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Very superstitious writings on the wall 

13 January 2023

It's Friday 13th and if you think that’s spooky, try speaking to us before we’ve had coffee!

Superstitions are beliefs or practices that are not based on science or reason, but are instead rooted in tradition or fear. One of the most well-known superstitions is the idea that Friday 13th is an unlucky day. We’re a bit superstitious at Natterjack Marketing, you won't catch us making any big business decisions today!

The origins of this superstition are unclear, but some historians believe it may have originated from the Christian tradition of the Last Supper, where Judas, the traitor among Jesus' 12 apostles, was said to have betrayed Jesus on a Friday. Others suggest that it may have stemmed from Norse mythology, where the goddess of love and fertility, Freya, was said to have been betrayed by her husband on a Friday.

Whatever the origins, the belief that Friday 13th is an unlucky day has been around for centuries and is still widely held today. Many people will avoid making important decisions or going about their normal routine on this day, in an attempt to avoid bad luck. Is that you? Will you be avoiding making business decisions today? Or will you do it subconsciously?

13 is a funny number, some people will even go to great lengths to avoid the number 13 altogether, such as skipping the 13th floor in a building or not seating 13 people at a table.

Some of us in team NJ are superstitious when it comes to the three drains in the pavement and can’t walk over them, some of us won’t walk underneath ladders, whilst we’re all in agreement that we can’t pass people on a staircase. Do you throw spilled salt over your left shoulder, or is that just us? What’s your superstition?

Despite the prevalence of the Friday 13th superstition, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that Friday 13th is any more unlucky than any other day. In fact, studies have shown that there is no increase in accidents or incidents on Friday 13th compared to other days.

However, many people still feel a sense of unease or anxiety on this day, and some may even experience what is known as "paraskevidekatriaphobia," or fear of Friday 13th. This fear can be debilitating for some people and can affect their daily lives.

Whatever you choose to do today, be careful!

Lindsay Gray 
Founder + CEO
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