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November 13, 2020 | by: Heather Kerr

STRANGE THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ARE CONSIDERED BAD LUCK

STRANGE THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ARE CONSIDERED BAD LUCK

Yes, Friday the 13th can be daunting, but in some cultures, so are these…

⇒ Wishing someone ‘Happy Birthday’ before their birthday:  Many Germans believe doing so will cause misfortune to everyone involved. Instead, they sometimes gather the night before a birthday and begin celebrating exactly at midnight. But I like to celebrate my birthday WEEK!
⇒ Changing your bed on a Friday:  An old wives’ tales says if you turn your mattress that day, you’ll be cursed with bad dreams. Others say the bad-luck day is Sunday.
⇒ Carrying bananas on a ship:  In the 1700s, many ships that were lost or shipwrecked were carrying bananas, so sailors, who were a superstitious bunch, decided that bananas on a boat meant bad news. My father still believes this and he has fished for 48 years!
⇒ Renaming a boat:  This goes back to ancient times, when sailors believed that the name of every boat was written in the ledger of Poseidon. If you dared change the name of a boat, you’d incur the sea god’s wrath. Still, if you happen to buy a boat named “Titanic”, I’d change it…
⇒ Mixing beers:  In the Czech Republic, whose people drink more beer per capita than anywhere else, it’s believed that if you pour one type of beer into a mug containing another type, you’re in for some misfortune. Especially if the guy whose beer you just stole is bigger than you…!
⇒ Tuesday the 13th:  While many cultures see Friday the 13th as bad news, in Spain, the 13th day of the month is unlucky when it falls on a Tuesday. In Spanish, the word for Tuesday is “Martes,” which comes from “Mars”, the Roman god of war, so Tuesday spells trouble.