Friday, April 13, 2007
Are You Superstitious?
Happy Friday the 13th! With a date like today's, it made me wonder how many of you out there are superstitious?
When I was very young, I decided that the number 13 would be my favorite or "lucky" number. I adopted it as my number, specifically because I thought it was silly that people were afraid or superstitious of it. I don't think any numbers are "magical" and definitely don't believe in numerology. It's just the number I use when I need one that's easy to remember - like for my email address.
Did you know, fear of the number 13 is termed triskaidekaphobia? Due to this fear, some tall buildings, especially hotels, have resorted to skipping the thirteen floor, either by numbering it "14" or by designating the floor as "12a" or something similar. Similarly, some streets do not contain a house number 13. Isn't that silly? The late comedian Mitch Hedberg had a joke about this: "Some hotels don't have a thirteenth floor for superstitious reasons...but you guys on the fourteenth floor...we all know what floor you're really on... try it, jump out the window, you will die sooner..."
I don't really have or believe in any other superstitions either, like walking under a ladder, broken mirrors, black cats, etc. The most I've ever caught myself doing is wishing on a falling star, or tossing a pinch of spilled salt over my shoulder. Isn't it funny, how we do those things almost without thinking - without realizing how silly and pointless they are? Is it a cultural thing? What do you think? Drop me a comment and let me know what your favorite number is or if you have any superstitions you can't seem to shake.
I, personally, take comfort in knowing that God is in control, and we don't need to perform goofy little rituals to ensure good fortune or to make things right in our world.