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07 September 2005



re you superstitious? Never walk under a ladder? Don't get out of bed on Friday the 13th? The thought occured to me last night that while some of us are superstitious... do you know how some of these even came into being? Me either... until now. The only thing more appropriate would be if this was Friday the 13th...

In North America the number thirteen is considered to be the unluckiest of numbers. Hotel and high-rise owners often avoid numbering the thirteenth floor as such because of dread the number thirteen holds for so many people. Indeed, Friday the thirteenth is considered a particularly unlucky day. The roots of this phenomenon can be traced back to the Last Supper, at which Judas, Christ's betrayer, is considered to have been the thirteenth guest at the table. It is also commonly held that the crucifixion of Christ took place on a Friday, and this, coupled with our mistrust of the number itself, increases the fear associated with Friday the thirteenth. .

The fear of black cats came about because the Goddess Bast of ancient Egypt was a black cat. When Christianity began to take over, priests wanted to wipe out all other religions, thus teaching that black cats are evil,

The broken mirror superstition originates from ancient Rome, when the reflection in a mirror was said to be the person's soul. Disrupting the reflection (i.e. breaking it) meant having bad luck for the next seven years.

April Fools' Day began in the 1500s when the Gregorian calendar took over from the Julian. Those who forgot the change and attempted to celebrate New Year's (previously celebrated on the 1st of April) on the wrong date were teased as "April fools."

Ever walk 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.

And some quickies:

Bad Luck: 3 butterflies together

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: 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: A picture falling

Bad Luck: Breaking a mirror

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: You must wear new clothes at Easter or you will have bad luck

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 be ill-fated

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 upset pepper

Bad Luck: Never mend a garment while you are wearing it, or misfortune will follow.

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: To encounter a gravedigger coming towards you. Usually this means there will be a severe illness.

Bad Luck: If you fasten a button into the wrong buttonhole

Bad Luck: if a candle falls over

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: It is unlucky to sit on a table unless one foot is touching the ground

Bad Luck: To pass anyone on the staircase.

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.

Observations and Questions
Are you superstitious? About anything? Any good luck charms?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

Born today in 1922, Art Ferrante, pianist. And peeking into the dusty death notices we find in 1971, Spring Byington, actress (Lily Ruskin-December Bride), dies at 84.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Thanks to Lois Lane for sending her picture for our wall. Great pic Lois!! C'mon now, get yours in before I run out of room!

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