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 the 13th:

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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