Superstition Today is Friday the 13th, a day that according to the folklore and superstition of some people, is said to be filled with ill luck and misfortune. This has set me to thinking... the human mind is a powerful thing, I do not put it past our mind to be able to formulate it's own 'luck' out of the way we expect things to happen. Some people believe things to have such a bad influence on the way of the world, that when they are forced to interact with said thing, their mind causes them to make mistakes, have accidents, and so on, which propegates the behaviour of being superstitious, a cycle that feeds off of itself. While I do not believe in 'bad luck' (Unless I am gambling, but that is a different story), taking a step back from the way I do things, pointed out that in a way, I guess I do have some superstitions of my own, most of them passed on from my family members. 1) Walking under an open ladder is bad luck - This, I attribute more to common sense than to it being a superstition. Walking under a ladder could end up with it falling, injuring you or the person standing on it. 2) Tossing Salt over the shoulder after Spilling it - This makes no sense, at least none that I could rationalize. My Mother did it, her grandmother did it, who learned it from her grandfather. Beyond that, I am not sure where my family picked up the habit - Though a quick search on google gives some illumination into it's origin, it is still an odd behaviour to carry into a modern time. 3) Knocking on Wood - It is a habit that my grandmother passed down through the family. She would knock on wood whenever someone said something bad concerning a person she cared about, mentioned death, or brought up a topic concerning the afterlife. From what I have read, this habit dates back to knocking on wood to chase away gremlins that brought misfortune... I do not believe in gremlins (I wanted a mogwai something fierce as a child, however), yet I still find myself knocking on wood once in a while. ...this leads me to believe, that without delving into a topic concerning the supernatural, spiritual, and otherworldly realms, that these superstitions tend to be more of a learned behaviour in people, than any actual belief in bad luck. I would be interested in hearing about other Superstitions you and/or your family/friends practice.