Maybe you suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobia.
What’s that you say?
Definition: a persistent, irrational fear of Friday the 13th
If you’re superstitious, walking through the streets can feel like navigating a field of landmines. Don’t let a blackcatcross your path. Step on a crack and break your mother’s back. And never walk under a ladder!
We all know about black cats walking in front of us, broken mirrors, and walking under ladders. But when and where did these superstitions originate?
Breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck. It so happened that in both Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire that is between 2,000 and 2,700 years ago: reflected images were thought to have mysterious powers. It is likely in one of these times and places that the broken mirror superstition began.
Bad luck and black cats. It’s said that the story began when a black cat was seen running into a…
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I hadn’t realized Friday the 13th was close, and here it is reaching for my toes. Most folks I know have never had anything bad happen on the 13th.
We had an aunt and uncle who lived on the 13th floor of an apartment building. Of course, it was not labeled the 13th. They were in the elevator with others one day, and someone wondered aloud what PH stood for where 13 would normally have been. Aunt Kay supplied her version, “PH stands for Poor House.” As you can imagine, she was anything but poor.
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That’s so funny Anne. Thanks.