Tomorrow is Friday the thirteenth. That Friday is considered an unlucky day for many people.
In fact the most unlucky day of the year. The notion that it should be an unlucky day has many threads in history.
The number 13 itself is deemed unlucky because it comes after twelve, considered a a nice round number by many civilizations.
Twelve appears as the number of months in the year and hours on a clock. So thirteen is seen as unlucky because of the imperfect nature of the number.
But according to some recent studies, Friday the thirteenth is not any more unlucky than any other Friday. It’s just that by the end of the week people are tired and worn out from working and things and so make more blunders.
In the study, the amount of car accidents on a Friday the thirteenth wasn’t much different than accidents on any other Friday.
Any day can be unlucky if you get are stressed out or tired.
Lately there have been some days that felt unlucky for many. In Rossland, the news that the federal government denied funding for the Columbia-Washington project was a stroke of bad luck. And in B.C., the deficit that the province will incur from repayment for the transision from HST could also be called unlucky.
But would they be more unlucky if those news pieces fell on the Friday the thirteenth? Doubtfully.
The day should be taken with a grain of salt, as with most days, it comes down to what the person makes of it. So when that black cat wants to cross your path, why not let it.