Happy Friday the 13th everyone! To celebrate, at the top of this post is a totally adorable picture of my friend Sara’s “unlucky” black cat Link. I realize that being happy about Friday the 13th is just as silly and un-skeptical as being superstitious about Friday the 13th… or black cats, for that matter. However, while recognizing the silliness I find myself adopting all Friday the 13ths as days of skeptical celebration. I always smile happily when I realize it is Friday the 13th.
Friday the 13th also happens to be the pseudoanniversary of my engagement. My fiance and I became engaged on Friday, March 13th, 2009. We didn’t pick this Friday the 13th date on purpose. Rather, we only realized we had become engaged on Friday the 13th when some of our friends and relatives pointed it out to us later. As skeptics, we were delighted that we accidentally became engaged on Friday the 13th. What a wonderful, skeptical coincidence! In any case, the “inauspicious” date of our engagement has not affected our relationship. We’ve had a long engagement, but we’re still happily together with the wedding planned for October.
So, go out today and celebrate skepticism! And maybe propose to your skeptical girlfriend or boyfriend, if that’s something you might be interested in doing.