Fact or superstition


photo by Ellie Fitzpatrick

Carly Fitzpatrick walks under ladder, which is a common superstition. The superstistion of walking under a ladder came from the ancient Egyptians because they regarded the triangle as a sacred symbol of the gods and to walk through them disrespected the gods.

Friday the 13, throughout history, has been thought of as a day of bad luck. Many superstitions surround Friday the 13 such as walking under a ladder, opening umbrellas indoors, and crossing a black cat’s path. It is thought that the origin of the negative connotations that surround Friday the 13 has religious ties that date back to the time of the religious figure, Jesus Christ. It is believed that Jesus Christ was crucified on a Friday and the night before his death he ate a meal with 13 people in attendance, including the one who betrayed him.

Friday the 13 has become popularized through pop culture. Arguably, one of the best examples of superstition in pop culture history is Friday the 13 movies.

“They just don’t make sense to me. How is me walking under a ladder going to kill me the next day? It’s the same error, there just happens to be a ladder next to you,” Maria Steiling, a sophomore said.

It is believed that so many people believe in superstition because of mankind’s nature to try to control and explain things they don’t fully understand.

“Sometimes my grandma would do the thing where she throws salt over her shoulder and I’m supposed to do it with her. She sometimes would yell at me if I didn’t throw salt over my shoulder, but I don’t like believe it does anything,” Steiling said.

Superstition and science don’t add up together. Science is based upon reason and facts, while superstition is based on chance, but that distinct difference doesn’t stop all firm-believers in science from being a little bit superstitious at times.

“I like to think that I’m a man of reason and science and stuff, but when the stakes are high I will probably do some superstitious stuff just in case,” Jonah Brue, a sophomore said. “On the off chance that it has any sort of effect, at the very least it makes me feel better and I’ll do it.”

Young children can be easily persuaded which makes them very impressionable to fully believing in superstition.

“So, I was either eight or nine and there was a penny with the tails side face up, laying on the ground, and I remember slapping my sister because I thought that if she picked it up it was going to give her bad luck for the rest of the day,” Lainey Fitzpatrick, an eighth-grader said.