Beware, superstitious folks! Friday the 13th is tomorrow.
Friday the 13th has long been viewed as a day of bad luck. There is at least one Friday that falls on the 13th every year and there can be as many as three in a single year. How the day came to be associated with bad luck isn’t exactly clear, but there are a few theories.
One theory about Friday the 13th states that the day is unlucky simply because 13 is an unlucky number and Friday is an unlucky day. Another theory is that the day is viewed as unlucky because Jesus was crucified on a Friday and he was part of a dinner of 13 people. The first time Friday the 13th was recorded as an unlucky day was in Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of Gioachino Rissini, reports International Business Times.
Here is a list of common superstitions to avoid on Friday the 13th, as collected by The Guardian.
- Walking under a ladder.
- Crossing a black cat’s path.
- Opening umbrellas indoors.
- Breaking a mirror.
- Spilling salt.
- Wearing opals.
- Taking flight 666 to HEL.
- Giving someone an empty wallet.
- Keeping Goldfish in the house.
- Picking up a coin with its tails side up.
If all these superstitions aren’t enough to avoid on Friday the 13th, there is a shockwave from a solar flare that is expected to hit Earth tomorrow.