After two years of Friday 13th rationing we are inundated with Friday 13ths in 2012, three to be exact.
Of course Friday the 13th is not just the name of one good movie and 47 terrible ones, for the superstitious amongst us it is filled with perils.
And no, I didn’t fall asleep on my keyboard, friggatriskaidekaphobia, is the fear of Friday the 13th which of course arrives tomorrow.
The number 13 has long been regarded as an unlucky number; hotels omit a 13th floor, airlines may leave out the 13th row, and parents regret not using contraception as their offspring become teenagers.
I was eagerly looking forward to a gig on Friday the 13th (the April instalment) but had second thoughts after noticing they had sold out of ground floor tickets and all that remained were balcony seats and balcony standing options. The gig is sponsored by Jaegermeister so am sure there would have been plenty on offer and the gig was at the bargain price of £6. All sounds like the ingredients of a fantastic night out, or would have been had it not befallen on Friday the 13th when after one too many Jaegermeisters you ended up careering off the balcony.
Do any of you heed the calendar when these dates crop up? What about other superstitions?
What of workers at umbrella factories or mirror manufacturers? Does the Chief umbrella tester have a segregated section outdoors in order to test the opening mechanism of the new batch off the production line? Or is he confined to perform his role indoors and be condemned to a life of tragedy.
On the flip side it is considered good luck to have an itchy palm. Personally I’d view this as a warning sign for arthritis. Believers though should not scratch the itch or it is rumoured to reverse the effect, wearing oven mitts should help conquer this urge, try also a jacket worn back to front with the arms crossed and tied at the back, commonly referred to as a straight jacket which is just the next logical step for you anyway.
Another good luck charm to counter the effects of your bad luck include happening upon a horseshoe, I’m not sure if you have to find one by chance or if its ok to prise one off a stallions hoof. Either way you should use your right hand to pick it up, spit on it whilst making a wish before throwing it over your left shoulder and leaving it where it lands. Obviously if it lands on someone elses head it is not particularly good luck for them.
What will happen in the next 24 hours? Will the fateful date live up to its infamy? Will it pass by with barely a whimper? Please do let me know.