Bobby’s Bama: A look at superstitions on Friday the 13th

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Friday the 13th, depending upon your beliefs, can be unlucky or not.

"Friday the 13th, as far as the United States is concerned, is the most common and popular of all the superstitions," said history professor, Dr. Ronald H. Fritze, PhD.

He said it grew with time, based on Christian beliefs starting with the Last Supper along with Adam and Eve's forbidden fruit.  There are all types of comparisons with witch's covens, Knights Templar, and much more.

This fateful day on the calendar became more popular in the 20th century.  People refused to travel, shop, eat out, or get married on Friday the 13th.

"It basically is an amalgamation of beliefs that Friday is an unlucky day and that 13 is an unlucky number," Dr. Fritze said.

It usually happens one to three times a year.  And there are a lot of other superstitions that people take for granted.

Katie McSherry is a waitress in Athens and has a "thing" about spilled salt and more.

"Yes, ma'am. A black cat crosses the road three x's. You lick your finger and three x's on your windshield. I've always heard that white lighters are very bad luck. Don't use white lighters for  anything - candles – nothing," she said.

"Don't take the Christmas tree down before New Years," said Krystal Thomas.

"Sweeping the floor with a broom, if you brush across your feet, you're supposed to take it up and spit on it," said Tim Smith.

Ironically, statistics show while there is less traffic on the roads, hospital E.R. visits go up.

Superstition played a role in this week's Bobby's Bama.

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