Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th Superstitions List

The list of superstitions continued to grow as time elapsed, with some people adding new superstitions to the list and others following them blindly. The fact that these superstitions cost us in millions every year shows how deep-rooted they are in the society. That being said, given below is a list of Friday the 13th superstitions, some of which may take you by surprise.

If you were born on Friday the 13th, your entire life will be marked by bad luck.
If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, it will result in a death in the family.
If you change your bed on this day, you will see bad dreams throughout the night.
If you were to pass a funeral procession on Friday the 13th, you will die the very next day.
If you were to leave the calendar on Friday the 13th, you will be killed by a witch the very next day.
Cutting your nails on Friday the 13th is again a bad omen which can bring you some serious bad luck.
This is a very bad day for new beginning, and thus starting a new business on this day will only call for a disaster.
Similarly, starting out on a trip on Friday is considered to bring misfortune for you.
According to a deep-rooted superstition, Friday the 13th is a very bad day to consult the astrologer.
Ships that set sail on Friday 13th are much more likely to end in a disaster.

An 'accident' is a broad concept which can include everything, ranging from a safety pin pricking your finger to a car accident, and this plays a crucial role when it comes to any superstitious belief - including the superstitions about Friday the 13th. Basically, the slightest bad thing that happens to you on Friday the 13th is bound to stay in your mind forever, even if it is just about forgetting your wallet at home or reaching office late - which must have happened on several occasions. As a non-believer, you might find all this funny, but that's how things work on this allegedly inauspicious day.

The morbid fear of Friday the 13th can be attributed to the concept of 'selective bias' in psychology, wherein one only takes into consideration the data which supports his statement - while ignoring the rest of the facts that don't support or contradict his belief. Many people, for instance, cite the Turkey earthquake which occurred on Friday the 13th March, 1992, when highlighting 'how unlucky this date is', but they ignore the fact that there have been earthquakes - a lot more disastrous than the Turkey earthquake, which neither occurred on Friday, nor on 13th of the month.

That was a brief account pertaining to the history and superstitions on Friday the 13th. Skeptics, in an attempt to eliminate these Friday the 13th superstitions from the society, have been intentionally scheduling the important events of their lives on this day. That though, has done very little good to this date which is more popular as the unluckiest day of the year. At the end of the day, these are just superstitions which are engraved on your mind, and only critical thinking can get rid of these and other such superstitions from our society. And getting rid of this irrational fear is the need of the hour considering that these superstitions are taking a toll on our productivity.

PS: That it can occur at least once, and at the most thrice, in a single year as per the Gregorian calendar, is one of the most interesting, but lesser known facts about Friday the 13th.

3 comments:

Shionge said...

Number 13 can be very auspicious for the Cantonese :D

Arkansas Patti said...

Aww pooh, I cut my nails today. Little did I know.

Country Mouse Studio said...

They say it's three times this year