[38]  Seamen are very superstitious, to this day. (Actually, aren’t we all?)

 

      This “Sunday sail, never fail” superstition arises from Christ’s resurrection on a Sunday. The worst day to go out sailing was believed to be Friday.

 

      Even though there’s a hair-splitting theological debate on whether Christ was crucified on a Thursday or on a Friday, most sea-farers declined to debate it any further and decided to stick with the Friday choice.

 

      The reason – I think –  was that it gave them an extra free weekend on shore before embarking on a seven-day work week, for months and years on end.

Illustration for "Ars Magna" a 16th century book on Algebra, when superstition was still a science.
Artist: Athanasius Kircher 

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