Walking under a ladder, Friday the 13th, seeing a black cat cross your path and not picking up a coin unless it's heads up are just some of the many superstitions that haunt millions of people
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across the world. It's said that if you believe in a superstition it will always haunt you, so what happens if you test it and stop believing it? September 13 is National Defy Superstition Day, so if you're one of the many who have superstitions you can't seem to shake, this is the day you can let go of some or all of them by doing the exact opposite of what you're told you should do regarding them. Volunteer around black cats
Superstition states that a black cat crossing ones path is a sign of bad luck despite the many people who have good luck and own them or work around them. Defy superstition by volunteering at an animal shelter on September 13. Many shelters usually have at least a few black cats that are ready for adoption, which means there's a good chance at least one will cross your path at some point while you're volunteering.
Go out the same door you came in
It's said that it's bad luck to go out the same door you came in, so if you're someone who believes this superstition, think of all the people who go in and out of the same door every day. On September 13, rather than go in one door and go out another, use the same one in order to defy superstition.
Pass someone on the stairs
Some believe it's bad luck to pass another person on a staircase. People all across the world pass each other on a daily basis whether it's at home, work, while traveling, or even at church. Instead of ducking into a door or stopping and letting the person go past you, just keep walking right past them.
Change your sheets on a Friday
Many think changing the bed sheets on a Friday is going to result in having bad dreams. Although September 13 is on a Tuesday in 2011, defy superstition by changing them on the 9th and 16th, both of which are Fridays. Note whether or not you have bad dreams both nights.
If you believe in a few different superstitions, then check out the site superstitions.biz to read more about their origins. I wouldn't recommend reading the site if you already have a slew of superstitions you believe in considering you may end up just adding more to your list.