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July 13, 2012


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Paraskevidekatriaphobia. If you thought twice about leaving the house this morning, if you changed your plans and decided not to go to the salon or get that manicure, not to go out with that hot guy you’ve been fantasizing about for weeks, then that’s what you suffer from: paraskevidekatriaphobiaIt’s one of two official names for the fear of Friday the 13th (Paraskevi and dekatreis being the Greek words for Friday and thirteen, attached to good ole phobia meaning fear), the other being friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the Norse goddess after whom Friday is named and triskaidekaphobia for fear of the number thirteen).

Who knew?

Well, my Master of Useless Information husband did (never play Trivial Pursuit against him!), but for me, discovering this took pulling together a Friday the 13th-oriented blog for the UK release of Shattered Dreams! Actually, my research led me to all sorts of fascinating tidbits, such as the discovery that nothing especially horrible ever happened on Friday the 13th. It seems all our trepidation stems from a simple arithmetic equation:

Bad Friday + Unlucky 13 = Terrible Friday the 13th

Yes, historically speaking Friday is an unlucky day (beginning with Eve and the Apple one fateful afternoon) and 13 is an unlucky number (how many were gathered for the Last Supper….which just happened to be on a Friday?)

So there you have it. The truth about Friday the 13th.

But while doing my research, I ran across a whole bunch of other superstitions, some I was familiar with (rabbits foot brings good luck, an apple a day keeps the doctor away), some that were totally new to me (clothes worn inside out bring good luck). I had so much fun with them, I thought I’d share a more comprehensive list here!

                Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day
                A rabbit's foot brings good luck
                An apple a day keeps the doctor away
                To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck
                If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck
                If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck
                To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck
                To open an umbrella in the house is to bring bad luck
                To find a horseshoe brings good luck
                Step on a crack, break your mother's back
                You can break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle
                Garlic protects from evil spirits and vampires
                Our fate is written in the stars
                At the end of a rainbow is a pot of gold
                Clothes worn inside out will bring good luck
                Wearing your birthstone will bring you good luck
                If you blow out all of the candles on your birthday cake with the first breath you will get whatever you wish for
                To have a wish come true using a wishbone, two people make a wish, then take hold of each end of the bone and pull it until it separates. The person with the longer end gets his or her wish
                An itchy palm means money will come your way
                A beginner will always have good luck: beginner's luck
                A cat has nine lives
                Eating fish makes you smart
                Toads cause warts
                A cricket in the house brings good luck
                Crossing your fingers helps to avoid bad luck and helps a wish come true
                It is bad luck to sing at the table
                It is bad luck to sleep on a table
                After receiving a container of food, the container should never be returned empty
                A lock of hair from a baby's first haircut should be kept for good luck
                A bird that comes in your window brings bad luck
                To refuse a kiss under mistletoe causes bad luck
                Goldfish in the pond bring good luck
                Goldfish in the house bring bad luck
                For good luck, wear new clothes on Easter
                An acorn at the window can keep lightning out of the house
                If the bottom of your feet itch, you will make a trip
                When a dog howls, death is near
                It is bad luck to chase someone with a broom
                A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown
                To find a penny heads up, brings good luck
                A drowned woman floats face up, a drowned man floats face down
                A person cannot drown before going under three times
                To drop a fork means a woman will visit
                To drop a knife means a man will visit
                To drop a spoon means a child will visit
                To drop a dishcloth means bad luck is coming
                If you shiver, someone is casting a shadow on your grave
                To make a happy marriage, the bride must wear: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
                The wedding veil protects the bride from the evil eye
                Washing a car will bring rain
                You must get out of bed on the same side you got in on or you will have bad luck
                Evil spirits cannot harm you when you are standing in a circle
                A cat will try to take the breath from a baby
                Warm hands, cold heart
                Cold hands, warm heart
                It is unlucky to rock an empty rocking chair
                To kill an albatross is to cause bad luck to the ship and all upon it
                Wearing an opal when it is not your birthstone is bad luck
                Smell dandelions, wet the bed
                To give someone a purse or wallet without money in it will bring that person bad luck

 What about you? Do you have a superstition?


  1. LOL! Yes. I used to do this but not anymore. When I asked to pass the salt, I always made the person put it down on the table first before I grabbed it. It's said that if you pass the salt without putting it down on the table, the person passing it to you will give you bad luck.

  2. That's great, Savannah! I've never heard that one. I think my favorites are all the ones by athletes, such as baseball players who won't shave or wash their hat while on a winning streak. Personally, I'm a big New Orleans Saints fangirl, but I'm here to tell you, whenever I wear my Drew Brees jersey, the team plays like Little Leaguers. A few years back it go so bad I stopped wearing my jersey altogether. That year they made it to the Super Bowl. I was so excited I couldn't help but wear my jersey, and sure enough, the first half we played awful. Sullenly, I yanked off the jersey and put on one of my husband's Chicago Bears t-shirts, and sure enough, they came out with a killer player to open the second half and never looked back. To this day, I don't wear Saints gear on gamedays!