It’s that most-unluckiest day of all – Friday the 13th. So, us strange kids here at the clubhouse decided to cook up a list of superstitions that might keep you (and your eternal soul) safe over the weekend.
Sure, everyone knows you’re not supposed to walk under a ladder, let a black cat cross your path, or skinny-dip with a co-ed at Camp Crystal Lake on Friday the 13th; but did you know the very food you eat could send you on a trip straight to Satan? Or that having a hairy mole is considered good luck? Well friends, lock your doors and strap on your tin-foil hats! It’s time to run down the Top 5 Superstitions You Probably Never Even Heard of Before!
5) Milk + Watermelon = Damnation
According to several old wives, do not drink milk immediately after eating watermelon or you will die immediately and your soul will be condemned to hell.
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact origins and history of this superstition, however a quick google search reveals that several people have been told of this story by their over-protective/over-religious relatives. Google also reveals a tasty-sounding recipe for a watermelon milkshake… just in case you feel like tempting fate!
4) Death by Ceiling Fan
Don’t sleep with a fan running while your bedroom door is closed, or you risk dying from “fan death.” At least, that’s what South Korea advised folks in 2006.
The Korea Consumer Protection Board (KCPB), a South Korean government-funded public agency, issued a consumer safety alert in 2006 warning that “asphyxiation from electric fans and air conditioners” was among South Korea’s five most common seasonal summer accidents or injuries, according to data they collected. The KCPB published the following:
If bodies are exposed to electric fans or air conditioners for too long, it causes [the] bodies to lose water and [causes] hypothermia. If directly in contact with [air current from] a fan, this could lead to death from [an] increase of carbon dioxide saturation concentration [sic] and decrease of oxygen concentration. The risks are higher for the elderly and patients with respiratory problems. From 2003 [to] 2005, a total of 20 cases were reported through the CISS involving asphyxiations caused by leaving electric fans and air conditioners on while sleeping. To prevent asphyxiation, timers should be set, wind direction should be rotated and doors should be left open.
This is not a joke! However, despite all this hullabaloo, South Korea has never explained why this phenomenon has never been reported or heard of in any other country. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time…
3) Beware of Pele… She’s Hot!
If you ever take a trip to Hawaii be sure not to take any black sand, lava or coral from the islands or you could invoke the wrath of Pele and suffer bad luck. Pele is considered the goddess of fire in ancient Hawaiian religion, and doesn’t take too kindly to foreigners messing around in her native land.
In the summer of 1823 English missionary William Ellis toured the island to determine locations for various missions. After a while Ellis got a mad case of the munchies and chowed down on some wild berries he found growing on the side of a volcano. You can probably guess the rest of this story — the berries were considered sacred to Pele, and before long the volcano blew up into an active lava lake!
So why does Pele rank so high on our countdown? What can I say… I’m a sucker for “hot” exotic goddesses.
2) Love your hairy mole
You know that brownish, lumpy mole with a few stray hairs that you have on your back? Treasure it! A hairy mole is considered good luck, and an ill fate will meet anyone who attempts to pluck hairs from it.
This superstition comes from the Chinese, who have long believed that an elderly person with a long hair growing out of a mole was a sign of wisdom. So for all you strange kids out there who want to impress members of the opposite sex, you might want to think twice before plucking that wispy little hair growing out of your face!
1) Forget Friday the 13th, watch out for Tuesday the 13th!
If you thought worrying about Friday the 13th was bad enough, some people argue that Tuesday the 13th is the real cursed day.
Specifically, in Greece and many Spanish-speaking countries Tuesday the 13th is a day to lock your doors and keep your fingers crossed. Tuesday is considered to be dominated by the influence of Ares/Mars, the god of war, and the Greek name for the day “Triti” literally means “third.” This apparently gives weight to the superstitious day since bad luck is said to come in threes.
So I guess if Jason ever decides to stalk some campers in Spain or Greece, he might need to update his calendar. The next “Tuesday the 13th” is in March!