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    Debunking Friday the 13th Myths

    Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. A day when you should probably just stay inside your house and refrain from answering the door, taking any calls, or making any purchases. Okay, that sounds pretty silly, but a surprising number of people believe it. In fact, experts estimate that hundreds of millions of dollars are lost every Friday the 13th because of people who refuse to make financial transactions, work, or fly on the allegedly accursed day. Let’s look at a few of the most famous Friday the 13th myths and see if there are any dark truths behind them.

    Black Cats
    Black cats have received a bad rap for too long. It could stem back to the middle ages, when they were thought to be associated with witchcraft. Black cats were thought to be the ill-intentioned companions of neighborhood witches. The myth eventually grew to include speculation that black cats were actually witches who had shape-shifted into animal form. Sounds reasonable. This may or may not have been the first time dark-colored kitties were branded as harbingers of bum luck, but one thing is for sure: it’s totally not true. Like humans, the way a particular cat looks is just a genetic thing and is no indication of any inherent wickedness.

    Breaking a Mirror
    Everybody knows that breaking a mirror brings 7 years of bad luck. Except that it actually doesn’t. While breaking a mirror is often a fairly unsettling experience, given all the broken glass that has to be cleaned up. However, the chances that the act of breaking the mirror will set in motion a series of unlucky occurrences are pretty much zero. This is another bizarre superstition with unknown origins, but it may stem from a time in history when some believed mirrors to have supernatural qualities including the ability to capture a person’s soul. Don’t give all your mirrors away yet. So far there are no documented cases of this happening.

    Walking Under a Ladder
    You’ve probably heard that walking under a ladder is yet another seemingly innocuous thing that can bring bad luck. There appears to be a pattern here, because this is also entirely untrue. There’s nothing about walking under a ladder that will change the course of your life or alter your luck. Of course, you may be tempting the fates by choosing to walk underneath an area where someone is working. If you get hit by a falling tool while walking under a ladder, you have only your own questionable judgement to blame rather than some mystical ladder powers.

    When it comes to things like superstitions, we humans tend to be fairly suggestible and our minds are quick to find connections that aren’t there. If you start your day thinking that bad luck is afoot, you’ll probably be hypersensitive to everything and see normal things as evidence of unluckiness. A flat tire or missed bus that could have happened on any given day might be attributed to some bad Friday the 13th vibes. Superstitions are only as real as we imagine them to be. Leave the folklore behind and adopt a more positive outlook on Friday the 13th. Why not make it your lucky day at the Isle’s $30,000 Lucky Friday the 13th? Join us for a special Friday the 13th drawing on Friday, May 13. One winner will be drawn every 13 minutes for $1,300 in FanPlay®! Receive one virtual entry starting at 9 a.m. and earn additional entries for every 100 tier points earned. (You can also earn 10X Bonus entries for every 250 tier points earned on Tuesday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.!)

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