Does the fruit fly hold the key to a good night's sleep?
April 13, 2012
I don’t have to tell you what day it is.
At least to some of you.
Maybe the 49 percent that said in a recent poll they wouldn't walk under a ladder.
While a separate poll concluded 86 percent regularly practice superstitious behavior like crossing fingers or carrying a lucky charm.
Yes, Friday the 13th.
This is compounded today since a specific fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia that could, in itself, prompt a fear of syllables.
Some cities skip 13th Ave., but not Sacramento, with an intersection where 13th Street crosses 13th Avenue.
You won't catch me there.
However, one must ask, why do seemingly "normal" people act like this.
Since, in giving in to superstitions, we are reinforcing a belief that the dictionary says results from ignorance.
If you think you're immune it might behoove you to remember that every time you say, "Bless you" you are following a belief that began during the plagues.
According to legend, Saint Gregory ordered people to say "God bless you" when somebody sneezed to prevent the spread of the disease.
And since we haven’t had any plagues in the world for a while, it seems to be working.
Experts can't agree why the rabbit's foot means good luck, (although not for the rabbit).
Recent research indicates beliefs like wearing "lucky" socks, counting magpies, carrying an acorn, all reflect a need for control, according to professor Adam Galinksy. "Even if it's imaginary control," chimes in co-researcher Jennifer Whitson of the University of Texas at Austin.
Prevailing thought indicates superstitions originated long ago to make some sense of the inexplicable forces of nature around us.
Seems it's still inexplicable. However, I'm hoping not to you. I just knocked on wood so I know we're going to have a fruitful discussion.
Happy 13th everyone.