Friday the 13th. A day that is purported to be positively loaded to the brim with unluckiness, to the point where even famous types like Henry Ford and Franklin Delano Roosevelt refused to do anything on this reportedly inauspicious date.
Now, I'm sure many of you are those serious-minded types who don't get all sorts of concerned about superstition or the like, but when you consider that this particular Friday the 13th is the third to happen this year, and we all know what happens in threes...well, let's just say no one would begrudge you for wanting to shine up your lucky pennies or bust out your lucky rabbit's foot.
Well, PETA might on the last one, but I won't. I promise.
Anywho, in trying times such as these, people start pulling out all the stops in order to ensure that they will not fall prey to any bad luck today, which is where the most sacred of items comes into play: the lucky hat.
Unlike other tokens of good luck that may be hard to come by (EX: a four-leaf clover,) a lucky hat is something you likely already own.
Maybe your luck comes from feathers and flowers.
Perhaps you find luck in velvet and veils.
It might be closely related to your baseball team of choice.
Or possibly just from a jauntily-placed peacock feather. That's the beauty of a lucky hat; it can be whatever you want it to be, as long as it makes you feel lucky.
As for myself, I'm no paraskavedekatriaphobe. Seeing as my birthday is on a 13th of a certain month, every so often I find myself celebrating the anniversary of my birth on a Friday, and historically-speaking, those tend to be the best birthdays ever.
Unfortunately for me, I won't be having another one of those until my 33rd birthday, but I think it'll be worth the wait. Why? Because it'll happen in 2013.
Oh, yeah. It's gonna be AWESOME.