Unlucky Weekend?

What a difference a week can make. Last Friday, I was enjoying the pool during a family vacation in sunny Orlando, Florida. This Friday, not only is it the 13th, it’s also time to pay taxes! Talk about an unlucky weekend….

Although I’m generally not superstitious, I couldn’t help but wonder: “Is Friday the 13th really unlucky?” A little internet research led me to an article in the Huffington Post which highlights scientific studies that have been conducted to answer this very question. The article states that Dutch researchers looked at statistics from traffic accidents, fires, and thefts and found there were actually fewer incidents on Friday the 13th than regular Fridays.

Why? Perhaps people are more cautious on days like today; perhaps more people stay at home; or perhaps it’s just a day like all the others. To quote an anonymous source: “Its Friday the 13th. This simply means that most of my children will blame witchcraft for their regular stupidity.”

Whether you believe in “counting on luck” or “making your own luck”, I hope enjoy these quotes:

Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit. ~R.E. Shay

Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny. ~Don Sutton

I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike? ~Jean Cocteau

I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. ~Thomas Jefferson

Hope you have a “lucky” weekend.