Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday the 13th Superstitions

Friday the 13th superstitions are closely associated with the modern perception of Friday the 13th, that it’s funny. Yet, I love Friday the 13th and I have experienced some great luck and opportunities on this day that when it rolls around, I am truly happy to see it. You probably have a general idea of all the things you shouldn’t do on a Friday the 13th, here are some things that I have always made a point to do:

When Shopping: Shop Thirteen

If I buy several of any items, I always get thirteen, the baker’s dozen. I learned this from my grandmother who always believed that having a little too much, was better than having too little. This definitely worked for me when we went to the bookstore. So – if you are going to the grocery store and you are buying a twelve pack of soda, stop at the machine on the way out and grab a thirteenth one. I would recommend not buying really expensive stuff today, unless you can buy associatively – for example – a blue ray player with twelve blue rays works for me. (Retail outfits must love me).

Kiss the Cat

Don’t sweat the black cat crossing your path unless you are driving your car. Go out of your way to be nice to animals today. Pet dogs, pet cats and even let the snake in the grass go back in the grass (though with my fear of snakes, that’s a big one for me). Karma says what you push out into the world will come back to you. Don’t fear the animal that crosses your path and do a little to make them happy to see you. Allergic to animals? Make a small donation to an animal fund, let your money do the petting.

Head to the Bookstore

If you like horror or thriller and suspense novels, today is the day to go to the bookstore. Halloween’s commercial efforts are just a couple of weeks ago, but the holidays were already encroaching. Today’s a day for booksellers to really push some of their more gothic and fun-Friday-frighteners selections.

Watch Scary Movies

Okay, let me preface this by saying I don’t watch torture porn, but I do love a good suspense or monster movie. Consider The Frighteners with Michael J. Fox which ranks as one of my all time favorite films. Fox plays a psychic investigator who makes his money off of exorcisms involving his ‘friendly’ ghosts. He figures no one else will believe him, so he doesn’t try. But he ends up in a raucous end of the world, epic battle with real evil when the ghost of someone seriously deranged starts offing people. What you may not know is that the film, on of Fox’s last big screen efforts was directed by the Lord of the Rings’ Peter Jackson – so worth the watch.

Watch Not So Scary Movies

For kids, I would suggest either Saturday the 14th which is the very much unheralded Scream and Scary Movie of its day. It lampoons many of the horror films by making them funny. The hijinks begin when a boy discovers a book describing the curse of Saturday the 14th and releases monsters into the world. For more fun, scary movie fun with your kids check out Monster Squad: Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. The Monster Squad is all that stands in their way. Seriously, how can we resist the cuteness?

Travel, Go Out to Eat

In many parts of the world, people won’t go out and even here in the states, people hesitate because of triskaidekaphobia or the fear of the number 13. The last time I flew on Friday the 13th, I got bumped to first class because there was no one up there. You can get great reservations on the 13th and sometimes, you can just walk in to the more exclusive restaurants. So find the fun!

Embrace your inner thirteen and make a list of the thirteen things you’d like to do today. I can’t wait to hear. What do you do on Friday the 13th?


  1. As it turns out, I am traveling today! Thanks for a fun look at Friday the 13th!

  2. Have a great trip! I hope you get good upgrades

  3. Very fun! I've never been bothered by Friday the 13th. In fact, I seem to remember having pretty good luck on those days!