It’s Friday the 13th today and as always there’s a plethora of superstitions coming out through the woodwork today. Not being a particularly superstitious person, I find a lot of entertainment in how people get sucked in my superstitions and the ‘bad luck’ that random things can bring.
My only superstition is Karma. I’m scared of stuff coming back to bite me. For example I believe that if you try to screw someone down on price too much, you’ll get screwed on quality or service. Perhaps it comes from dealing with China and product production for so long, if you screw the Chinese on price in any way, shape or form, it comes back to you in one way of another with lesser quality fabrics or crappy product. Likewise I always tell the supermarket if they haven’t scanned an item. I always go back and tell them, for some reason I’m convinced that I’ll be poisoned from the milk I just bought. SO far so good, not so much bad luck coming my way. Perhaps I should have been a Buddhist, they believe in Karma don’t they?
The gang in the office here have a few superstitions of their own which include:
- Never open an umbrella indoors
- Never put new shoes on a table
- Never walk underneath a ladder.
- Don’t book flights on Friday 13th of any month.
- Never give someone a give of a wallet or bag without putting coins in the bag for good luck.
- Put your arms on the roof of the car and hold your breath when driving past a cemetery.
- Push your belly button when you drive past an ambulance.
- Don’t fly on Sept 11.
- If your right eye twitches there will soon be a birth in the family. If the left eye twitches there will soon be a death in the family.
- For good luck throughout the year, wear new clothes on Easter
- A dog howling at night when someone in the house is sick is a bad omen.
- It’s bad luck to leave a house through a different door to the one you came in.
- If your right ear twitches, someone is speaking well of you. If your left ear twitches, someone is speaking ill of you.
Brent just told us of the first time he got superstitious after having a bad day last week. Only last week passed on an SMS from someone and felt compelled to pass it on;
“This is a money angel. Pass it onto 6 of your good friends or family and be rich in four days, 12 and you’ll be rich in two days. No joking, you’ll have an unexpected winfall. If you delete, you will beg. Try It.”
His ever supportive mates replied with:
“F*&K off mate” and
“If you had anything left, you’ve lost it”
Clearly they weren’t superstitious blokes!
Happy Friday 13th everyone!