Does Friday the 13th bring to mind images of black cats, the grim reaper or hockey masks? Even if you’re not generally superstitious, you still might find yourself crossing your fingers, knocking on wood, and finding an excuse to stay home tonight!
In many cultures, Friday is a historically unlucky day; the number 13 itself is also thought to be unlucky throughout many regions of the world. Superstitious diners in Paris have been known to hire a “quatorzieme,” or professional 14th guest to avoid bad fortune brought by the number 13. In Brazil, Friday the 13th in August is considered unlucky, more so than any other Friday the 13th because agosto (August) rhymes with desgosto (sorrow).
Combine the notoriously unlucky Friday with the number 13, and some pretty powerful fears are evoked. In fact, paraskevidekatriaphobics—people with a fear of Friday the 13th—might refuse to travel or go to work. And in 2012, we’re (un)lucky enough to have three Friday the 13ths—in January, April and July!
It’s certainly not the day to tempt fate. And while we’re not necessarily superstitious, we think it’s always a good idea to take extra precautions, especially when it comes to keeping your home safe. Stack the cards (perhaps not those of the Tarot variety!) in your favor with Logitech Alert digital video security systems.
The weatherproof Logitech Alert 750e Outdoor Master System and Logitech Alert 750i Indoor Master System are both easy to connect to your network—using existing outlets and wiring—and are easily expandable. By automatically recording high-quality video (960 x 720 @15fps) when motion is detected, you can rest assured any intruders on your property—black cats included—are going to get noticed. You can watch live video over the Web or on your smartphone, and even receive motion-triggered alerts by e-mail and mobile phone.
Dependable no matter where it’s used, your Logitech Alert system will give you peace of mind every day of the year so you can take bad luck out of the equation. Stay tuned throughout the year. There are two more Friday the 13ths, which means you’ll be getting more from us on these superstitious days!
We’re curious—tell us about your best and worst Friday the 13th!