If you're one of those people who avoid traveling, going to work, eating in a restaurant or signing important documents on Friday the 13th, you have paraskevidekatriaphobia. There is no need to call the doctor. It means a fear of Friday the 13th. Here are some superstitions about Friday:
  • Never change your bed on a Friday as it will give you bad dreams. 
  • If you start a trip on a Friday, you'll have misfortune. 
  • Cut your nails on a Friday and you cut them for sorrow. 
  • If ships set sail on a Friday, they will have bad luck. 
  • Friday is the witches' Sabbath. 

Here are some superstitions about the number 13:
  • 13 is the Devil's Dozen. 
  • Should 13 people eat dinner together, all will die within the year. 
  • Just as many buildings don't have a 13th floor, going right from 12 to 14, many cities don't have a 13th Street or 13th Avenue. 
  • If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck. Don't believe it? Count the letters in these infamous names: Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo. 
  • There are 13 witches in a coven. 

It's bad luck to:
  • Begin a new job or a trip 
  • Cut off both ends of a loaf of bread 
  • Flip your mattress 
  • Put new shoes on the table 
  • Leave your hat on the bed 
  • Walk under a ladder 
  • Pour water on a windowsill 
  • Plant potatoes 
  • Lean a broom on a bed 
  • Open an umbrella indoors 
  • Do housework 
  • Wear new clothes 
  • Cut your hair 
  • Sneeze to your left side 
  • Have a black cat cross your path 

It's good luck to:
  • Cut your finger nails on a Friday to avoid a toothache during the month. 
  • Take candy to a friend during your first visit of the New Year. 
  • Pick the first violets of spring. 
  • When you set the table, place the salt down first. 
  • If you drop a spoon, expect friends to drop by soon. 
  • If your left hand itches, money will come to you. 
  • When you move to a new house, take a broom and a loaf of bread with you. 
  • Put a red bow on a newborn baby. 
  • Don't sweep dust out the front door or you'll sweep away good luck. 
  • Make a wish when you see the first robin of spring. If it doesn't fly away before you finish wishing it'll come true.


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