If you're looking for bad luck, you'll find it
When you’re staying on the 14th floor of a hotel, regardless of what the number says, you still know you’re on the 13th floor.
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Warriors goalie Justin Paulic is more concerned about getting a win in Swift Current than he is with Friday the 13th.
Friday the 13th is the same way: even if you don’t believe the day is unlucky, you’re still aware of it.
“I was born on the 13th,” said Moose Jaw resident Lorne Caines, “so it’s probably best if I don’t have any superstitions because you want a good journey. If you start off with something that’s negative, it might be a difficult journey.”
Carolyn Dormer’s father was born on a Friday the 13th. “It’s a lucky day in our family,” she said.
There is at least one occurrence of a Friday falling on the 13th every year. In the Gregorian calendar, there can be as many as three, like in 2012.
This year there will be two of them, exactly 13 weeks apart.
Despite the frequency, there are still people who worry about Friday the 13th. If that worry becomes closer to a morbid, irrational fear of the day, it’s called paraskevidekatriaphobia.
“There’s no evidence at all that supports that on Friday the 13th — or any other dates like that — that more bad things happen on those days,” Dr. Nick Carleton, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Regina, told the Times-Herald last year.
Those who fear Friday the 13th — the day, not the movie series — are victims of their own expectations. Carleton called this “a cognitive bias.”
Like Caines’ sentiment about negative thoughts spurring a negative journey, Carleton said someone would be aware of all the bad things taking place on Friday the 13th but would be less inclined to note the positives.
The vast majority of people do not believe Friday the 13th is unlucky. Many don’t even know why it’s perceived this way.
“Thirteen is a bad number, I hear,” said Taylor Wolfe.
In ancient Chinese and Egyptian civilizations, the number 13 was considered lucky.
Friday, too, was considered lucky, prior to Christianity. It is alleged that Adam and Eve were kicked out of paradise on a Friday. Jesus was allegedly crucified on a Friday.
Moose Jaw resident Ray Bell said he doesn’t worry about superstitions like Friday the 13th because he is a Christian.
Eventually, both 13 and Friday were considered unlucky. There is no monumental historical event that brought the two together. Friday the 13th isn’t mentioned in texts until the 1900s.
Regardless of its blurry origins, the day is still avoided. Few couples would get married on a Friday the 13th.
But life goes. “Make it the best that it can be. Don’t even think about it,” Wolfe said.
Athletes are renowned for being superstitious, especially before a game.
The Moose Jaw Warriors are in Swift Current Friday night playing the Broncos. At least three of the team’s players aren’t thinking about the bad luck associated with Friday the 13th.
“It’s just any other game. I really haven’t had anything bad happen to me in the past years on Friday the 13th so I just come into it as any other day,” said defenseman Tyler Brown.
Brown and left-winger Todd Fiddler haven’t played a hockey game on Friday the 13th before. Goalie Justin Paulic has — back in the Bantam division — and he doesn’t buy into the hype.
“I remember because we drove down on that Friday and everybody was kind of making a big deal about it,” Paulic said. “I’m pretty sure we won.”
Paulic hadn’t thought about the game in Swift Current being on Friday the 13th until the Times-Herald asked.
“It’s not a big deal. Go and have fun. It’s my first game so hopefully it doesn’t have a big effect on it,” Paulic said.
Despite not believing in the supposedly unlucky Friday the 13th, Paulic said he’s going to continue eating a smoked ham and cheese panini with a blueberry muffin and hot chocolate from Tim Horton’s before home games.