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Friday 13th: The accidental superstition?



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Friday 13th: The accidental superstition?

Post by Kitkat on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 12:48

There are three Friday the Thirteenths this year, and if that worries us, we might have to blame a group who were the sworn enemies of all superstition.

Did this man invent a new superstition by accident?

William Fowler had "a big heart" - but was ruthless when he forced a protesting waiter under a ladder.

The Thirteen Club, a gathering of jolly gents determined to defy all superstitions, first met on 13 September 1881 (a Wednesday) though it was formally organised on Friday, 13 January 1882.

They met on the 13th of the month, sat 13 to a table, broke mirrors and spilled salt with exuberance and walked in to dinner under crossed ladders. The club's annual reports carefully noted how many of its members had died, and how many of these passed away within a year of attending a club dinner.

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