A Survival Guide to Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th 2017

Panic now, because it’s Friday the 13th!

And on top of that, it’s almost Halloween. A Friday the 13th this close to Halloween can’t be good, can it? Some horrible disaster is hanging over our heads, just waiting to descend.

OK, before you run screaming to your room and pull the covers over your head, check this out: I want to help you have a disaster-free Friday the 13th, so I’ve put together a little list of things to do and not do on this most unlucky of days. I mean, geeze, you wouldn’t want to cross paths with a black cat while walking under a ladder as a funeral procession passes on Friday the 13th, would you???? I didn’t think so.

For good luck:

Good luck symbol four leaf clover
Source: The Balance

Carry a rabbit foot. The Celts believed rabbits were lucky, and supposedly Queen Boudica released one onto the field before every battle she fought. Over time, people started to believe carrying around a rabbit’s foot was lucky. However, if you have a pet rabbit, you can just cuddle him or her all day (if the rabbit will let you) and hope for osmosis, since rabbits themselves are inherently lucky.

Hang a horseshoe over your door. No one knows for sure where the tradition of the lucky horseshoe started. It may have been an old legend about a man who outwitted the devil using horseshoes. But whatever the origin, the superstition about a horseshoe over the door bringing good luck has been around for a long time.

Pick up a penny. You know the saying: “Find a penny, pick it up, and all that day, you’ll have good luck.” Sounds like a good protection against Friday the 13th.

Other good luck charms include finding a four-leafed clover, wearing a lucky charm, and getting pooped on by a bird (yep).

For bad luck:

Bad Luck cat
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Do not get a hair cut. Seriously, people. Legend has it that if you get a haircut on Friday the 13th, someone in your family will die. So unless you’ve been waiting around on that wealthy relative to die and leave you everything, stay out of the barbershop today.

Pass a funeral procession. Get this: if a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you’re next in line to die. Yikes!

Have a baby. If you start to go into labor on Friday the 13th, hold it. A baby born on Friday the 13th will have an unlucky life. I mean, gosh, just look at Taylor Swift: she was born on Friday the 13th, and she has the worst dating luck of anyone I know. Spare your child that pain.

Other unlucky things include spilling salt, breaking a mirror, opening an umbrella inside a house, and – of course – crossing paths with a black cat.