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October 6, 2022

Paranormal 13

Do you have Paraskavedekatriaphobia? Otherwise known as a fear of Friday the 13th. The origins of this superstition are unknown, but are often passed down generation to generation. There are no mentions of Friday the 13th before the 19th century, so it is relatively recent in nature.

Eerie humming noises emanate from The Golden Gate Bridge. The sound has been described as "haunting, yet beautiful." Officials say the sound is from strong winds hitting new railing slats that were installed on the bridge’s bike path. Seems apropos for such a haunted structure with its history.

Putting a hat on your bed is considered bad luck, akin to the old practice of putting a dead person’s hat on their coffin. By doing so, it is said that it brings death to the home. There’s also an old, strange idea that some old, strange people had who believed that evil spirits lived in hats.

Elevator doors opened and he saw a construction worker at the back of the cab. He got in and pushed a button for his floor and looked behind him and the man was gone! He was later told the ‘man’ was the ghost of a worker who had fallen down the elevator shaft and died during construction.

Thornton Jones woke up with his throat slit. He wrote, "I dreamt that I had done it. I awoke to find it true," and died an hour later. He apparently did it himself while unconscious. An inquest that was called came back with a verdict of "suicide while temporarily insane."

In 1831, a farmer named Boltus Roll was murdered by two men who believed there were valuables buried on his property. In 1895 the newly created Baltusrol Golf Club was named after him. It’s said his ghost has been seen walking the courses of the club searching for his killers.

It’s said breaking a mirror condemns you to 7 years bad luck, because mirrors don't just reflect image; they also reflect soul. 7 years is a long time to be unlucky, so do this to end the curse. Touch part of the broken mirror to a tombstone. This is said to break the curse.

Knocking on wood, the breaking of a mirror, walking under a ladder, fear of the number 13…all are considered superstitions. Silly? Archaic? Ever wonder why some airplanes still don’t have a row 13 or some buildings don’t have a 13th floor?