Friday the 13th is here, and it’s (luckily) the only one we’ll have this year.
How did this day become known as a perfect storm of bad luck? Fridays have been considered unlucky ever since Jesus Christ (made famous by The Bible) was supposedly crucified on that day and the Knights Templar (made famous by The Da Vinci Code) were said to have been arrested on Friday, October 13, 1307.
The number thirteen itself has been unlucky since the time of the ancient Hindis, and in Norse mythology, the god Loki was the thirteenth guest who crashed a dinner party uninvited and had another guest killed. Perhaps a more famous unlucky dinner guest was Judas Iscariot, the thirteenth invitee to the Last Supper.
All of these events, coupled with Hollywood doing such a bloody good job of marketing their Friday the 13th movie franchise, has made for a day that’s dreaded by most of us. If you feel a touch of paraskavedekatriaphobia (the fear of Friday the 13th) setting on, fear not, because we’ve got a whole host of things you can do to ensure that this day goes smoothly:
–Start the day off on the right foot, literally, by getting out of the bed on the right side and making sure that the first step you take outside is with your right foot. (If your bed is against a wall and you can’t get out on the right side, you’ve got other problems best solved by consulting the Lucky Bedroom section of Luck: The Essential Guide.)
–Wear red underwear. It’s the color that’s most fortuitous on days like today. And don’t put on anything that’s green, the unluckiest color. (The only exceptions to this rule are if green has always brought you luck, or you’re Irish.)
–Carry your favorite lucky charm in your pocket. If you don’t have one, try an acorn, a four leaf clover, or grab the first heads up penny you come across.
–Avoid the temptation to tidy up today: brooms should not be handled under any circumstances; don’t do the laundry; and you shouldn’t flip the mattress or change the sheets.
–It’s best not to begin anything new today—a new job, a new project, a new haircut, or even a new box of cereal. Likewise, we wouldn’t recommend job interviews, getting on a plane, or going for surgery today.
–Eat a big meal with lots of garlic. It’s been known as the luckiest herb since ancient Egyptian times, and of course, it’ll also keep away those pale men with slicked-back hair, satin capes, and preposterous accents.
–If you live in anywhere near New York City, you might want to pay a visit to one of the lucky spots outlined in the latest Time Out New York. Click HERE to read the article.
Photography by Denny Yuniarta (left) and Claudecf (right).