For this Friday the 13th, I present the 13 top common superstitions...
1. "Step on a crack, you'll break your mother's back." - Raise your hand if you ever avoided cracks in the sidewalk as a kid. *raises hand* Raise your other hand if you still do. *smiles*
2. "Don't walk under a ladder." - Something about the shape of a ladder being a triangle and a vortex. *makes googly eyes* I used to love tempting fate with this one!
3. "Break a mirror and you'll get 7 years of bad luck." - I'm sticking to this one. My mirror phobia will not allow me to mess with the evil mirror dwelling spirits.
4. "No opening an umbrella inside." - Other than the threat of breaking objects, this one makes no sense to me. I think it has something to do with offending a sun god?
5. "If a black cat crosses your path, you'll have 7 years of bad luck." - Another one! What's with the 7 years of bad luck? Why not 4 or 6 o 13? And why hate on the black cats???
6. "Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck." - I've found lots of pennies. I've picked them up. I've not had a day full of good luck. I feel cheated.
7. "Bad luck comes in threes." - I know I should say the question above...why not 4 or 6 or 13? Etc. But, this one does seem to fit. Granted it's probably my mind applying situations not connected in any way to one another, but...yeah, I'm partial to it.
8. "Cross your fingers." - From my research this goes back to Christianity and creating the shape of the cross for good luck. Don't know if that's accurate (and I'm Buddhist, can't exactly make the shape of Buddha), but I do tend to cross my fingers, and toes when I can manage it. :)
9. "Carry a horseshoe for good luck." - Maybe I'll put it over my door if I'm feeling my Irish roots that day, but I'm not lugging it around with me. Besides, what about the horse that lost it?
10. "Knock on wood." - To defy the spirits! Similar to "Jinx", you use it when you say something like "Crossing that black cat didn't bring me bad luck, knock on wood." And yes, I do say it.
11. "A rabbit's foot is good luck." - Ew! Seriously, ew! Who carries around a rabbit's foot? I'll take my chances without one. Besides my corgi's foot looks like a rabbit's foot. I'll pet him for good luck instead.
12. "Toss that spilled salt over your left shoulder." - Salt has many properties associated with magic. It is said to ward off evil spirits. *sarcasm alert* And we all know the left side is the bad side! Bad lefties.
13. "Always say 'Bless You' after a person sneezes." - I think this is polite. But, apparently the ancient Romans thought the soul could pass through a sneeze. The bless you was a way of stopping the soul. Maybe next time, I'll try, "You shall not pass!"
Do you put faith in any of these superstitions? Which of your favorites did I miss?