An Incomplete, Just-Off-the-Top-of-My-Head List of Things That Are Unlucky at Sea

Girls

Preachers

Broken knives

White-handled knives

White cats

Albatrosses, if you killed them

Fridays, if you leave port on one

Wednesdays, for reasons I can’t remember

Anyone who’s left-handed

Whistling

Talking about things like wind and weather out loud

Opening a chronometer

St. Elmo’s lights, if they’re moving down the masts (unless you’re a Chinese sailor, in which case the reverse is true)

Painting your hull certain colors

Anything suspicious not already known to be lucky

 

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