October 27th Black Cat Day

Talk about being born bad. Most of the world considers the black cat as an omen of bad luck and with Halloween coming on, if you are a black cat you’d better be careful! Not all places believe black cats are unlucky, Great Britain, Egypt and Japan consider the black cat a sign of good luck. I wonder if cats even know what color they are? And if so, do they even care? A cat is a cat no matter what color they are. Any luck they bring, good or bad, is not because of the cat. Don’t abuse animals. They don’t care what color you are so why should you be worried about what color they are.

How to celebrate – Adopt a black cat. (They are the least likely to get adopted). Defy superstitions today! Have a Happy Halloween.

September 13th Friday the 13th

Well, if you are superstitious today is a great day to stay in bed. Unless, of course, something bad happens while you are lying in bed. There are all sorts of warnings on Friday the thirteenth, but it actually has more to do with the number thirteen than a Friday. Ah, and this isn’t even Friday!

If you happen to be in a Jason movie then I suppose it is a bad Friday the 13th. However that said, any day you meet up with a character like Jason it’s likely to be a bad day. Besides Jason, you might want to avoid a building with a 13th floor, which most do not have even if they are taller than 13 floors. Ships will not sail if they have 13 crew members, including the Captain. It’s not a good idea to walk under a ladder today either. Naturally, it’s never a good idea to walk under a ladder anyway.

If, however, you come from the Mayan culture 13 is considered a lucky number. It was honored in their society so a Friday the 13th was the best day ever! But, I am not sure they knew what a Friday was… they probably had a different name for it.

In reality, Friday the 13th is just another day. We normally make our own bad luck if we suffer a bad luck day. The problem is that if you are looking for trouble, you will find it when you normally might walk right by it without even noticing it.

How to celebrate – If you are so inclined, stay in bed today. Have a nice day. Make up your own superstition.

June 1st Flip A Coin Day

June 1st – Flip A Coin Day

Can’t decide what to do today? Flip a Coin to help you choose. This action of helping one choose the right course to take seems to date back to Julius Caesar’s day when he couldn’t decide what course to take. In his day the correct answer was always ‘heads’ which even seems to remain the most popular pick today. I wouldn’t count on life changing events to the flip of a coin but if you are trying to decide what movie to go to or which ice cream flavor to pick it might be okay. Just make sure you don’t really care which answer comes up, because you got a 50/50 chance either way.

How to celebrate – Flip a coin to figure out your next choice. (So long as it’s not really important.) Find a two headed coin and always call heads. See if you can discover what Julius Caesar was flipping a coin over.

May 13th Leprechaun Day

No, it’s not Saint Patrick’s Day, it is Irish, but it’s that legendary guardian of that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the Leprechaun’s day. Now there is no proof that Leprechaun’s ever really existed, though their are many, many people who have claimed to see them. (Normally after drink) The Leprechaun represents the prankster in all of us, the hope that we can find our reward somewhere and the luck of the Irish. The leprechaun is in the same category as the unicorn, the boogie man and big foot. We sort of hope they are real but down deep, we know they aren’t. Doesn’t mean that we can’t still pretend like they are real and they probably do come from some story containing truth, just like Santa.

How to celebrate – Look for your pot of gold. Visit Ireland. Wear green.

October 13th International Skeptics Day

Everyone is a skeptic, or at least the sane ones are. Often it drives us insane to try and be sane. Do you believe in UFO’s? Well a skeptic would generally say no, but if you have seen one you probably are not skeptic anymore. Do you believe Friday the 13th is an unlucky day? Well, International Skeptic Day is always the first Friday the 13th in the year. So if you are skeptical about it being unlucky, this is really your day!

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A skeptic normally has to have something proven to them before they become a believer. In most cases, I think this is pretty good, to believe in something just because some one tells you you should believe in it means you will probably believe in anything, which I think is not so good.

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Let’s all remember when people thought the world was flat. There were a few skeptics but most went along with that. Well in that case the skeptics were right cause it’s round. (Actually oval shaped but who’s counting?) Or those who said man would never fly? Well, maybe not man himself but the machines that man makes certainly do.

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Or did a dog ever actually eat your homework? May have but most teachers aren’t going to believe that because 9 out of 10 times it’s proven to be a lie. Chicken Little believed the sky was falling, it wasn’t… or is it? Stuff from the sky certainly does fall. So I guess in the end, it’s what you believe and what you don’t believe until it’s proven either way.

How to celebrate – List everything you are skeptical about and then see if you can prove them either way. Sometimes you have to believe the unbelievable. Move to Iowa.

May 23rd National Lucky Penny Day

They say any day you find money laying on the ground is a lucky day. I suppose it is, however, to be truly lucky you need to find a penny, face up and by tradition, you must not ever spend it.

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Of course it is probably a myth like all the other things that are supposed to bring you luck, like a rabbit’s foot or a four leaf clover. It wasn’t particularly lucky for the rabbit and the clover won’t last to long once you’ve picked it.

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But penny won’t buy you too much either so you might as well save it. If you find the right penny it could be worth a small fortune too. Pennies that are double stamped or have something unusual about them can be worth a lot of money. That would make you very, very lucky.

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But then, those coins are usually only worth a lot if they have never been touched. (circulated) Naturally if you found it on the ground, dropped by someone else it has been touched twice. Once by them and once by you, at least. So that makes you unlucky since it’s not worth as much as it could have been.

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Or maybe it will be a Canadian penny on tails and even bring you bad luck. (I have no idea whether that is true or not.) So my suggestion is just put the penny in your pocket and consider yourself a little richer than you were before you found it.

How to celebrate – Walk around with your head down to see if you can find a lucky penny. Take care not to walk into something though, that wouldn’t be too lucky. Just rely on yourself for all the luck you need and don’t worry about finding a penny.

May 23rd Lucky Penny Day

There is no doubt that the penny is not worth what it use to be. In fact, many countries have parted ways with the penny altogether. Still, here in the US, if you find one on heads it means good luck will follow you. Remember you cannot spend it though, even if you could find something to spend it on. Should you find one on tails, leave it be because it means bad luck.  You could turn in over for the next person to find, but you are probably better off not touching it at all.

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“See a penny, pick it up … all day long you’ll have good luck.”

Pennies have been with us in America since 1793. The originals were made of copper and were worth something!  They were often called a pence. If something cost 5 pence, it was five pennies, or a nickel.

Not only are pennies good luck symbols they also indicate ghosts!  As legend tells it, if a ghost wants you to know they are there they will leave pennies behind for you to find (remember the epic scene from the 1990 movie classic Ghost). If they want you to follow them, they will leave a trail of pennies for you to follow.

There’s another reason to look down for that penny, it could be worth a small fortune.

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Most pennies were made in such volume that they are worth very little. Even the old Indian Head pennies are not worth all that much since millions of them were made. Some uncirculated coins are worth more than others. These coins have not been touched by human hands.  There is little chance you will find one of those laying out in the open on the ground, and if you just picked it up anyway, you’d ruin its value. There is one Indian Head penny worth more than $10,000.00, made in the year 1873.

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“Wheat Back”, Lincoln Head pennies are still found in loose change from time to time. Most are worth a penny but there are a few exceptions. A 1922 plain Lincoln Head, “Wheat Back”, is worth about $650.00, but a 1909S-VDB is worth $750.00 or more. In 1943 due to World War 2, pennies were made of steel to save the copper for use in bullets. A steel penny is worth a little, but in 1944 a few steel pennies were circulated by mistake as the coins were once again made of copper. So a 1944 steel penny can be worth up to $75,000.00. Going back to 1943, a few pennies were made of bronze. These pennies are very rare and look basically like a copper penny but they are lighter in weight and are a little darker in color. The 1943 bronze penny is worth more than $100,000.00.

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The 1943 copper penny is worth more than any other American coin. They were not to be released but some were, perhaps less than 50.  Find one of these and you will really have a lucky day with beginning auction prices starting at $200,000.00.

There are other coins to watch for as well. Coins that were run by mistake or had errors that no one caught before they were released to the public. Coins that were double struck, or minted with the wrong materials, or with the wrong size. Wrong Planchet pennies vary in value. Some pennies have actually be minted in silver as are obviously worth more than a plain copper penny.

How to celebrate: Keep your eyes down, looking at whatever is just waiting for you to pick up – at the very least, you’ll be a penny richer. Buy a book about coins; the book will probably cost you more than any value you ever find on the ground but it makes it more fun. Try leaving a trail of pennies on your own and see if anyone follows them. Look through your old pennies tucked away in that dresser drawer and see if you might be lucky!