The unluckiest day in history has arrived. It’s the first Friday the 13th of 2015 and if you believe in superstitions, you’d better be on the look out today while on campus to avoid any stray black cats, cracks in the sidewalk or pesky ladders. Not a believer? Well, according to a study by the North Carolina Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, an estimated 17 to 21 million people are affected by friggatriskaidekaphobia, an intense fear of Friday the 13th. So it’s a pretty big deal.
In lieu of this feared day, we have compiled a list of places to avoid on campus to ensure your survival. Good luck!
1. The sixth step of Janss Steps
We have all heard the myth during our freshmen orientation that one of the Janss brothers is buried beneath the sixth step leading up to Royce Hall, but maybe today isn’t the day to test your luck. Better to be safe than sorry, so skip the step.
2. The Inverted Fountain
It’s basically already a written rule that touching the water of the inverted fountain before graduation dooms you to an extra year of school. Combine that with Friday the 13th, and I don’t even want to think about the consequences.
3. Any construction zones
UCLA. Under construction like always. If you see any warning signs of “sidewalk closed” or “caution: slippery,” you’d best find another way to get to where you need to go.
4. The computer labs
In a hurry to print your paper before class starts? Friendly tip: Go early. Knowing this mischievous day, printers are going to break down, toner is going to disappear and you are going to be stuck waiting for someone to finish printing every slide of every lecture for the quarter.
5. Kerckhoff Coffeehouse
It’s the classic movie scene when you’re dressed up all nice, grabbing coffee before a big job interview, and all of a sudden the girl next to you trips over thin air and spills her entire coffee on you. Every boiling drop.
6. The treadmill
Trying to look cute and smiling at your crush while running at faster-than-walking speed is basically just asking for Friday the 13th to mess you up.
There you have it! Just a few places you probably should be careful around on this unlucky day. We will have two more Friday the 13th’s in 2015, again in March and November, so if you survived this one, good luck making it through the next two!