IT really seems strange that in a hi-tech world where so much relies on logic and commonsense many of us are still very superstitious.
Even if it’s only the casual “touch wood” variety when we want to ensure something happens, we all have our own ideas. A survey last year showed that millions of us are still terrified of Friday the 13th, refuse to walk under ladders and avoid crossing the path of a black cat.
Half those asked described themselves as “superstitious” with one in five dreading the unluckiest date in the calendar (the next freaky Friday is in April).
It may get worse with age as just over half of those aged 55 and over admitted to being superstitious compared to two thirds of Brits aged 18 to 14. Both figures seem amazing in 2018 but I suppose there’s still a large number of people who wear their “lucky” shirt or top for a job interview and “lucky” pants seem to abound in people’s social lives for whatever reason.
Superstition is rife in sport, too. Many professional footballers want their kit laid out in a certain way, will only wear “lucky” items and may touch a club logo or similar as they go onto the pitch.
Other top superstitions include blessing someone when they’ve sneezed, breaking the wishbone and making a wish, throwing salt over your shoulder after you’ve spilled it, avoiding opening an umbrella inside and saluting a magpie.
The first time I heard a work colleague saluting a magpie and uttering a little chant that began “Good morning Mr Magpie” I thought she’d totally lost it.
Avoiding the No.13 is common as you can often witness when street numbers go from 11 to 11A or 15 and carrying a special shamrock means good luck – fingers crossed.