Today’s Top 10: Superstitions – Delaware County Daily Times

By Mary Ann Fiebert, Community Journalist

The Top 10 Superstitions:

1. Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13, specifically Friday the 13. Also, 13 guests coming to dinner is thought to be a bad omen. Otis elevators estimates that 85% of elevators have no floor named 13.

2. Black Cat crossing your path from right to left is a bad omen. But from left to right, the cat is granting favorable times for you.

3. Breaking a Mirror is supposed to bring 7 years bad luck. To counter act this curse it is believed you can throw salt over your shoulder or immediately turn around three times counter clockwise. I’d throw the salt only because I have heard bad luck comes in 3’s.

4. Crossing your fingers is more a hoping something happens in a good way. “Let’s cross our fingers and hope for the best”. “Don’t cross your fingers”, means don’t have too high an expectation because it might not happen.

5. Knock on Wood to keep bad luck away. I’ve done it after I have made a statement about something that happened that was just too good to be true.

6. Walking Under a Ladder. An open ladder or a ladder leaning against a building is a triangle and considered a symbol of life. A ladder leaning against a wall creates a triangle. So walking through any triangular shape is considered tempting your fate. The triangle may also symbolize the Holy Trinity. You should also be aware of things falling from above.

7. Spilling of salt being bad luck has been around a long time throwing salt over your left shoulder should act as a shield from the bar luck. Originally salt was felt to be an expensive commodity and it was frown upon to waste it.

8. Four Leaf Clover are a rare breed of the common three-leaf cloverAccording to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally. According to legend, each leaf represents something: the first is for hope, the second is for faith, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.

9. Burning a candle inside a jack-o-lantern on Halloween keeps the evil spirits away.

10. Spiders. If you happen to see a spider on Halloween then the spirit of a loved one is watching out for you.

Sports fans and players are known to harbor superstitions. Our baseball season In Philadelphia was very exciting and provided an opportunity for people to come together and cheer them on. It simply was not our time and luckily we still have teams in town to root for.

Go Eagles, Go Sixers, Go Flyers and Thank You Philadelphia Phillies.

Mary Ann Fiebert is married and has two kids. She is not a perfect person but is female so it’s as close as you can get. lol. Look for her Top 10 List every day on

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