"Friday the 13th" & other SUPERSTITIONS

"Nice Kitty Cat...please stand still!"
"Nice Kitty Cat...please stand still!"

Scary, silly or serious?

Within the spooky world of the superstitious, Friday the 13th. is a day of dread and disaster. Believers everywhere are on high alert, checking their schedules and bracing themselves for what evil, misfortune or dastardly deed may befall them. On this day, the superstitious of our breed will trust no one, proceed with extreme caution and embrace paranoia.

Could this be you? Are you that person with a rabbit's foot or four-leaf clover in your pocket, because "one never knows where or when bad luck will pounce upon you.?" Are you prepared for the worst that could possibly happen today? Have you convinced yourself this day will not end without a spontaneous combustion or freak accident?

To you my friend I say, "calm down and let's talk." I held on to superstitions for years myself. Then somehow I emerged from the fog and set the demons free. It's all about separating fiction from fact......myth from reality and fantasy from truth.

I do believe it's sort of fun to scare ourselves and spook our friends. In fact, I know this is why a lot of people look forward to Friday the 13th. They may not be superstitious at all but simply use any excuse to play practical jokes.

To be fair, there are plenty of people who cling to certain religions that are filled with beliefs that basically boil down to ancient rituals of imagined happenings.
These folks are very sincere and would take offense to being referred to as a bit off their rockers.

I'm sorry. No disrespect intended. It's just that until it's proven beyond all reasonable doubt that stepping on a crack will break someone's back....or walking under a ladder brings one very bad luck, I'm gonna have to go with seriously doubting most superstitions.


UH-oh...7 years BAD luck!
UH-oh...7 years BAD luck!
Don't step on that CRACK!!
Don't step on that CRACK!!
"LUCKY" 4-leaf clover & Horseshoe!!
"LUCKY" 4-leaf clover & Horseshoe!!
"The Horseshoe GOES, Gladys!!"
"The Horseshoe GOES, Gladys!!"

The DEFINITION, in easy-to-understand terms

Superstition-- Any belief or attitude based on fear or ignorance that is inconsistent with the known laws of science or what is considered true and rational.

There exists any number of common superstitions. However, as though the common kind are not ridiculous enough, there are the weird superstitions and worse, the bizarre. The latter can go the distance straight into crippling phobias.

Isn't this special? Just in case things are going smoothly and you're pretty happy about your life, there's always the threat of doom and gloom to destroy it all before your very eyes.

Of course, you would have us believe that terrible things happened because you broke the bathroom mirror this morning. And...after all, you heard an owl hoot steadily from your roof throughout the night! Yikes! You can't possibly expect to have a good day after that.

One of the secretaries in our office, Sarah, admits to being very superstitious. We never expect to see her at work on Friday the 13th.. She surprised us this year by showing up. We figure its because she'd taken a day off last week for a family emergency. She had to drive her husband to the E.R where it took 22 stitches to close the gash on his forehead. It seems Sarah had hung an iron horseshoe above their bed to prevent frightening nightmares. This horseshoe fell from the wall on her poor unsuspecting husband's noggin. On the way out the door to the hospital, he threw the lucky horseshoe into the trash. He apparently didn't appreciate the luck and protection it provided.

Watch this interesting video about Friday the 13th superstitions.

Hoo Hoo, I've come to take you away, Hoo Hoo
Hoo Hoo, I've come to take you away, Hoo Hoo

The superstitious are everywhere. There's our neighbor Joe, who will stop by to say "Hi," and fill us in on what's new in the neighborhood. This particular morning on Friday the 13th, Joe looked concerned

Raised by an Italian immigrant mother, most everything she taught Joe about life had some connection however slight, to a myth or old wives tale, complete with warnings and prayers to chant. Oh brother......yes, I know what you're thinking. But Joe took this seriously so we dared not laugh at him. This morning he wondered who the mystery guest was going to be who would come to their door at 6 pm. The way he explained it, his wife had a dream with the number 6 written on a wall. When she proceeded to make breakfast, she dropped a fork on the floor and gasped as she put her hand to her chest. ""Oh Joe, you know what this means....a stranger will come to our door, this evening at 6 o'clock and he will have bad news."

I looked at my husband, he looked at me. Together we said, "Oh my...oh really?" I mean, what would YOU say? The best we could do without playing the game was assure him the news would be good news.

Some of the nicest people, ordinarily sensible individuals, can be the superstitious type. A lot of this nonsense is passed down through generations from family members. . Grandparents can pass down old myths and folk tales. When you're just a kid, it sounds so mystical and spooky, you want to believe them..

I recall my grandmother having some incredible "beliefs" and sharing her tales with all of us impressionable kids.

Frankly, I have no superstitions to spook me on Friday the 13th....or any other day.. But fears like this, that are part of someone's belief system....things they've held onto for one reason or another for years ....are just THAT...things they believe.. Even if they deny being "superstitious," you will witness them throwing salt over their shoulder, going out the same door they came in or avoiding going near black cats. Don't forget knocking on wood, Come to think of it, I admit I've done that one myself.

I would encourage all superstitious people to simply go about their day in a very usual manner and disregard all paranoid thinking. Should you insist upon hiding out safely at home until the day is over....think of this: The reality is, misfortune will find us where ever we are. And that my friend, is not a superstition but something you can bank on!


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DzyMsLizzy 6 months ago from Oakley, CA

Ah--a hex! So that is the problem! LOL Hee hee hee... Or, as my husband variously puts it, depending upon his mood and the severity of the current run of mishaps... "If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all." Or alternately, "Things would have to improve to just be bad luck." ;-)


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fpherj48 6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Dzy....I hear ya! There's something very annoying about long streaks of what we call, "Bad luck!" We can easily reach the point of wondering who put a damned hex on us and why!!

The good news is that soon it will end and from that point on, it will be all great things!! Gotta make up for the bad times. It's only fair!!

Hang in there Dzy!.....


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DzyMsLizzy 6 months ago from Oakley, CA

One more update: Here we are, a year later, and it's again a Friday the 13th, 2016 LOL!!

Nothing date related here, but MURPHY'S LAW has been bothering us mercielssly and relentlessly for the past 2 entire years!! One thing right after another I'm getting right well fed up with his antics! ;-)


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

OMG Dzy!!.....What a scary story. I am sooooo glad you were under the ladder! Your poor husband must have felt terrible! I'm not a ladder person to begin with! I have a fear of heights. I can go up, but can't come back down.....LOL!

My Friday the 13th has been eventless and I'd like to keep it that way!

Thanks so much for stopping by Dzy! No more holding the ladder!!


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DzyMsLizzy 13 months ago from Oakley, CA

Update: today is Friday 13, 2015. It is a beautiful day with pleasant weather. We are expecting much-needed rain tomorrow.

One of my cats just puked in the office--a quiet sneaker; I did not see it, stepped in it, and rolled my chair through it! Ugh! What a mess. However, it has nothing to do with the date; this is something of a habit with her. We think she's part dog, with a tendency to wolf down her food so fast that it bounces right back. It is tiresome, but not date-connected.

Being under ladders: Recently, we were doing some much-neglected tree trimming, now that hubby is feeling a bit better and trying to do more. He was on the ladder, sawing off a broken limb; I was UNDER the ladder, holding it steady for him.

The limb came down suddenly, and part of it hit me in the side of the back, making a nasty scratch. HOWever--had I been beside the ladder, that 40+ pound limb would have landed on my head, and I might not be here to relate the tale! I stand by my position (no pun intended) that it is safer to be UNDER the ladder!

Cheers!


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

OK...then you can be my black kittie!


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Sunshine625 13 months ago from Orlando, FL

I'm dressed in black in honor of Friday the 13th! :)


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You too!.....I think I'll stop at the local animal shelter and adopt myself an adorable black kittie!


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Sunshine625 13 months ago from Orlando, FL

Happy Friday the 13th, SFAM!! :)


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Actually Miss Southern Belle. The age-old myth concerns the "hooting" of the owl. If heard in the darkness of night, while all is still & silent.....Hoo Hoo.....Hoo Hoo.....there shall be a "death" by morning.

Doesn't that make you all warm & fuzzy? Top that story off with a good old-fashioned Fairy Tale about the wicked old witch & her poisoned apple, and you've got yourself a child with lethal Night Terrors.........Good job, Grandma!


DJ Anderson 22 months ago

Mrs. Feiffer,

I read you insightful article and when I tried to vote, my computer froze.

So, STOP IT!!

No, I am not superstitious! But, I have run out of gas on a Friday 13th.

And, once I had a flat tire on Friday 13th. However, I will not walk under

a ladder and I avoid black cats. I used to love looking for 4-leaf clovers

and my brother, when he was younger, would not be caught without his rabbit's foot.

I have never heard of an owl meaning bad luck. What do they do?

The story of the horseshoe above the bed falling, is too funny.

I love that you re-publish this article. Most fitting, Mrs. Feiffer!!

Whatever you do today, may it all bring you great joy.

DJ.


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I don't even have to meet your Mother and she cracks me up.....I couldn't stop laughing about her accusations....97? God love her. The best part about all of this is that every thing is all "new" to her every day. That age brings new meaning to "forget yesterday.".....she has no choice.

This is merely a time in your life where you learn how to breathe deeply, count slowly to 10...or 20......and test the toughness of your tongue as you bite down. Such is the cycle of life, buddy. LOL


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

This is one of the few places in the world where we can say Good Morning to some of the nicest people, be inspired, entertained or informed and start our day on a positive note!!

"Good Morning," buddies!!


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Sunshine625 22 months ago from Orlando, FL

Dang it, luck wasn't on my side when I posted my previous comment or maybe love was in the air. I meant 2-13-15, not 2-14-15! :)


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tsadjatko 22 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

You are so discerning, it's uncanny. A Dennis the menace is quite accurate. But I was never a Bully, though we had one on our block, his chosen nick name was Stimey and everyone was scared of him, until the day THE GIRL who lived two houses downbeat the crap out of him and then in front of every body chased him down the street into his mommy's house. We never feared him again.

And you are also right,

Mom doesn't still believe in that superstition any more. Now at age 97 she has moved on from Gabriel's horn and TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA to believing my stepdaughter is making her fall down, stealing her socks, switching things around in her closet, her drawers, her room, her purse, probably her dreams with her voodoo and she makes a point of telling everyone as if we all believe in voodoo, of course!

Face my fears? try living with them....but then I suppose it could be worse. She could blame the voodoo on me.

Knowing you, next you will recommend I read some great hub page on dementia, I think you've read all the hub pages there are, so thanks, I'm thanking you in advance. Sock it to me.


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Sunshine625 22 months ago from Orlando, FL

Happy Friday the 13th (2-14-15) Wishing you a Happy-Go-Lucky Day! :)


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

First of all....the more you disclose about yourself as a kid, the more I feel for your parents. You were the original Dennis the Menace.

This makes me think you are still quite capable of practical jokes....so, if you have to, borrow a trumpet and hide in a closet and blow it.

I'll bet your Mom doesn't still believe in that superstition.....and I'm sure you won't sleep tonight The moral of this is, if you've ever been scared INTO something....you can scare yourself OUT of it!! True.

When we have "phobias," we're supposed to face them...right? Well, you go right ahead, T. On the other hand, I will not be climbing any high bridges to face my deadly fear of heights. You win a few, you lose a few..........


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tsadjatko 22 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Here's one for you.

When I was a child, the night before my aunt died we heard a sound like a trumpet throughout the house. My mother said that was Gabriel blowing his horn and some one was going to die. The next day my aunt died.

About 6 months later one night we heard it again only this time we were in the living room by the front door. It appeared the sound of a trumpet was coming directly from the front door, it was loud and eerie sounding. The house I grew up in had a rubber seal screwed onto the bottom of the front door and looking at the door I thought maybe that rubber strip was vibrating from the wind making a sound like a trumpet. It stopped as suddenly as it started. Curious I opened the door (we had no storm door because I kept breaking the glass in it) thinking it must have been the wind blowing under the door. But, there was no wind that night that I could sense. My mother didn't hesitate to say to us, somebody is going to die.

The next day when I came in the front door getting home from school she met me at that door and in front of the door, as I was closing it, she said I got a call, grandmom died today.

We never ever again heard that sound of a trumpet, though there were deaths in the family since.

Could it just be that

none of us were home the day before death to hear the trumpet sound again

or

maybe it was just a pure coincidence

that that piece of rubber wailed like wind was blowing under it

the day before a death

when no wind was blowing

or maybe, just maybe those two deaths or

the trumpet sounds occurred on and only on

FRIDAY THE 13TH


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tsadjatko 22 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Well if my birthday was Friday the13th I think they would have.


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I'm really quite amazed your parents were never tempted to put an ad in the classified for one slightly used, very unlucky male child!!


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tsadjatko 22 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

OK, I won't make you wait http://hubpages.com/animals/The-usual-unusual-pets...

Scroll down to the paragraph next to the white nurse's dress.


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hey Thanks tsad......interesting list of celebrities & quasi-famous people born on a Friday the 13th.

Obviously the Andretti family is not superstitious at all, if the grandson of Mario became a race car driver! That entire family lives on 4 wheels!

I don't know how LUCKY it is to sound like sponge Bob! Let's hope he doesn't also look like him! LOL.

I'd have to doubt that these people have had any more or less ill-fortune than the rest of us schmucks!

Thanks for stopping by to read one of my annuals.....It's strange that there are 2 months in a row with a Fri the 13th......usually they're months apart.

I really don't know how we younger generation escaped the superstitious grasp of our grandmother.....but we did. Mostly, I think she just scared the ____ out of us!! LOL Can't wait to hear about the owl & your Mom!


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hola mio cid! Es verdad? En Espana es trece de martes? You no se. Gracias para informacion! ....Que tenga un buen dia!.....Paula


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tsadjatko 22 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Griswold family here, remind me sometime to tell you about our pet Barn Owl and my mother (he wasn't electrocuted under the couch).

I've often wondered what could be the worst thing about Friday13th but after meeting and marrying and divorcing my X wife who was born on Halloween I have no doubt the worst thing must be having Friday 13th as your birthday, worse yet if your mother had your birth purposely induced on that day ( yeah, my X's mom did that to her on Halloween).

But researching it all I can find is famous people who were born on Friday the 13th.

Marco Andretti, The racecar driver was born on March 13, 1987.

Kat Dennings, The "Two Broke Girls" actress was born on June 13, 1986.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, The "Full House" fashion moguls were also born on June 13, 1986.

Feist, The "1234" singer's birth date is February 13, 1976.

Bernie Williams, The former Yankee was born on September 13, 1968

Kate Walsh, The actress was born on October 13, 1967.

Darius Rucker, Hootie's birthday is May 13, 1966.

Tom Kenny, The comedian who voices SpongeBob SquarePants was born on July 13, 1962.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus,The star of "Seinfeld" and HBO's "Veep" was born on January 13, 1961.

Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire" actor Steve Buscemi's birthday is December 13, 1957.

Max Weinberg, The E Street Band's drummer was born on April 13, 1951.

Christopher Plummer, The oldest actor to ever win an Academy Award was born on December 13, 1929.

Maybe since they are in the spotlight we can make a superstitious connection between their birth date and their "bad luck" however being famous starts us already in the hole.


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mio cid 22 months ago from Uruguay

Just as a curious note , in the spanish speaking world the dreadful day is Tuesday the 13 TH .


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thank you! I'll bet you're not superstitious...so Have a Great day tomorrow!!


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swilliams 22 months ago from Arizona

What a Timely Hub Paula! I also found it to be entertaing and funny of course! Very Well-Done! Voted up and Tweeted Out!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Helpful Household hints compliments of DzymsLizzy...LOL

Linda! Same to you and lots of luck as well!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy Friday the 13th Effer! :)


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

@ Au Fait: Highly polished aluminum makes a nice substitute for a mirror, and is not fragile.. ;-) LOL


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Actually there was another negative outcome....I discovered how damned easy it is to get into my LOCKED house! I really don't need to lock up at all anymore unless I invest in NEW locks.........Yes, Life sure is great!

Oh....we have ONE locksmith....and he knows me for sure...but not because I lock myself out of the house.....but my CAR!! And the 2 times I didn't lock myself out...my Border Collie did. He stepped on the auto lock...with the car running. That was some FUN experience.

I'm lucky I wasn't hauled away to the Funny Farm as people witnessed me screaming at my friggan DOG to step on the lock again and OPEN the door.......as he stared at me, with his tongue hanging out and panting. I am my very own Comedy Show 24/7!!

Like you...Who needs Friday the 13th? I trip over my own feet 365 days a year!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

epher: I have locked myself out of the house so many times I am embarrassed; and not just on a Friday the 13th! The area lock smiths all know me by first name. LOL! Good luck to you and I hope you get the car jumped and back in your house asap. Isn't life great?


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hey there suzette....Nor am I superstitious. HA! However, I can clearly see how it happens that some people BECOME superstitious! Went out to my car at 10:30 this morning, to find my car dead as a doorknob.

Well, of course the battery was dead. Yesterday when I ran out to close the windows, I neglected to turn the key off.....that was stupid...or was it planned due to some curse??? LOL

Oh, that was not bad enough. I soon discovered I had locked myself out of my home. WTF? Seriously, I am not making this up!!

Oh suzette...just when I think I'm convicted in all of my beliefs....the devil steps in to piss me off.......


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I love all cats.....and black cats are beautiful. They have quite an exotic look about them. Poor babies have such an unfair reputation! Thanks for your comment, Flourish.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Happy Friday the 13th! Good thing the first thing I did was get on HP - I didn't realize it was a Friday the 13th. What a delightful hub so funny and well written. I am not superstitious, but I like to have fun with a day like this.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I love black cats and have three of them. They are very lucky creatures. And my dad chose today of all days, the Friday the 13th, to retire. Sheesh.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

BTW.......Superstitious or not....DON'T GET MARRIED ON FRIDAY THE 13TH! LOL Hope he is now far,far away! Sounds like someone to avoid, at all costs! Glad you escaped, unharmed, angel!!


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angel115707 3 years ago from Galveston, TX

Well you didn't mention the Freemason thing? How 13 Freemasons were killed or really knight Templar on a Friday by the French king and the pope or something? a college teacher and a friend both informed me of that.

I never believed until I had my own bad luck! I married on a Friday the 13th because we didn't believe in all that jazz.... he almost killed me a few years later... I had a few more rounds of bad luck. Yeah, its superstition, never the less the law of attraction is somewhat at work, its not a perfect law, it bends, BUT so much negative is put into those dates it seems to magnify for no apparent reason! Cute Hub BTW.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Just hold on tight, Til. It's gonna be a DOOZY!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well....you see......you haven't known me long enough, to realize you have to check and recheck everything I say. Not that I would lie.......just that I can be rather absent-minded.

This is a common characteristic of the female genius............ROFLMAO!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Listen up St. Effer, when you say something I think its true. Of course I didn't look at the calendar, that would be cheating!

Let's not discuss who's older than dirt. My kids think dirt wasn't around when I was a kid!!

Waiting for your next miracle.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LOL...Tillie Wait, wait, wait!! The damned Yoke's on me! I originally wrote this silly hub in 2012....better known as LAST year. THIS hub should have been on "Why My Friends Say My Head IS Up MY A$$." There were 3 Friday the 13th's last year.....not this year. Oops. My face is red.

The next Friday the 13th isn't until September....and then another in Dec. THIS year. (Cuckoo)

See......apparently, it's very rare to have 3 in one year.....and the superstitious get all squirrly and everything. Unlike myself......who needs absolutely no reason whatsoever to be squirrly.

Obviously, I didn't look at the 2013 calendar....but then, I guess you 3 hubbers who have commented, did not either. HA!

So, here's my suggestion. Forget you read this, superstitious or not....and I promise not to recirculate it again in Sept or Dec.....Perhaps by then, I will perform a miracle and actually write a new hub. One more miracle after that and you'll need to call me Saint Effer.

I take no pictures, gf. I don't even have a camera. Well, I do, but it's older than dirt. Besides...that's your job. Taking pictures...not being older than dirt!! LMAO! Think I should shut up while I'm behind?

And now you know why no one believes I don't drink. Kind of hard even for me to believe. You can imagine it would be complete disaster to mix alcohol & ditzy. But I'm very lovable, they say!!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

"....threat of doom and gloom" with you around GF there ain't no gloom or doom for sure! I had no idea there was a Friday the 13th in July but here you were pointing it out for us back in April...hmm, can you see the future or is the future now?

Loved this light-hearted romp through superstitions. Where did you get the great photos btw? They fit in perfectly! Don't tell me you took them all cause I know you didn't break a mirror just for a hub! Is that owl in your attic or do you have bats in your belfry?

Voted up, useful, funny, and interesting.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Nice hub, Paula. No, I am not superstitious, (knock on wood) !!!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ed.....I simply don't believe anyone refers to you as Boring! I don't entertain superstitions either.....but I do get a kick sometimes, out of people who do..... They seem so dead serious over such ridiculous nonsense, I have to laugh...


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ahorseback 3 years ago

No I don't get supersticious at all , sorry , guess that's why some call me ....Booooorrrriiinngg ! Lol. .....Its all about numbers ! Chance , statistics .......sorry ! lol.....great subject ++++++++++Ed


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Tycoon......another thing I just LOVE about "sons"......how they enjoy messing with MOM.....I get it from 4 angles!! Nothing cracks them up more than to be all together and gang up on me......They are so damned funny though, that I laugh with them........BRATS!!


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TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

Very amusing Hub! I remember as a child my mother was very superstitious. I would repeatedly walk under ladders just to mess with her. LOL

Voted up and funny


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I would agree nanderson...in fact, superstitions are really rather funny. Don't we all have some strange co-workers at one time or another?? LOL...Thanks a lot for the visit.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Au fait.....I don't believe in any of this silly stuff in the least....about the only issue you might have, is cleaning up a lot of glass and spending a lot of money on MIRRORS!!! LOL Thanks so much for the visit....I liked your comment about the salt! LOL


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gregoriom 4 years ago from East Elmhurst, NY

I am a non-believer of these type of things. Things happen just cuz they are meant to happen, not cuz of a black cat or you pass under a ladder or maybe cuz of a broken mirror. Anyone can have a bad day and that's just life. You may have a bad day even if any of these things happen to you. Every head is a different world and that's just the way I think.

That is just my humble opinion dear Paula.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Great Hub for this time of year.....I am NOT superstitious at all. I kind of laugh at people who are.

I've walked under many ladders, stepped on cracks, broke mirrors and all the rest, and if I have bad luck, I just accept it and go on...

I voted this Hub UP, and will share,


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

I try to avoid being superstitious. It's definitely pretty silly. Interesting hub, you have some interesting coworkers!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

I broke so many mirrors growing up that I really don't have to worry about Friday the 13th. I already have more bad luck than any one person needs for a lifetime. Hadn't thought about it in a very long time. This hub made me think of it. Maybe that's the reason things always seem to go awry -- all those broken mirrors?

Now that you have me thinking about it, I'm thinking with all those broken mirrors as a base, if I got zapped with all the other stuff that people consider bad luck I'd probably have been dead a long time ago. How much bad luck can one person carry around before it crushes them?

I like Fridays the 13th, and I always defy the laws of superstition if I get a chance -- walking under ladders, etc. My right hand palm hasn't itched in a long time which is probably why I have no money. I never throw salt over my shoulder because it makes a mess that I have to clean up.

Love the photo of the black cat. Before I became allergic to cats I used to have a cat that looked almost exactly like that photo. Mine had a little white spot on his chest. He was such a sweetie. A totally antisocial snot with everyone but me, but a sweetie just the same. Yes, I know they say animals take on the personality of their humans. ;)

Interesting hub. Hadn't thought about superstitions in a long time. I guess there are a lot of people who are into them. Myself, I just don't have time for any more chores that don't pay.

Voted you up and interesting, and will share!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Dizzy......I like that!! It's perfect!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

P.S....I've coined a word to substitute for this nonsense:

"STUPID-STITIONS" :-D


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LMAO!!! Really......RA...you may want to re-evaluate your opinion of "superstitions!!!".......I know you made this all up...but we DO have these days, don't we?


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RunAbstract 4 years ago from USA

Last Friday the 13th I was doing real good until that stupid black cat ran in front of me just as I was walking under the ladder I had put in place to position the mirror I wanted to hang. Well naturally I dropped and broke the mirror, I was so startled, and then when I quickly went to knock on wood, I stumbled and broke my knuckle.

Next my friend came in an laid a hat on the bed, and Boom!! The bed blew up.

We decided to go out to eat and take our minds off things, but the guy at the table across from us threw salt over his shouldar and straight into my eyes! We said "To heck with this" and left.

On the walk to the car an owl flew by "hoo-ing" and crapped on my head.

What a day!

I really ejoyed your Hub, and I'm with you! Superstition is just plain silly!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

THANK YOU SFAM.........You knew I'd be busy as he** getting ready for this crazy party.....I'm beat!!! and still have much to do!! Happy 13th!!!!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy Friday the 13th!!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

ladyfountain1....Hi there! So nice to meet you....and I think you'll be surprised and glad to know, there are more people like you and me, than there are the "truly superstitious!!"


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ladyfountain1 4 years ago

It nice to see someone that does not believe in superstition other than myself. Great post.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

ishwaryaa22.....Nice to you see you here! Yes, it is all true about the number 13....My dearly departed & overly-superstitious Mother, would not sit for dinner at a table of 13 people.

Her mother.....from the "Old Country," emigrated here with a huge trunk full of tricks and potions, spells and superstitions. And, btw, they were not happy with the scoffing and laughter of my generation.....so sometmes, we had to pretend we believed. Elsewise, our grandmother would mark our forehead with a cross, using olive oil, to chase away the devil.

Oh yeah.....can we say, "Cuckoo?"


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An insightful and engaging hub! I have heard that not only they believe in Friday the 13th but also this number 13 and they skipped this number in hotel-rooms, elevator-levels, aeroplane-seats, etc. Yesterday went smoothly as it was a festival for me and my family - Tamil New Year in my country-state and we celebrated it happily!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

DzyMsLizzy....you are the Queen of realistic Information and common sense! Everything you said is so reasoable and understandable.....We need more women like you to teach the masses of VooDoo Freaks who GLOW with negative vibes!

Thank you so much. I always enjoy your visits!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Fascinating! I, too scoff at all this unsubstantiated nonsense.

My husband takes the opposite tack--he considers Friday the 13th to be a GOOD luck day for him, as his son was born on a Friday 13th. ;-)

Most people do not realize the power of the mind, and by constantly focusing on the negative, you are sending that energy out into the universe, and it's probably going to bounce back at you: in other words, it's liable to create what is known as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Of course you're going to have bad luck: you've willed it upon yourself.

As for the most common of superstitions, please allow me to add my take:

1) Black cats. We miss our dear black kitty terribly. They are among THE sweetest and most loving and cuddly kitties around. If a black cat crossed my path, I'd be delighted.

2) Walking under ladders. This is supposedly from a safety standpoint, in case the person working above drops something. If you think about it, however, it would take some pretty funny bounces and strange sideways gravitational pulls to cause a dropped anything to land UNDER the ladder. It's more likely to fall directly off to the sides, or bounce off the rungs and land behind. IMO, it's actually safer to pass under the ladder.

3) Rabbit's foot. Pure nonsense, and sure not lucky for the poor rabbit!

4) Broken mirrors. Well, there is the hazard of getting cut on broken glass, so clean up the mess really well, and vacuum if it's on carpet. On hard floors, did you know that a wet paper towel is the best at picking up tiny bits of broken glass too small to grasp (but still large enough to stab your foot, or be licked up by a pet)? It's true. 7 years bad luck, though? Pshaw! (Refer to self-created "luck," above.)

Thanks for a very interesting and sensible read with a great humorous twist. Voted up, interesting, awesome and shared.


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hotwebideas 4 years ago from New York

Very cool hub and voted up! I think I saw one of those black cats under a ladder tonight. Yeah, you guessed it. Some guy walked underneath the ladder to pick up the cat and incidentally broke the poor mirror that he was holding. LOL


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

I am sooooooooooooooo impressed, Paula! I absolute Love, Love, Love your idea of daily robes and socks to match! Remember back in the day when they sold panties with Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc. embroidered on the hip! Maybe you should have an 8th robe specially made for Friday the 13th! Outstanding! Hef doesn't even do that!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LMAO....AVP...Now there's a good idea. I take it you don robes more ofen than street clothes....I have a robe for every day of the week....I hate wearing the same thing everyday!!! I even have socks to match my robes.


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

Tag teaming! Tag teaming! Paula, those bunny ears were $1 at Target (Targay). I could not pass them up. Oh, no! Not the Hef! He would never let me in his hutch. But maybe there is hope. We can go shopping for matching bathrobes???


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States

Aye, 'tis true, and our beloved Scottish and Irish peoples of yore were experts on embellishing on the mundane. Superstitions shouldn't be easily dismissed, because they're better described as ancient warnings to us future peoples.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jason....I can believe that easily. I mean, if someone a hundred years ago walked under a ladder and suddenly a brick fell on his head....or a black cat crossed some dude's path and he then tripped and fell off a cliff........yeah, I can see this sort of stuff being born of mishaps & tragedies and being passed on from person to person for generations....and of course, through the years they're all elaborated on.

I always thought that superstitions came somewhat from particular "rituals" & customs too..... Thanks for stopping by. Great comment!!


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States

Hi from Jason on Friday the 13th. Experts believe most superstitions grew from true events...


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Eb or Haney, whichever it is...I thank you! "Green Acres is the place I want to be" straight jacket and the padded room! Bahahaha! How is Hugh doing Arlene??? :))


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes....yes...it was Mr. Haney!!! Thank you for the answer! That guy was so damned funny. not as funny as Sunshine....but....funny.

Speaking of funny.....AVP... I love the bunny ears...is that is honor of the Easter Bunny or have you perhaps taken up residency in the mansion with HUGH?? lmao


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

Oh, stop it, Eb/Sunshine. I cannot stop laughing. I would much rather be Lisa, who dripped diamonds and wore fancy clothes around that little farmhouse. Ah, to be a Size 2!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I remind you of Eb (Thanks Arlene)! I think. Not sure. Ok, thanks!


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

And my ex.


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

It was either Eb or Mr. Haney. Or Arnold the Pig. No, Arnold was smarter than both of them.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You remind me of the guy on "Green Acres." I can't think of his name right now, but he talks like that...in circles.....changing his mind every other word. He cracks me up...but not as much as YOU!!!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

So far so good with my 13th. Kinda. Not really. Ok, it could have been worse. So far so good!:)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well....I guess the 13th. has been lucky for you! I'm not the least bit superstitious, but I like teasing people who are....My Mom had some crazy ones and my sister and I had so much fun playing on her phobias. Fortunately she had a sense of humor too.

You have mentioned 2 superstitions I have never heard of. There must be millions of them around the world!!!!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

The same Friday the 13th that my youngest son was born, I also closed on my first house. I must say that I consider 13 a "lucky" number for me and if it falls on Friday, it's even better :-). Great article about superstitions. I must admit that I do have some superstitions however, such as not putting my purse on the floor so that my money doesn't drain away. In actuality, it just keeps it from getting dirty. I won't sweep around someone's feet. We know that keeps them from getting dust all over them. Anyway, thanks for sharing such an interesting hub.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sharyn!! You really are my kind a gal! Always turn what's labeled "bad" into something GOOD. It confuses the heck out of every one and they also wonder what you're up to. Shhhhh...never tell. It's our little secret!. Glad you stopped by. I've missed you.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Paula,

I LOL'd many times throughout this fun piece of work. One word to describe your writing that I love: ENGAGING. I love the humor and sarcasm, my kind of stuff. My mother taught my sisters and I very early on that Friday the 13th was a lucky day. Hope all is well with you, take care,

Sharyn


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Neil....I love the name Neil so much, I snuck it in as my 4th son's middle name.....thanks so much for filling me in on what goes on in Ontario (just over the bridge from me!!) on Friday the 13th! and I appreciate the video. Thanks for stopping by. Come again anytime!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

That's right....Michelle got married on Friday the 13th, goes to show how insignificant the date is to us:))


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Stokermm.....I was SURE that I replied to your comment!!?? hmmmm, must be my old brain playing tricks on me. I'm positive you and hubby will do just fine FOREVER.....after all...you're a little ray of Sunshine! Thanks for stopping by, sweetie.


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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Friday 13th - LOL -- I live in Port Dover Ontario - Every friday the 13th is a biker party in Dover - Youtube search pd13 and you will find many more videos like this one .. fun times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2cUiHw1wDo


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Stokermm 4 years ago from Gainesville, FL

I got married on a Friday the 13th and we are doing okay so far!!! :)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

mandy...You have a point there! and the fact is, if we don't hear about all these Friday the 13th disasters, they must not be happening!! All I know is, whatever happens on Fri the 13th....can and DOES happen any other day of the year! LOL Thank you for visiting. I appreciate meeting you.

Cogerson, you punked me! At first I thought you were serious.....duh, boy am I dumb. LOL Very glad you made it through the 13th unscathed! What on earth would ever do for MOVIE NEWS???

Flora...YOU are too funny. I love your sly sense of humor. (I did not know that about October and black cats) But I am aware weird people have been known to do very inhumane things to innocent animals. Oh, and one more thing, thanks for the "heads up" about backing off the edge of cliffs! LOL.....has someone told you about my horrible clumsiness? NUTS! there goes my image! Thanks for stopping by.


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

In regards to black cats - superstition has caused pet shelters to make sure that no black cats are adopted out in October. You can never be sure for what purpose a black cat will be adopted.

As for certain things causing bad luck and certain things causing good luck, this is true. Fore example, not paying your taxes will result in bad luck. Meanwhile, looking where you are going and avoiding backing off of the edge a cliff will result in good luck. Haha!


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Whew....Friday went just fine....we did our normal routine....at midnight we took all the pillows/blankets in the house and put them into one room....we covered anything with an edge or a hard corner..then the whole family stayed in that room and then we waited 24 hours before leaving the room....and once again....the family survived....but we are not superstitious....lol.

On a serious side...very well done...I enjoyed reading your hub, and I have also enjoyed reading the comments as well...voted up and interesting.


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mandymoreno81 4 years ago

Sometimes I don't even know that it's Friday the 13th so I never suspect a thing. Honestly, if the day were somehow cursed, I think we'd hear a lot more reports of strange events occurring.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

TAMMY...YES, absolutely to "metaphysics." I'm a firm believer in that real "power." I even appreciate superstitions being used in HUMOR...but I have a couple of friends who are "Bingo" nuts (lol) and they BELIEVE in all sorts of weird things that bring "LUCK." ya know what, Tammy? They've never won!!! So, WHERE's the luck??LMAO!!

justateacher....How sweet....you were a young hero who rescued strays too, huh? Did you drive your parents nuts??? lol

Hmmmm, Arlene, about your EX, Jason...is he still amongst the living?? LOL!!

Steve....CHINA??? you need to send us all some inspirational CHINESE PROVERBS!! OH yeah...and some FORTUNE COOKIES!! How will I know what my day will be like without my fortune cookie? Thank you for visiting!

Something blue...You see? Yet another wonderful thing about Hubpages and our fellow-hubbers. You have just enlightened me. I did not know this "info". Probably why I didn't mention it. LOL Thank you kindly


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Sunshine....Hello my dear...now, now, you can say it...black cats creep you out because you're not all that fond of cats in general.lol but even people who love cats will admit there is something a little spooky about looking into the green eyes of a black cat. Also, they're associated with "Witches" in Fairy Tales....Poor black cats, what a Bum Rap!! lol


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Yet you didn't mention why we fear the day . . . Google Knights Templar, the church chose Friday the 13th to go on a killing spree back in the Middle Ages and wipe out all the Knights Templar.

The Knights had achieved too much success by instituting a form of banking and threatened the Church and the ruling class, so they did what they have been doing for thousands of years they went on a killing spree.


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Steve LePoidevin 4 years ago from Thailand

Oops..it came and went and I totally missed it. Reading this hub was the first time I realized it was the big day yesterday here in China.


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

Paula, my ex-husband was named Jason, and he was born on Friday the 13th. I think you already know of the movie and the rest of the story? Anyway, thank you for the Hub reminder. I didn't realize today was Friday the 13th, but then again, you can always tell me to get my retired head out of my ass because any day above ground is a good day. Voted up and all that.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Love to hear all about superstitions and I talk about them all the time, but don't really believe them. As a child I felt sorry for all the black cats out there and brought many stray black cats home!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great article! I am not superstitious per say, but I do watch animal behavior which I don't think is related. I believe in the metaphysics behind positive and negative thinking and think that has a direct outcome on our situations. If a person puts negativity out into the universe, through superstitions or whatever, I think they draw that back to them. But I don't believe in the wives tales.. LOL!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jaye....you are not the 1st to admit not even being aware of the date today until my hub! This is good to know. I've know so many superstitious people in my day and it boggles my mind. Mostly because they're basically smart people, so I have to wonder what the heck went wrong for them to hang on to some of this "Voo-Doo." Thanks for the visit. Always gald to hear from you!


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

I'm not superstitious, so paid no attention to today's date until you pointed it out. The only reason I can think of not to walk under a ladder is if it's wobbly and might fall on my head. Good thing black cats don't frighten me: there are about eight of them on this block alone!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I didn't know it was the 13th until a friend texted me at 10:30 and said Happy 13th! I laughed!! Just plain silly!! Black cats kinda freak me out though!! Haha!! Great idea for a hub!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi Susan.....of course you had "forgotten" it was the 13th! You're not superstitious. Those who are, probably didn't sleep last night....and will STAY IN THE HOUSE ALL DAY!!! lol. I'm glad you stopped by. Hey! maybe it's "good Luck" to be the first to leave a comment?? LOL


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I had forgotten it was Friday the 13th today. I've never been a person that believes in superstitions. I remember I would be walking with my grandmother as a child and if I saw a ladder leaning against a building I would go walk under it. She would have a fit as she was superstitious. I would just say it's okay gramma nothing bad is going to happen. But there are many people out there that are very superstitious. I enjoyed reading your hub and Happy 13th :)

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