperity for a month.
Bad Luck: To upset pepper
Bad Luck: The blossom must never be cut from the tree and brought into
the house before May 1, or ill fortune will attend you.
Bad Luck: Never mend a garment while you are wearing it, or misfortune
Bad Luck: Breaking a mirror portends seven years of bad luck. It is also
extremely unlucky to receive a mirror as a present
Bad Luck: To make a present of a knife or any other sharp instrument unless
you receive something in exchange.
Bad Luck: Walking under a ladder, unless you cross their fingers while
Bad Luck: It brings ill fortune if a lease or any contract is signed in
the months of April, July, or November.
Bad Luck: To spill ink threatens worry, annoyance, and the failure of
a project that is on foot.
Bad Luck: Crossing two table-knives by accident portends bad luck.
Bad Luck: To give a pair of gloves to a friend unless you receive something
Bad Luck: To encounter a gravedigger coming towards you. Usually this
means there will be a severe illness.
Bad Luck: For those who completely rake out a fire before retiring. A
few embers should always be left.
Bad Luck: To break a glass bottle portends misfortune
Bad Luck: If you fasten a button into the wrong buttonhole
Bad Luck: if a candle falls over
Bad Luck: For a golfer to borrow your partners umbrella
Bad Luck: Throwing stones into the sea cause bad luck
Bad Luck: Starting a cruise on a Friday
Bad Luck: Stepping on board a ship with your left foot
Bad Luck: To open an umbrella in the house
Bad Luck: It is unlucky to sit on a table unless one foot is touching
Bad Luck: If a person stumbles when leaving his house at the beginning
of a journey, or trips or stumbles more than once during the course of
the journey, it is advisable to postpone it.
Bad Luck: To pass anyone on the staircase.
Bad Luck: New shoes should never be left on a table
Bad Luck: To put on the left shoe before the right, and it is worse still
to put the right shoe on the left foot, or vice versa.
Bad Luck: Friday the Thirteenth - The Scandinavian's believed that the
number 13 was unlucky due to the mythological 12 demigods being joined
by a 13th, an evil one, who brought misfortune upon humans. It was also
said that Christ was crucified on Friday and the number of guests at the
party of the Last Supper was 13, with the 13th guest being Judas, the traitor.
Bad Luck: Walking under a ladder - A leaning ladder forms a triangle with
the wall and ground. Triangles represent the Holy Trinity, and violating
the Trinity by breaking it (walking through it) would put you in league
with the devil himself.
Bad Luck: Black Cats - In ancient Egypt, the Goddess Bast was a black,
female cat. Christians, wanting to rid society of all traces of other religions,
convinced the ignorant that black cats were demons in disguise and should
thus be destroyed. In the process, they also destroyed the kindly ladies
who cared for the cats, believing them to be witches. Being demons, a black
cat crossing your path would create a barrier of evil, cutting you off
from God and blocking the entrance to heaven.
Bad Luck: Spilling Salt - Salt used to be an expensive commodity used
mainly for medicinal purposes. For this reason, spillage was to be avoided
at all costs. The idea that it is unlucky to do so probably stems from
the belief that Judas spilt salt during the last supper. Throwing spilt
salt over the left shoulder is linked to its medicinal use. If it could
not be administered, the next best thing was to throw it into the eye of
the evil spirits that brought sickness upon us. These spirits were thought
to lurk behind your shoulder, waiting for an opportunity to strike.
Bad Luck: Spilling salt. If both salt and pepper are spilt at the same
time, the force of this ill omen is doubled.
DEATH BY SUPERSTITION
There is a funeral going on in your town, do not travel long distances
or travel out of your town. You have to stay in your town until the funeral
is over, for if you leave during a funeral before it has finished your
trip will be full of bad luck.
If you hear 3 knocks and no one is there, it usually means someone close
to you has died. The superstitious call this the 3 knocks of death.
If you leave something that belongs to you to the deceased, that means
the person will come back to get you.
If a firefly/lightning bug gets into your house someone will soon die.
If you smell roses when none are around someone is going to die.
If you don't hold your breath while going by a graveyard you will not be
If you see yourself in a dream, your death will follow.
It is said that if a dead person appears to you in a dream and asks you
to go somewhere with them, don't do it! No matter how much you loved the
person in life, if you agree to go somewhere with them you will soon follow
them in death.
If someone dies and a child that is too young to understand death was close
to that person, you must cross them over the open grave or they will be
haunted with memories of the deceased.
If you look at a full moon over 20 times in one night, bad luck will be
cast upon your whole family, with a following death not late after.
If you see an owl in the daytime, there will be a death.
If you dream about a birth, someone you know will die.
If it rains in an open grave then someone in the family will die within
If a bird pecks on your window or crashes into one that there has been
If a sparrow lands on a piano, someone in the home will die.
Two deaths in the family means that a third is sure to follow.
You're not supposed to walk among a cemetery with open graves without a
veil over your head. Especially children.
If a bird gets into a house there will be a death
When you experience a chill up your spine, someone, somewhere has just
walked across your future grave site.
If a picture falls off the wall, there will be a death of someone you know.
If you spill salt, throw a pinch of the spilt salt over your shoulder to
·Never speak ill of the dead because they will come back to haunt you or
you will suffer misfortune.
If you take pictures of someone while in their casket, you will bring death
into your family immediately.
You must always leave the house using the same door as you came in or face
a horrific death.
If a clock that's stopped working chimes suddenly then a death will befall
If a mirror is broken and a piece of it lands over the threshhold of your
house then the next person to enter your house will die.
If a robin redbreast flies in the window of your house, there will be a
death in the house.
Once you have left a cemetery, if you remember something you have left
behind (a scissors for cutting flowers, a trowel for planting blooms) you
cannot go back for it and must leave it there because you risk bringing
death away with you if you do.
If you say the name Mary Worth 100 times into a mirror in a darkened room
and she appears in the mirror, you will soon die.
If you look into the eyes of the deceased, they will haunt you forever.
If your dog becomes rabid, it fortells a death in the family.
If you are the last one who talks to someone who dies, they will be with
If you wear a necklace with a cross, and it breaks, your death is near.
If a white dove flies at the windsheild of your car someone in your household
will die a natural death soon.
When a loved one dies, pour bourbon around the room in little drops to
prevent evil spirits from coming into the house.
If a group of people are near a fireplace on New Year's Eve and one of
the people's shadows does not have a head, that person will die within
Look up at the moon and if there is something red passing by it, someone
close to you will die very soon.
Leaving shoes on a table for an extended period of time will bring sickness
If you take three steps backwards while walking away from a loved one's
grave, you will die within the next three months.
A grain of salt takes a second of life away. if u get covered in salt you
will most certainly die soon.
If you see an ant in the winter, it means death for all people living in
If you brush your hair more than 111 times a day, you or somebody very
close is sure die.
If your hair begins to turn grey before the age of 30, you will probably
die 20 years earlier than expected.
If any animal dies in the household, you must get rid of all memories of
him or he will haunt the house.
Water in the grave (when dug out for the coffin) means they will be restless
If you see a raven flying toward your house, the woman you love is doomed
to die unless you can keep it away from landing on your house.
If you see an ambulance or a hearse you must touch a button or you'll be
the next one in it.
The cry of a curlew or the hoot of an owl foretells a death.
A single snowdrop growing in the garden foretells a death.
Having only red and white flowers together in a vase (especially in hospital)
means a death will soon follow.
Bringing hawthorn blossom into the house will be followed by the death
of the mother of the house.
Sailors believe that a sick man on board ship will not die until land has
If a dead person's eyes are left open, he'll find someone to take with
Mirrors in a house with a corpse should be covered or the person who sees
herself will die next.
Pregnant women should not attend funerals.
Nothing new should be worn to a funeral, especially shoes.
When a good life was lived, flowers will grow on the deceased's grave.
But if the deceased was evil, weeds will grow.
It is bad luck to meet a funeral procession head on.
Funerals on Friday portend another death in the family during the year.
If a broom is rested against a bed, the person who sleeps there will die
Taking ashes out of a stove after sundown will bring a death in the family
If you count the cars of a passenger train, you will hear of a death.
When you see large drops of rain, there has been a death.
Seeing a white chicken on your way to a funeral brings bad luck.
If a woman is buried in black, she will return to haunt the family.
If rain falls on a corpse, the deceased will go to heaven.
Thunder following a funeral means that the dead person's soul has reached
You will have bad luck if you do not stop the clock in the room where someone
If your rose blooms twice in the same year, it brings death.
If a cow moos after midnight, it is an evil omen.
If you prick your finger on the thorn of a red rose that looks black, you
A white moth inside the house or trying to enter means death.
To see a tree blooming out of season means death as does dreaming of a
Hearing a hen crow means death, unless you kill the hen.
If a hearse stops while passing your house, it will choose its next victim
from your house.
If the coffee grounds in the bottom of a cup form a long, straight line,
anticipate a funeral.
Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in
A diamond-shaped fold in clean linen portends death.
A dog howling at night when someone in the house is sick is a bad omen.
It can be reversed by reaching under the bed and turning over a shoe.
·If you touch a loved one who has died, you won't have dreams about them.
A hat on the bed means death in the family.
If an owl looks in the window of your home during daylight hours, a death
will occur in the family.
Never hand scissors to someone or they will encounter a painful death.
If you hold your breath while you drive by a cemetery, evil spirits can't
enter your body.
You should always cover your mouth while yawning so your spirit doesn't
leave you and the devil never enters your body.
The soul of a dying person can't escape the body and go to heaven if any
locks are locked in the house.
If a cow raises its head and smells the air, someone has died nearby.
Never put your shoes on the table or you will die by hanging.
If rain falls on a funeral procession someone related to the deceased will
die in the near future.
Rain falling upon an open grave means bad luck for the family.
United States of America
The number of original colonies the United States was founded from. The
original flag had thirteen stars, one for each state. New stars have since
been added whenever a new state joins the union, but the idea of adding
stripes for new states was soon dropped, so the American flag to this day
has thirteen horizontal stripes: six white ones and seven red ones.
The Great Seal of the United States has:
13 levels of the truncated pyramid,
13 letters in "E Pluribus Unum", which appears in the banner
running through the eagle's beak on the right side of the bill's reverse.
13 letters in the phrase "Annuit Coeptis", which appears over
the pyramid on the left side of the bill's reverse.
13 stars above the Eagle,
13 leaves on the olive branch,
13 olives on the olive branch,
13 arrows held by the Eagle, and
13 bars on the shield.
The number of guns in a gun salute to U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps
Major Generals, and Navy and Coast Guard Rear Admirals Upper Half.
The Naval Jack of the United States has 13 stripes, 7 red and 6 white,
the rattlesnake has 13 buttons on its rattle, and the motto "Don't
Tread on Me" has 13 letters
Bad Luck Charm
A woman's husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months
yet she stayed by his bedside every single day. When he came to he motioned
for her to come nearer.
As she sat by him he said You know what? You have been with me all through
the bad times. When I got fired you were there to support me. When my business
failed you were there. When I got shot you were by my side. When we lost
the house you gave me support. When my health started failing you were
still by my side... You know what?
What dear? She asked gently.
I think you bring me bad luck.
Many people consider it lucky to carry a coin with their birth date. Some
say that coins found heads-up are also lucky, and that a coin minted
in a leap year will bring good fortune. Luckiest of all are coins that
are bent or have holes in them, espesically if they turn up as change
after making a purchase. The luck of such coins is enhanced if they are
carried in a left-hand pocket or worn around the neck. Coins can bring
luck in literally hundres of ways. You will have good luck if you keep
a jar of pennies in the kitchen. The first coin you receive each day
should be placed in an otherwise empty pocket and it will attract more.
A coin in a new jacket, handbag, or wallet will bring good luck. If you
get pennies as change on a Monday, you will have good luck all week long.
Click here to read about why we can not resist of tossing a coin into
a fountain or wishing well for good luck.
In Scotland, a strange black cat on your porch is a sign of upcoming prosperity
(that means lots of money and success).
In some countries, if a black cat crosses your path, you will have GOOD
luck. In other countries, it is bad luck.
Some people believe that if you talk nice to the cat or stroke the cat
3 times, it will make the bad luck go away and bring good luck. Others
believe that if you take 12 steps backwards (from where you came), it will
change to good luck.
In Ireland, when a black cat crosses your path in the moonlight, it means
there is going to be an epidemic illness (many people are going to get
sick and die).
Hundreds of years ago in Italy, it was believed that if a black cat lay
on the bed of a sick person, that person would die.
Many years ago in England, fishermen's wives kept black cats in their
houses while their husbands went away to sea in their fishing boats. They
believed that the black cats would prevent danger from occurring to their
husbands while they were away.
It is not known where this superstition began. Stroking the tail of a
black cat will cure a sty in the eye. (A sty is a sore on your eyelid.)
Here is another unknown country where this began. Thirteen cats in a theater
are bad luck. Another superstition is that one black cat in an audience
of an opening night at a theatre will mean a successful play.
tI is believed that seeing a black cat in a dream may
mean something bad may happen in your life.
In some countries, if a black cat comes into a house it is considered a
lucky sign. People should not chase the cat away because the good luck
will leave with the cat.
Black Cats and Halloween
Some believe that black cats have special powers and abilities. Others
believe that black cats are witches in disguise. It is also believed that
witches had black cats as helpers for performing their witchcraft. Others
believe that black cats are the demon in disguise.
Black cats have become a Halloween symbol because it was believed that
spirits could come back in the body of an animal. It was also believed
that witches owned black cats because they were their spirit friends.
Good luck associated with black cats include:
• Possessing a black cat.
• Having a black cat greet you at a door.
• Having a black cat enter your home.
• Meeting three black cats in succession.
• Touching a black cat.
Bad luck associated with black cats include:
• Meeting a black cat early in the morning.
• Having a black cat turn its back on you.
• Scaring or driving away a black cat from your property.
• Walking under a ladder after a black cat has walked underneath it.
• The superstitions surrounding actors and actresses were more prevalent
in the Middle Ages, when performances would take place live in a theatre.
Apparently theatre actors were some of the most superstitious people of
all time, with thousands upon thousands of magical beliefs that would dictate
their lives and work.
• Here's a sample:
• Good Luck Superstitions:
• It is good luck to wear a wig
• Visitors must enter a dressing room with their right foot first
• When you leave your dressing room, leave with the left foot first
• It is good luck to fall once during a performance
• To stave off bad luck during the performance, trip when first going on
• It is good luck to be pinched before your performance
• Have dolls and other lucky charms in the dressing room
• If you spill powder, dance on it for good luck
• Accidently smear lipstick on your teeth when you are putting it on your
• If you kick off your shoes and they land on their soles, you will have
• A bad rehersal means the performance will be great
• It is good luck for someone to wish you "Break a leg!" before the
• Start a performance thirteen minutes late
• Have a cat backstage for luck (although if it runs onstage it means bad
• It is good luck to say "shit" or "merde" at least once
during the performance
• It is good luck to perform Cinderella
• It is good luck for one actor to be a hunchback
• Drink champagne on opening night
• The same costume should be worn night after night when performances are
• Bad Luck Superstitions:
• It is bad luck to have a play open on a Friday
• It is bad luck to open a play on the 13th of the month
• It is bad luck to use yellow, green or blue on stage
• If shoes are placed on a chair in the dressing room it is bad luck
• Having three candles on stage or in the dressing room is bad luck
• It is bad luck to leave a piece of soap behind that you've been using
• It is bad luck to have real flowers on stage
• Do not use real food, drink, or jewelry on stage
• Do not open an umbrella on stage
• It is bad luck to use the words "turkey" and "bomb" in
• It is bad luck to whistle at any time during the performance
• It is bad luck to perform Macbeth or Robin Hood
• It is bad luck to look over the shoulder of another actor while they
• Do not have pictures in the dressing room
• People should not knit near the stage
• It is bad luck to have a picture of an ostrich on stage
• It is bad luck to wear peacock feathers
• Do not quote the last word of a forthcoming play before the performance
• Sailors have attributed superstitions to almost all aspects of their
work and life on the sea. One of the common traits of superstitious belief
is that the subject matter of the superstition usually involves some uncertainty
and because of our desire to feel secure, we create superstitions to account
for all the possible outcomes, thereby minimizing our lack of control (or
making us feel as though we have reduced the risk.) This concept can be
seen most clearly in the sailing profession and is largely due to the uncontrollable
weather that the sailors life and work is powerless before. The job, more
so in the past than in the present and in the days of pirates, was a very
dangerous one and the slightest mistake could spell disaster for all on
board. To deter any type of dangerous action and behavior, superstitions
could serve as a warning and therefore minimize future calamities. It also
brought comfort to passengers and crew.
• One of the most repeated verses that originates from a sailor superstition
• Red sky at night, sailor's delight
Red sky in the morning, sailor's warning
• For sailors, it was lucky:
• to smash a bottle against the boat just before sailing
• for sailors to have tattoos
• to throw an old pair of shoes overboard just after launch
• to have a black cat on board
• for a child to be born on the ship
• for sailors to wear gold hoop earrings
• to touch the collar of a sailor
• to step aboard using the right foot first
• For sailors, it was unlucky:
• to name the boat with a word ending in "a"
• to have the bottle not break when used in the launch ceremony
• to change the name of a boat
• to sail on a green boat
• to sail on a Friday
• to see rats leaving a ship
• to have someone die on the ship
• to whistle on board a ship
• to cross an area where another ship once sunk
• to lose a bucket at sea
• Other sailing superstitions:
• Women and clergymen as passengers bring bad luck
• If you meet someone with red hair, a clergyman, or someone with cross-eyes
on the way to the harbor, you are encouraged not to set sail
• A bell ringing by itself on the ship is a death omen for one of the crew
• The word "drown" can never be spoken at sea or it may summon up the
• A ship without its figurehead will not sink
• Horseshoes on a ship's mast help turn away storms
• A ship will sail faster when fleeing an enemy
• A ship carrying a dead body will sail slower
• Seabirds are thought to carry the sould of dead sailors
• Whistling, cutting nails and trimming beards at sea will cause storms
• The raven is said to be the most prophetic of birds, with knowledge of
both private and public misfortune; we still speak of having 'the foresight
of a raven'. The American Indians call it the 'Messenger of Death'. Perhaps
the most famous superstition associated with it is that if the famous ravens
living in the Tower of London should be lost or fly away, then the reigning
royal family will die and Britain itself will fall. The bird is indeed
widely regarded as a creature of ill omen, and if one is heard croaking
over a house then there will be sickness or death inside before long. An
explanation has been ventured that the bird has a particularly acute sense
of smell and can discern the odour of decay from some considerable distance.
If the bird actually flies about the chimney croaking when someone lies
ill inside, then that person's fate is sealed. Scottish deerstalkers, however,
believe it bodes well for the hunt to hear one before setting out. Ravens
facing the direction of a clouded sun are said to presage hot weather,
while if they are seen busy preening themselves, there is rain on the way.
And if they are seen flying towards each other then this is an omen of
• A cricket on the hearth has been a sign of household luck for thousands
of years. And the idea is prevalent in every corner of the world. Possibly
the belief stems from prehistoric times, when a cricket's chirping provided
a kind of companionship. The cricket has also served as a watchdog in China
and otherAsian countries for generations. At any sign of danger, the chirping
will stop. Almost every Native American tribe believed in the cricket as
a bringer of luck, and they regarded imitating the sound a cricket makes
as disrespectful. In the Far East as well as across Europe, it is considered
very bad luck to kill a cricket, even by accident. Images of crickets appear
on charms and amulets, particularly those intended to ward off the evil
eye, in most ancient cultures of the Middle East and Europe. One of the
best-known in America is the large weather vane on Boston's Fanuel Hall,
a copper cricket fashioned by our Colonial forefathers to protect the building.
In the ancient Middle East, this blue stone was believed to have supernatural
powers, It was said to have been the center piece of King Solomon's ring.
In India, it has the Power to bring health and wealth. Among its other
powers in other parts of the world are the ability to repel spiders, to
protect virgins, to turn away envy, and to attract the attention of the
• Breaking a mirror can even make a skeptic shudder for a brief moment! The superstition
is an old one and has managed to keep its strength over the years. In fact,
many superstitions exist for mirrors but the particular beliefs centering around
broken mirrors are the most common today.
• Mirrors are thought to have two supernatural abilities:
• They bring bad luck
• The help tell the future
• Before mirrors came along, any reflective surface was considered to be magical
and credited with the ability to look into the future. In ancient mythology we
can often find the gods and goddesses, as well as mere mortals, looking into
the still water to catch a glimpse of their fate. The power of reflective surfaces
to captivate and deceive are also featured strongly in such myths as Narcissus
and Snow White. Reflective surfaces like shiny metals and mirrors were also used
to receive messages from the gods.
• Queen Elizabeth's court magician and well-known alchemist, John Dee, used a
mirror for scrying. He has been credited with prophesying the plot to kill King
James in 1605.
• Because mirrors were thought to hold the key to the future, to break one was
to shatter your own future. One of the techniques devised to reverse the bad
luck was to bury all the pieces deep within the earth. Another superstition for
breaking a mirror was that shortly thereafter a family member would die.
• Other Mirror Superstitions:
• To see your reflection in a mirror is to see your own soul, which is why a
vampire, who are without a soul, have no reflection.
• If a couple first catch sight of each other in a mirror, they will have a happy
• If a mirror falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will soon die.
• Any mirrors in a room where someone has recently died, must be covered so that
the dead person's soul does not get trapped behind the glass. Superstition has
it that the Devil invented mirrors for this very purpose.
• It is bad luck to see your face in a mirror when sitting by candlelight.
• Before mirrors, in ancient societies, if you caught sight of your reflection
or dreamt of it, you would soon die.
• Someone seeing their reflection in a room where someone has recently died,
will soon die themselves.
• Babies should not look into a mirror for the first year of their lives.
• Actors believe that it is bad luck to see their reflection while looking over
the shoulder of another person.
• To see an image of her future husband, a woman is told to eat an apple while
sitting in front of a mirror and then brush her hair. An image of the man will
appear behind her shoulder.
• Lots of superstitions center around money. Almost all forms of currency have
at least one superstition associated with them. The most common superstition
heard today, with respect to the penny, is the rhyming verse: "Find a penny,
pick it up, and all day long you'll have good luck." This may have originated
in the rhyme: "Money on the floor, more at the door."
• Penny superstitions also include:
• Carry a penny for luck.
• Tossing a penny overboard while traveling at sea will ensure a safe trip.
• Keeping a jar of pennies in the kitchen is good luck.
• If giving a gift of a purse or wallet to someone, put a penny in it for good
luck. (With inflation, this superstition has now grown to a dollar bill!)
• Keep a coin in a baby's pram or crib and the baby will grow up to be healthy,
wealthy and wise.
• Finding a penny means more money is coming your way.
• Putting the first penny you receive each day into your pocket will attract
more throughout the day.
• Coins with holes in them are especially lucky.
• Tossing a penny when you have a problem will allow the fates to take care of
the problem for you.
• Tossing a penny over your left shoulder, into a wishing well or body of water,
while making a wish, will make your wish come true.
Giving birth: "A child born on a Friday is doomed to misfortune."
Getting married: "As to Friday, a couple married on that day are doomed
to a cat-and-dog life." (1879)
Recovering from illness: "If you have been ill, don't get up for the first
time on a Friday." (1923)
Hearing news: "If you hear anything new on a Friday, it gives you another
wrinkle on your face, and adds a year to your age."
Moving: "Don't move on a Friday, or you won't stay there very long."
Starting a new job: "Servants who go into their situations on Friday,
never go to stay." (1923)
When it's raining and the sun is shining,
the Devil is beating his wife. If you want to hear it, you have to put
a nail in the ground and put your ear to the head of the nail and listen.
When you're sleeping and you try and try to wake up, but you can't, it
means that the witch is riding your back. You have to lay a broom across
the door to stop this from happening.
• If you do not present a new pair of shoes to a poor person at least once during
your life, you will go barefoot in the next world.
• If you make a bedspread or a quilt, be sure to finish it or marriage will never
come to you.
• A spider is a repellent against plague when worn around the neck in a walnut
• Salty soup is a sign that the cook is in love.
• An acorn at the window will keep lightning out.
• An acorn should be carried at all times to ensure a long life.
If you have a dream about fish you, or some one you know is pregnant. This usually
happens among women. Fish, specifically salmon are known to go to great lengths
Old shoes should be worn on Friday the
13th for good luck.
Unlucky $50 bills - NASCAR Racer and Las
Vegas native Kyle Busch turned down a $50 bill from the outgoing speedway
president of Charlotte Motor Speedway this past week. Speedway president
Humpy Wheeler was handing out personally signed $50 bills to various drivers
as a going-away souvenir.
So what's the big deal? Long time Las Vegas gamblers have always been superstitions
about $50 bills, considering them bad luck. I've personally seen people
sit out a hand of blackjack or call their craps bets off when a $50 bill
has been placed on the table.
I'm not sure of the origins of this notion, but I've always made it a point
to change a $50 at the casino cage if I was going to play a table game.
Bottom Line: Next time you put down a $50, now you'll know why if some
funny looks come your way! Ted Newkirk - www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com
Hawaiian Superstitions September 14th, 2008 by Rodney
Shauna’s (Mis)fortune or perhaps a better prize? blog entry touched upon
good and bad luck and favorite numbers. Some of her readers contributed
versions of their superstitions.
KAN mentioned not carrying pork over the Pali highway at night or whistling
at night. Ynaku listed a Big Island version of not carrying pork over Saddle
road at night or vacuuming at night.
Opso share how he got major scoldings from his grandparents for sticking
his chopsticks into a bowl of rice. I’ve always heard of this one but never
saw it until my uncle passed away. After the funeral, we went to his house
and my auntie had us all offer incense at the butsudan. And right there
in front was a bowl of rice. The rice was shaped into a mound and the two
chopsticks were stuck in - pointing straight up. After I saw that, I NEVER
poke my chopsticks into my rice. It gave me chicken skin when I saw it.
BC listed one that many of us didn’t know about: Never empty a pot of
water in the sink by pouring away from you because that’s how they bathe
the deceased. Always pour the water towards you or to the side.
HNL2LAS listed about opening an umbrella in the house, cutting fingernails
at night, and never looking into a mirror at night in the dark. After a
weird nightmare the other night and using the bathroom, the mirror at night
thought crossed my mind. After turning off the bathroom light, I just headed
straight back to bed. Did not look back towards the mirror. Doubt if I
ever will anymore.
The Dork Knight touched upon a couple more funeral related superstitions.
Never pass food chopstick to chopstick because that’s how bones of the
deceased are transferred. And never make round musubis (but he didn’t know
why). Snow chimed in and shared with us how she actually saw round musubis
at a funeral.
Ynaku remembered a Filipino custom where the people used to wash their
hands in vinegar water - a cleansing ritual after touching the dead.
Hemajang shared one that I never heard of - when you get a fish bone stuck
in your throat, make a cross (x) with your chopsticks on top your chawan
(rice bowl) and sip tea from each quarter space of the crossed chopsticks.
Anklebiters was taught to drink chazuke (tea/rice) to dislodge the fish
bone. He said that one always worked for him.
And 9th Island Girl wanted to know the origin of why one should never
point in a graveyard. I was told never to point at a graveyard and if I
did, I should bite my finger - which I do.
So with Shauna’s blessing, I thought we could explore more superstitions
- albeit for good luck, bad luck, or just because.
I remember my mom telling
me not to cut my fingernails at night. When I asked her why, she didn’t
know for sure but said maybe it had to do with the old days when kerosene
lamps were used for lighting and since the lighting was so dim, it wasn’t
a good idea. Makes logical sense to me.
Here’s a few others:
Poking food with your chopstick - bad luck. May be
similar to the chopsticks in the chawan, but logic tells me that there’s
more chance for the item of food to slip off the chopstick and drop.
Never pour for someone backhand (palm facing up) - bad luck. My friend
told me how he got scolded by a nisei for doing that. He said it’s a dead
Always give odd number of things - I believe this stems from Japanese culture.
Odd numbers are good, even numbers are bad. I’m guessing that this has
to do with the number 4 in Japanese culture as being a bad luck number.
Don’t turn the calendar before the first of the month - bad luck. My Filipino
friend shared this one with me. When I asked her why, she said she didn’t
know, that it was something that her mother told her.
Never step on a grave - bad luck. I think it simply has to do with respect.
Always eat the food offered after a funeral - even if you’re not hungry.
Again, I think it has something to do with respect for the deceased.
Always include money when giving a wallet as a gift - good luck. The theory
is that if you include money in the wallet, it’ll never be empty of money.
Never give a pregnant person a lei that’s tied - superstition has it that
if the lei is tied, the ambilical cord will wrap around the unborn child’s
Never light more that 2 cigarettes with one match - aka Three on a Match.
My friend told me that this superstition has to do with war time. When
you light the first cigarette, the enemy will spot you. When you light
the second cigarette, the enemy will take aim. When you light the third
cigarette, the enemy will fire.
Always tape a coin on a knife when giving it as a gift. This one gets complicated
because the receiver is supposed to give a knife with a coin taped on it
back to the giver - or something like that. The coin is supposed to symbolize
sincerity and that the person receiving the knife shouldn’t take it as
a threat. Returning the favor is to signify that the recipient acknowledges
the sincerity of the gift.
Never blow out the flame on incense - shake the incense until the flame
Never throw away rice - otherwise you’ll become poor.
If you spill salt, throw some over your shoulder. To ward off bad luck.
If you see a big moth in your garage, that means someone close to you will
die soon. However, I like to think of it as someone deceased is visiting.
Never look at a night marcher.
If you see a rock that resembles a face - leave it alone.
Never take the last one of something - aka The Old Maid syndrome. My father-in-law
will not take the last one of something. For example, if there is one piece
of tofu left, he’ll cut it in half and eat one half. Then he’ll cut the
leftover half in half again and eat one half. And repeat the process until
the piece is too small to cut. Then he’ll leave it.
A doctor that Paula used to work for said that the chicken isn’t the one
who takes the last piece. It’s the one who takes the second to the last
How about some Las Vegas superstitions:
Rub the Buddha’s stomach at California
Hotel - brings you good luck.
If you’re a first time crap shooter and you’re a male - don’t tell them.
First time male crap shooters are considered bad luck.
If you’re a first time crap shooter and you’re a female - announce it.
First time female crap shooters are considered good luck.
I believe in luck: how else can you explain
the success of those you dislike? ~Jean Cocteau
Depend on the rabbit's foot if
you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit. ~R.E. Shay
Nobody gets justice. People only get good
luck or bad luck. -Orson Welles
I've had bad luck with both my wives. The first
one left me and the second one didn't.
Luck is believing you're lucky. -
Luck is the champion of the undeserving
- Phil Phrog
Luck is only a 4-letter word when it happens
to someone else. -Corky Thompson
A BRIEF HISTORY OF
Friday the 13th
By CLAIRE SUDDATH Friday, Feb. 13, 2009
Face it, you're screwed. Today is Friday the 13th — the unluckiest day
on the calendar — so try not to crash your car, fall down a flight of stairs,
set yourself on fire, or do anything else that might compromise your well-being.
And for God's sake, stay away from men in hockey masks.
The number 13 has been unlucky for centuries. Some historians peg the
superstition to the thirteen people who attended the Last Supper (neither
Jesus nor Judas came out of that one OK), but ancient Babylon's Code of
Hammurabi omits the number 13 in its list of laws, so the superstition
dates back to at least 1700 BC. Thirteen is so unlucky, in fact, that in
1881 an organization called The Thirteen Club attempted to improve the
number's bad reputation. At the first meeting, the members (all 13 of them)
walked under ladders to enter a room covered with spilled salt. The club
lasted for many years and grew to over 400 members, including five U.S.
presidents: Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William
McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Despite the club's efforts, triskaidekaphobia
(that's fear of the number 13) flourished; even today, most tall buildings
don't have a 13th floor.
The number's association with Friday, however, didn't take hold until
the 20th century. In 1907, eccentric Boston stockbroker Thomas Lawson published
a book called Friday the Thirteenth, which told of an evil businessman's
attempt to crash the stock market on the unluckiest day of the month. Thanks
to an extensive ad campaign, the book sold well: nearly 28,000 copies within
the first week. In 1916, the book was turned into a feature-length silent
Wall Street's superstitions about Friday the 13th continued through 1925,
when the New York Times noted that people "would no more buy or sell
a share of stock today than they would walk under a ladder or kick a black
cat out of their path." Some stock traders also blamed Black Monday
— Oct. 19, 1987 — on the fact that three Fridays fell on the thirteenth
that year. The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute estimates
that $700-$800 million dollars are lost every Friday the 13th due to people's
refusal to travel, purchase major items, or conduct business.
Then came Jason. In 1980, Paramount Pictures released Friday the 13th
(tagline: "Fridays will never be the same again"), a slasher
flick about a series of murders at a summer camp. Apparently Jason, born
on Friday the 13th, chooses that date to take revenge on oversexed campers
much like the ones who allowed him to drown in Crystal Lake. So much for
trust falls and lanyard making.
Friday the 13th grossed almost $40 million at the box office and inspired
a long-running franchise: Friday the 13th Part II; Friday the 13th Part
III; Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (it was not); Friday the 13th:
Jason Lives; Friday the 13th: The New Blood; Friday the 13th: Jason Takes
Manhattan (he left the summer camp?); Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday;
Jason X; and 2003's Freddy vs. Jason. Maybe the number 13 isn't so bad
Friday the 13th Myths:
• If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, someone in your family will
• A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life.
• If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you will be the
next to die.
Friday the 13th Anecdotes:
•In 1913, a New York pastor tried to assuage couples' fears by offering
to marry them for free on Friday the 13th.
• In 1939, a small town in Indiana forced all black cats to wear bells
on Friday, October 13th. When the measure seemed to work (nothing bad happened,
at any rate) the town continued the practice for the next three years.
•At the time, October 13, 1989 was the second largest Dow drop in history.
Nicknamed the "Friday the 13th mini-crash," these days it's not
even in the top 10. That might be the scariest fact of all.
There are various theories surrounding 13. Since Christianity has had
a extremely large influence on all societies as a whole, we shall look
there first. At the "Final Supper" or "Last Supper" (whoever
you chose to term it) there were 13 guests. Some believe Jesus to be
the 13th at feast, occurring just before he was Crucified. This is a
largely debatable theory, however. How does one know where to start counting?
Many chose to go by the painting "The Last Supper," forgetting
that this is an artist's interpretation of an event he did not attend.
The painting depicts the disciples and Jesus at a table, but evidence
suggests that the last supper was not conducted at a table. Rather the
participants were seated on the ground where it was cooler. (The climate
in Israel, at that time, suggests they would have stayed on the ground
to keep cool.) Furthermore, where to start counting (when assuming the
picture is accurate)? If one started with Judas, Jesus became the 13th
guest. Conversely, if the count began at Jesus, it was indeed Judas who
was 13. Both options would contribute to the mystique surrounding 13:
Jesus, for he was killed soon after the feast, Judas for he was the betrayer
On an additional, though little proven, note, some have claimed to be
a 13th tribe of Israel. The bible proclaims only 12, and a very high
percentage of Christians and Jews deny that a 13th tribe even exist.
However, a few recognize that a group had, falsely, identified themselves
as a 13th tribe. The members of the "13th tribe" were labeled
as "witches" and "sorcerers," an evil group who determine
to destroy followers of God. Plainly, this does not lend any favor to
13, and adds more propaganda against Witchcraft. The fact that so many
haven’t even heard of this 13th Tribe makes the probability of the labeling
of "Witches" being accurate extremely low. (Furthermore, the
low probability simply further illustrates the false propaganda Christian
organizations are willing to put forth in order to label Witchcraft as
Friday the 13th comes into play when it is observed that Jesus was Crucified
on a Friday. Obviously, should one chose to accept this theory, the day
associated with the death of the Savior would lend to the supposed bad
luck which occupies this particular date. It is said, also, that it was
a Friday when Adam and Eve ate the fruit. Furthermore, Friday used to
be the 6th day of the week, it was not until more recent times that it
became the 5th day. 6, being the number biblically associated with man,
relates to the Devil. 3 is the number of the Holy Trinity, therefore
with 6 being the number of man, 666 was denoted as the number of the
Beast. (A Trinity of Six, signifying the God of Man, Satan) One can hardly
find this connection to Satan adding to the "good name" of
Friday the 13th.
Also, any month with a Friday the 13th must begin with a Sunday the 1st.
Curiosity leads one to ask if a significance lies in the observation
that only months that begin with the day God decided to rest (Sunday),
after "creating the world," yield a day of such supposed demonic
evil and misfortune.
To the Norse Friday was the luckiest day of the week, being named after
Freya, one of their Deities. Also named after Venus, in Rome and France.
For Mohammedans, Friday after sunset is also the Sabbath. The implications
connecting Darkness, and hence Sunset (the transition from light to dark),
and Evil would indeed lend to the idea of misfortune which surrounds
Friday the 13th, to those who find the Muslim path as evil and heathen.
Mohammedans also say that Adam was created on a Friday. It can be seen
that it is largely within the Christian ranks that Friday takes on a
significant connotation of evil when teamed with the 13th.
To continue on, perhaps extending a bit further in the past than Christian
influence, a mythological occurrence presents: At the banquet in Valhalla,
of which there were 12 guests, Loki, God of Deceit, intruded, becoming
the uninvited 13th guest. In Norse mythology, Balder was the god of light
and beauty. The most beloved of the gods, he was the son of Odin and
Frigg and the husband of Nanna, goddess of the Moon. Balder was killed
by Loki’s treachery during the proceedings. Through Loki’s interference,
the return of Balder, from the possession of Hel, was an impossible task.
To return Balder, Hel demanded that all living things beg for the god’s
return. All respond except a giantess, Thokk (Loki in disguise), whose
refusal to weep forces Balder to remain in Hel's domain.
There are 13 members which make up a Wiccan/Pagan Coven to fully cast
the Circle. 13 was sacred because it represented the amount of lunar
months in year (Thirteen Full Moons). It has also been speculated that
13 was maximum # of people that could fit comfortably in a traditional
Circle with a 9 foot diameter. 6 male-female couples and a priest or
Not so surprising is the understanding that 13, being a sacred number
to most Pagan traditions, was therefore considered evil by early Christians.
It took very little for the religious leaders to invent a dogma to counter
the Pagan’s sacred number. The question can be posed: If the mystique
surrounding 13 is not invented dogma, why then do hotels hold rooms labeled
#666? Why is this number not also omitted? For a superstition to spread
so far it must be distributed through a largely influential source, such
as Christianity. Notice again, 13 is still considered good luck in Italy,
home of the Roman Catholic church, which separated from the rest of Christianity
due to conflicting political and theological disagreements. Moreover,
Friday was considered sacred by both Norse traditions and Muslims, both
which are considered enemies to Christianity. Instituting Friday the
13th as a day of evil worked to prevent losing followers to either path,
utilizing fear as a binding weapon.
A recent article shows that a new superstition has been 'invented' involving
the number 13. Now some serial killers has been bunched under the 13
letter group, and it goes something like this:
• Jack the Ripper- 13 letters
• John Wayne Gacy- 13 letters
• Charles Manson- 13 letters
• Jeffrey Dahmer- 13 letters
• Theodore ( Ted ) Bundy- 13 letters
Lizzy Borden uttered a total of 13 words at her trial.
The driver of Princess Diana hit pillar #13 at Place de l'Alma when she was killed
in Paris, France.
• Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue.
Lucky objects or occurrences:
Finding a penny with head facing up
A rabbit's foot
Amanita muscaria mushroom (fly agaric)
Elephant with its trunk pointing up
The numerals seven, eight (in China), and nine (in Thailand) 
Knocking on wood
Crossing one's fingers
A Buckeye nut
Maneki Neko (in Japan)
A shooting star
Throwing salt over your shoulder
Tossing a coin into a wishing well
Winning the lottery
Having a bird poop on you
Eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day
Being born on Christmas Day
Throwing rice at a bride and groom
The number 13 (many buildings do not have a designated 13th floor; numbering
skips from the 12th to the 14th floor.)
The number 4 (in China, the word's pronunciation in Mandarin and Cantonese
is similar to "si", which means death. A similar belief is
present in Japan and Korea.)
A black cat crossing one's path (the opposite belief prevails in Great
Britain and parts of Ireland.)
Stepping on a crack (doing so would cause your mother's back to break;
rhymed as "step on a crack, break your momma's back".)
Stepping on a line in a pavement or floor cover (similar to above, rhymed
as "step on a line, break your poppa's spine".)
Breaking a mirror will give you seven years of bad luck. (Mirrors were
once luxury items. If one were broken, it could cost a servant seven
years' worth of wages to pay for the damage.)
Spilling salt (dates to when salt was a precious commodity; spilling
salt meant that a demon was trying to steal from you. Tossing some salt
over your left shoulder would make the demon leave.)
Putting a hat on a bed
Opening an umbrella indoors
Killing a ladybug/ladybird
Killing a spider in the home
Walking under an open ladder (when being hanged, the condemned man would
pass under the ladder before climbing up to the gallows.)
Replying "thank you" to someone wishing good luck
Picking up a penny lying face-down (can be avoided by giving the penny
Putting shoes on a table. (In the UK, this is thought to bring extremely
bad luck, such as the death of someone in the house. Sometimes it is
only applied to new shoes.
In the British Navy it was considered unlucky to have a woman on board
In some navies, launching a ship (especially a maiden voyage) on a Friday
is unlucky. (possibly related to an attempt to dispel the myth by launching
an HMS Friday on a Friday, captained by a Captain Friday. It sank.)
Among sailors it is considered unlucky to kill a porpoise or an albatross
(see The Rime of the Ancient Mariner where the title character is cursed
for killing this bird.)
Among sailors it is considered bad luck to have anything blue aboard.
When launching a ship by breaking a bottle on its hull, a failure of
the bottle to break is considered bad luck.
Saying "good luck" (especially to an actor going onstage, where
the preferred expression is Break a leg.)
In the theater, "Macbeth" must not be uttered by anyone unless
it is necessary to the production. For example, if the company is performing
Shakespeare's Macbeth, one says "the Scottish Play" and refers
to the characters as "Mackers" and "Lady Mackers".
Sinistrality (being left-handed)
Seeing one magpie
A bird flies into one's window (a person in the family will die today,
or has died last night). Some say this only applies if the e bird dies.
Using a Ouija board; (it is believed to attract evil spirits.)
In Japan and China putting chopsticks upright in rice is considered very
bad luck (since it resembles the incense used in offerings to the dead.)
Killing a mockingbird is considered bad luck (inspiring the title of
the book To Kill a Mockingbird)
Cutting your nails at night
Turning a horse shoe upside down is said in Britain to drain the good
luck from it and bring bad luck .
Avoiding eye contact when toasting with another person
Shaking your leg while sitting
Saying "rabbit" on the Isle of Portland
Saying "Bloody Mary" while looking in a mirror (you will supposedly
see the Queen Mary, covered in blood.)
Sitting on a table top (one of your relatives will die).
The Ides of March (March 15)
Looking at your watch at 9:11, AM or PM
Picking a three-leaf clover
Wishing someone a good night on Friday the 13th
Shoeing the right-hind leg of a horse first.
3:00 AM (the supposed hour of the devil)
Falling off a bike more than once in a day. (Some people believe that
a ghost is haunting them)
Striking a match three times. (From the first world war, first strike
for a sniper to spot, second to aim, third to fire).
Rituals of luck
Breaking a shoe lace
Blowing out candles on a birthday cake and making a wish. If you reveal
the wish, it will not come true.
Eating cheesecake in a certain order (from the tip to the back crust)
Blowing the fluff from a milkweed and making a wish.
Two people pull apart the breastbone of a turkey or chicken and the one
who gets the longer end will have his wish come true.
Eating an apple on Christmas Eve will assure good health in the coming
Tossing salt over your left shoulder if you spill it
Spitting if a black cat crosses your path
If you break a mirror, waiting seven hours (one for each year of bad
luck) before you pick it up, and then burying it outside in the moonlight
should counteract the bad luck.
Walking into your room backwards, wearing your pajamas inside out, and
sleeping with a spoon under your pillow are supposed to ensure that school
will be cancelled the next day due to snow or ice.
Making a wish on an apple, then pulling the stem, will result in your
wish being granted, but only if the stem remains intact.
Seeing a timepiece stand at 11:11 allows the viewer's wish to be granted.
Helping a turtle on its back to be upright again grants four wishes.
Repeating the bad luck action, such as walking under a ladder then walking
under again, nullifies the bad luck.
In the Middle East, houses are painted blue to ward off the evil eye.
Wearing a red string around the wrist as a good luck charm.
A hamsa, in the shape of a hand, is believed to protect against evil
Saying Gompi 5 times into the reverse side of a mirror
In Scotland, there is no terminal 13 in any airport, instead
there is a terminal 12B.
Some aeroplanes skip a row 13, going straight from 12 to 14.
Some tall buildings have resorted to skipping the "thirteenth floor",
either by numbering it "14" or as "12a".
Some streets do not contain a house number 13.
The Code of Hammurabi, a collection of laws created ca. 1760 BC, does not
contain a thirteenth law.
On the 13th day of the Persian new year (Norouz), people consider staying
at home unlucky, and go outside for a picnic in order to ward off the bad
Most race car drivers consider 13 a very unlucky number, as a car carrying
that number has never won the Indianapolis 500 or a NASCAR Nextel Cup race,
and almost all Formula 1 teams are no longer given the number 13 when car
numbers are given out to teams on basis of points. Usually the team finishing
seventh in the previous year's championship will take numbers 14 and 15,
instead of 13 and 14. Only once in recent years (1991, Ricky Johnson) has
an AMA Motocross rider chosen #13 instead of #14. Some NASCAR tracks refuse
to have a pit stall #13.
On the Universal Studios sound stages in California, there is no sound
stage numbered 13.
The creators of the online game entitled "The Kingdom Of Loathing" avoid
the number 13 in all of their programming.
In Sikhism, the number 13 is considered a special number
since 13 is tera in Punjabi, which also means "yours" (as in, "I
am yours, O Lord"). The legend goes that when Guru Nanak Dev was taking
stock of items as part of his employment with a village merchant, he counted
from 1 to 13 (in Punjabi) as one does normally; and thereafter he would
just repeat "tera", since all items were God's creation. The
merchant confronted Guru Nanak about this, but found everything to be in
order after the inventory was checked.
Several successful athletes have worn the number 13. Alex Rodriguez is
said to be one of the most talented baseball players ever, and he has also
signed the biggest sports contract wears the number 13. Dan Marino, an
American football player known for passing more yards than any other quarterback
in NFL history, wore the number 13. Another athlete Wilt Chamberlain wore
the number 13 on his jersey throughout his NBA career. Also, FIBA rules
require a player to wear the number in international competitions (only
numbers from 4 to 15 could be worn, and as there are 12 players, one must
wear 13); Chris Mullin, who wore #20 in college and #17 in the NBA, wore
#13 for both (1984 and 1992) of his Olympic appearances. Shaquille O'Neal
wore #13 in 1996, Tim Duncan wore #13 in 2004, Steve Nash is currently
wearing it for the Phoenix Suns, and Mats Sundin wears 13 in the NHL.Bad
Omen? Beckham will join Galaxy on Friday the 13th.
If one considers the number 1 to be prime, then 13 is the 7th prime number,
and 7 is often considered a lucky number.
13 The number of Plutonium slugs in Fat Man, the atomic
bomb dropped on Nagasaki
The number 13 on a Hells Angel's, Ton-Up or other biker patch or tattoo
refers to the thirteenth letter of the alphabet, M, which signified their
link with a motorcycle club (13th letter is M), not marijuana as many suspect.
13, or "X3", is the number of the Mexican street gang Sureños.
It refers to the thirteenth letter of the alphabet, M, for the Mexican
Mafia.There are thirteen letters in macabre-fiction writer Edgar Allan Poe's
We all hear popular superstitions when the 13th day of the month falls
on a Friday. And no player wants to wear the number 13. It is said that
superstitions have been a part of sports since their beginning. Players
and fans alike have their ways of avoiding bad luck.
Some superstitions are stranger than
others. For example, Michael Jordan (a graduate of North Carolina) always
wore his blue North Carolina shorts under his Bulls uniform for good
luck. Baseball pitcher Turk Wendell brushes his teeth and chews licorice
between every inning. Wade Boggs eats only chicken the day of a game
and draws a symbol that means “To Life” in the dirt before every at-bat.
Former pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych used to play with the dirt on
the mound and talk to himself before every inning.Baseball-lSpitting
into your hand before picking up the bat is said to bring good luck.
A wad of gum stuck on a player's hat brings good luck.
It is bad luck if a dog walks across the diamond before the first pitch.
Some players believe it is good luck to step on one of the bases before
running off the field at the end of an inning.
It is bad luck to touch the baselines while running off and onto the field
Lending a bat to a fellow player is a serious jinx.
Some players actually sleep with their bat to break out of a hitting slump
or stay in a groove.
If a pitcher is throwing a perfect game or a no-hitter, never speak of
it while it's going on.Basketball- The last person to shoot a basket during the warm-up will have a good game.
Wipe the soles of your sneakers for good luck.
Bounce the ball before taking a foul shot for good luck.Bowling -To
continue a winning streak, wear the same clothes.
The number 300, a perfect score, on your license plate will increase your
Carry charms on your bowling bag, in your pockets, or around your neck
for good luck. Fishing- Fish may not bite if a barefoot woman passes
you on the way to the dock.
Spit on your bait before casting your rod to make fish bite.
Throw back your first catch for good luck.
It is bad luck to change rods while fishing.
Don't tell anyone how many fish you've caught until you're done or you
won't catch another. Football- Double numbers on a player's uniform brings good luck.
It's bad luck for a professional football player to take a new number when
he is traded to another team.
A mascot is an important good luck symbol. Golf- Start only with odd-numbered clubs.
Balls with a number higher than 4 are bad luck.
Carry coins in your pockets for good luck. Ice Hockey- It is bad luck for hockey sticks to lie crossed.
It is bad luck to say “shutout” in the locker room before a game.
Players believe they'll win the game if they tap the goalie on his shin
pads before a game. Rodeo- Always put the right foot in the stirrup first.
Avoid wearing the color yellow.
Always shave before a competition (for men only! Tennis- It's bad luck to hold more than two balls at a time when serving.
Avoid wearing the color yellow.
Walk around the outside of the court when switching sides for good luck.
Rabbits and hares were considered very lucky animals as they were associated
with spring and the return of flowers and other plants. Spring was also
a time of fertility and so rabbits were considered good luck to be seen
running through the fields. To see a rabbit running through your yard
meant that it would be a good year to have children or that your garden
would be especially fertile this year.
The manner in which rabbits run gave birth to the superstition about rabbit's
feet. Apparently their unusual stride amkes the back feet touch the ground
ahead of their front feet and so the back feet were considered especially
For luck to had, however, the original owner must give their rabbit's
foot away and it would be the receiver of the gift that would also be the
recipient of the good fortune. If the owner kept the foot for himself,
he would be visited by bad luck. If the recipient of the rabbit's foot
lost his lucky charm he would also be visited with bad luck.
Animal rights activists are rightfully concerned about this particular
superstition and are encouraging it to die out.
Other Superstitions for Rabbits:
• It is good luck for a rabbit to cross your path
• Seeing a white rabbit is a death omen
• Seeing a black rabbit is unlucky
• Seeing a rabbit on the way to work is unlucky
• If you dream about a rabbit it means you will be visited by misfortune
• Wearing rabbit-skin socks protects against pleurisy
• A child who eats rabbit brains will improve his or her behavior!
• Seeing a rabbit cross behind you means bad luck is on its way
• A rabbit running down the street means there will be a fire in the neighborhood
• Saying "white rabbits" on the first of each month or on the
first day of a new moon will bring good luck
• When sitting around a campfire, saying "white rabbit" will
make the smoke go in another direction
• To predict the coming winter, if you see a rabbit with a thick coat, expect
a hard winter; a rabbit with a thin coat means the winter will be a mild one
• Umbrellas also have other superstitions attached to them, most often those
that bring bad luck.
• It is bad luck to give an umbrella as a gift.
• If you drop an umbrella, do not pick it up. Instead, have someone else do it
for you, or you will be the recipient of bad luck.
• If a single woman drops an umbrella, she will never marry.
• If an umbrella is opened outside when it is not needed, rain, and other bad
weather, will follow.
• The horseshoe is considered very lucky and used to be hung in many homes to
protect and attract good fortune for the family residing inside. As with many
superstitions, there are contradictions to be found with the beliefs associated
with the horseshoe. For instance, many believe that to hang it with the ends
pointing upwards is good luck as it acts as a storage container of sorts for
any good luck that happens to be floating by, whereas to hang it with the ends
pointing down, is bad luck as all the good luck will fall out. Others believe
that no matter which way you hang the horseshoe, good luck will come. According
to this superstition, the ends-pointing-down display simply means that the good
luck is able to flow out and surround the home. If the horseshoe is hung over
a doorway, ends up will catch good luck and ends down will let the good luck
spill over the door and stop evil from entering. Perhaps a combination of the
two was used so that after a few days, when the horseshoe was filled with good
luck, it would then need to be emptied so that residents could benefit from that
luck and the process would be repeated until the end of time.
• Horseshoes were also considered lucky because they were made by blacksmiths,
which is also considered a very lucky trade. Because they worked with elemental
fire and magical iron, they were thought to have special powers. It was believed
that a blacksmith could heal the sick and if a couple was married by a blacksmith,
their marriage would be a happy one. Their work with horses also brought them
much power and prestige, not just because they made the lucky horseshoe but also
because they were the keepers of the Horseman's Word (the basis for the movie,
The Horse Whisperer.)
• Horseshoes were originally made from iron, which may also account for the superstitions
that are associated with this object. Iron was considered magical because it
was able to withstand fire and was much stronger than other metals. The superstitions
for iron are thought to originate in prehistoric times. It was used as a charm
to ward off evil spirits.
• Another aspect of the horseshoe that added to it's good luck was the fact that
it was commonly held in place by seven iron nails. Since ancient times, the number
seven was considered very important. Life was divided into seven ages; a rainbow
has seven colors; astrology once held that seven planets made up the universe;
there are seven deadly sins; a seventh child was thought to have special powers;
there are seven days in a week; the moon changes from one phase to another every
seven days; and a long-held belief states that the body goes through a radical
change every seven years.
• Ill-fortune is said to be the result from stepping on a crack in the pavement.
Present day society usually associates the superstition behind treading on
cracks to the rhyme: "Step on a crack, break your mother's back" but
the superstition actually goes back to the late 19th - early 20th Century
and the racism that was prevalent in this period.
• The original rhyming verse is thought to be "Step on a crack and your
mother will turn black." It was also common to think that walking on
the lines in pavement would mean you would marry a negro and have a black
baby. (Apparently this superstition only applied to Caucasians and because
of the rampant prejudice against black people, was considered an activity
• Stepping on cracks also had significance for children. In the mid-20th Century
it was popular to tell children that if they stepped on the cracks in the street,
they would be eaten by the bears that congregate on street corners waiting for
their lunch to walk by.
• Also, the number of lines a person would walk on corresponded with the number
of china dishes that the person would break, later in the day.
• Only in the last few decades has the rhyming superstition resurfaced to
be the recognized "step on a crack, break your mother's back" and
in some areas, two superstitions above are melded together to include the
number of lines one steps on will correspond with the number of your mother's
bones that are broken. ----------------LADDERS
• Walking Under Ladders
• People will go to great lengths to avoid walking under ladders. Many origins
for the superstition have been surfaced over the years. One provides a source
in medieval times. A leaning ladder was thought to resemble the gallows and so
by walking underneath a ladder, you are playing out your own execution. Another
explanation points to the triangular shape a ladder will take when erected or
leaned up against a wall. The triangle is considered the symbol representing
the Holy Trinity and to walk through a triangle violates and desecrates God while
you, the perpetrator, fall prey to Satan.
• If you walk under a ladder by accident, however, there are several measures
that you can take to avoid bad luck:
• Spit three times through the ladder's rungs
• Cross you fingers until you see a dog
• Spit on your shoe and continue walking, but don't look down at the shoe until
the spittle has dried
• Walk backwards, out from the ladder the same way you came in, and make a wish
as you go back out.
• Apparently the superstition surrounding spiders dates back to Egyptian times
when spiders were associated with riches. Charms were made in the form of
spiders, much like the more common scarab, and carried on a person throughout
the day and night. It was the hope that by doing this, money and good fortune
would arrive their way in the near future.
• In the Middle Ages, spiders were also considered lucky. People would trap spiders
inside walnut shells and then make a necklace with silk out of them. The purpose
of this was to protect against illness. Another primitive medical cure associated
with spiders was to capture one in a box or bag and wait until it died. When
it finally died the spider was thought to also take your disease or illness along
• It is considered very bad luck to kill a spider. Considering the many, many
people who have killed spiders it certainly doesn't make the future bright, according
to folklore! No matter how scary and ugly they are, however, having one in your
home was considered good luck as the spider would protect the house and family
from any misfortune. To have a spider living in your home meant that happiness
would be yours so long as the spider remained. A spider dangling from the ceiling
meant that money was coming your way and the small, red spiders, no matter what
they were doing or where you found them, also meant financial reward. Seeing
a spider outside was also considered lucky.
• A spider in the morning is a sign of sorrow;
A spider at noon brings worry for tomorrow;
A spider in the afternoon is a sign of a gift;
But a spider in the evening will all hopes life. • ----
• Spilt Salt
• Salt was once considered a very precious commodity; as important as
money has grown to be. Because it was so valued within ancient societies
and was very expensive to buy and also very difficult to extract, it
has had quite a lot of symbolism and superstition attached to it over
the course of human history. Salt was used as a preservative and, in
this sense, began to symbolize life and the avoidance of decay. It became
a sign of hospitality, trust and friendship because of its high price.
Soldiers in Rome were often paid in salt and, in this way, it was also
a form of currency. This latter use of salt is the source of the expression
that a person was "not worth his
• To spill salt then was an extraordinary waste and the superstition that claimed
bad luck would visit anyone who spilt salt was invented specifically to deter
• If salt was spilt in a particular person's direction, bad luck was coming to
• Spilt salt should not be cleaned up but should instead by tossed over the left
shoulder, into the face of the Devil.
• Enough tears must be cried to dissolve the spilt salt in order to reverse the
bad luck that was coming your way.
• Other superstitions for salt:
• Wearing a small bag of salt around your neck protected you from the Evil Eye.
• A pinch of salt was left in a baby's crib until it was christened.
• Salt was an unlucky word for sailors and should never be mentioned at sea.
• Salt was thrown on the threshold of a new house for good luck. --------
Superstitions – Invite Good Luck with These Tips!
Superstitions rule every aspect of human life, at least some people believe
so. Superstitions are associated with luck, and in an activity like gambling
where a player’s fate can sometimes rest on luck, you can bet superstitions
abound. Gambling superstitions have been around for as long as the first
bet was made. Gamblers from different countries have different set of beliefs
as to what are lucky and unlucky, these beliefs range from the believable
to the absurd. Whether you like it or not, superstitions will be around
for a long time so it’s best to find out what they are. Who knows, you
might just win more games if you follow them.
While some gamblers do have their own, unique set of beliefs, there are
many superstitions most gamblers share. The first among these shared superstitions
is the brining of any lucky item, such as a horseshoe, a rabbit’s foot,
and a four-leaf clover, among others, to improve chances of winning. The
item may not be taken in its literal form – the horseshoe may be a graphic
print on a tee; the rabbit’s foot, an embossed figure on a handkerchief;
and the four-leaf clover, a pendant. Bringing a lucky article of clothing
is also considered tradition by many serious gamblers who follow superstitions
in the hope of winning.
Games that involve rolling dice carry one superstition for good luck: the
player must knock at his door before rolling the dice. One the other hand,
games that involve gambling chips require the chips to be stacked neatly
o bring in good luck. Most players of both types of games believe that
crossing the fingers or resting them on the color red is lucky. Things
generally considered as bad luck is walking under ladders, getting near
dogs, and breaking mirrors.
The Chinese are perhaps one of the most superstitious peoples in the world,
and Chinese gamblers are known to follow some of the strictest gambling
superstitions there are. Chinese gamblers know better than to count money
while a gambling activity is still in session; stop to see or talk to monks,
nuns, or religious people before entering a casino; touch someone’s shoulder
during a gambling session; and go inside casinos using the main entrances.
All of these things are considered unlucky among Chinese gamblers and should
be avoided at all cost. Lucky activities include wearing red underwear,
bringing women who are menstruating, and turning on all the lights at home
before heading out the door to gamble.
Every culture has its own set of gambling superstitions, passed on from
generation to generation of gamblers. While following these superstitions
does not really guarantee a winning streak every time, gamblers continue
to rely on them for good luck. Studies have shown that the reason for this
stubborn, almost illogical, belief on superstitions come from gamblers’
collective resistance to randomness. Gamblers all around the world don’t
like to think that winning rests entirely on chance, so they either practice
their skills or follow superstitions – or both – in order to bring some
“sense” into the game. Use coins you find on the street to buy luckier lottery tickets. -www.casinodeals.ca/
Baby superstition: When children loose
a tooth they ask a fairy for money.
What Are the Odds?
A lucky Starbucks barista wins the lottery in Los Angeles and suffers
a fatal case of bad luck and dies of a heart attack in a Pioneer Square
Many women in Shenyang, China
resort to Plastic Surgery to look 'Lucky'.
"Now Friday came, you old wives
say, Of all the week's the unluckiest day." - old saying
"12 a dozen, 13 a death"
Mark Twain once was invited to be the 13th guest
at a dinner party. A good friend warned him not to go, he said it was
bad luck to be the 13th guest. Twain later told his friend he was right, "It was bad luck,
They only had food for 12."
Superstitious diners in Paris often hire a quatorzieme, or professional
14th guest for dinner parties.
13 Facts About Friday the 13th
By LiveScience Staff
On Feb 13, 2009, at 8:33 AM, mattes wrote:
If you fear Friday the 13th, then batten down the hatches. This week's
unlucky day is the first of three this year.
The next Friday the 13th comes in March, followed by Nov. 13. Such a triple
whammy comes around only every 11 years, said Thomas Fernsler, a math specialist
at the University of Delaware who has studied the number 13 for more than
By the numbers
Here are 13 more facts about the infamous day, courtesy of Fernsler and
some of our own research:
1. The British Navy built a ship named Friday the 13th. On its maiden voyage,
the vessel left dock on a Friday the 13th, and was never heard from again.
2. The ill-fated Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST on Apr. 11, 1970. The
sum of the date's digits (4-11-70) is 13 (as in 4+1+1+7+0 = 13). And the
explosion that crippled the spacecraft occurred on April 13 (not a Friday).
The crew did make it back to Earth safely, however.
3. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th
4. Fear of Friday the 13th — one of the most popular myths in science — is
called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia
is fear of the number 13.
5. Quarterback Dan Marino wore No. 13 throughout his career with the Miami
Dolphins. Despite being a superb quarterback (some call him one of the
best ever), he got to the Super Bowl just once, in 1985, and was trounced
38-16 by the San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana (who wore No. 16 and won
all four Super Bowls he played in).
6. Butch Cassidy, notorious American train and bank robber, was born on
Friday, April 13, 1866.
7. Fidel Castro was born on Friday, Aug. 13, 1926.
8. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of
any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and Herbert
Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number
9. Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional
10. Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned
him not to go. "It was bad luck," Twain later told the friend. "They
only had food for 12."
11. Woodrow Wilson considered 13 his lucky number, though his experience
didn't support such faith. He arrived in Normandy, France on Friday, Dec.
13, 1918, for peace talks, only to return with a treaty he couldn't get
Congress to sign. (The ship's crew wanted to dock the next day due to superstitions,
Fernsler said.) He toured the United States to rally support for the treaty,
and while traveling, suffered a near-fatal stroke.
12. The number 13 suffers from its position after 12, according to numerologists who
consider the latter to be a complete number — 12 months in a year, 12 signs
of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of
Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 days of Christmas and 12 eggs in a dozen.
13. The seals on the back of a dollar bill include 13 steps on the pyramid,
13 stars above the eagle's head, 13 war arrows in the eagle's claw and
13 leaves on the olive branch. So far there's been no evidence tying these
long-ago design decisions to the present economic situation.
Origins of Friday the 13th
Where's all this superstition come from? Nobody knows for sure. But it
may date back to Biblical times (the 13th guest at the Last Supper betrayed
Jesus). By the Middle Ages, both Friday and 13 were considered bearers
of bad fortune.
Meanwhile the belief that numbers are connected to life and physical things
— called numerology — has a long history.
"You can trace it all the way from the followers of Pythagoras, whose
maxim to describe the universe was 'all is number,'" says Mario Livio,
an astrophysicist and author of "The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved" (Simon & Schuster,
2005). Thinkers who studied under the famous Greek mathematician combined
numbers in different ways to explain everything around them, Livio said.
In modern times, numerology has become a type of para-science, much like
the meaningless predictions of astrology, scientists say.
"People are subconsciously drawn towards specific numbers because
they know that they need the experiences, attributes or lessons, associated
with them, that are contained within their potential," says professional
numerologist Sonia Ducie. "Numerology can 'make sense' of an individual's
life (health, career, relationships, situations and issues) by recognizing
which number cycle they are in, and by giving them clarity."
Mathematicians dismiss numerology as having no scientific merit, however.
"I don't endorse this at all," Livio said, when asked to comment
on the popularity of commercial numerology for a story prior to the date
06/06/06. Seemingly coincidental connections between numbers will always
appear if you look hard enough, he said.