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Test your luck

Friday, 13th May, 2011

FEELING LUCKY?: RSPCA vet Jana Leshinski doesn’t believe this adorable pair of black cats will bring her any bad luck today. The kittens are available for adoption. FEELING LUCKY?: RSPCA vet Jana Leshinski doesn’t believe this adorable pair of black cats will bring her any bad luck today. The kittens are available for adoption.

By Kurtis Eichler

The RSPCA says buying a black cat today will not bring its owner any bad luck on what is typically regarded as the day of misfortune.

It is the only Friday the 13th of the year, which is lucky for people overcome by a fear of the date (known as Paraskavedekatriaphobia).

The popular belief is if a black cat walks towards you it brings good luck, if it walks away it takes that good luck away, and if it crosses your path bad luck will follow.

But that's all superstition, says the RSPCA

"They are certainly not bad luck," local RSPCA shelter manager Merridy Wall told the BDT.

It has two seven-week-old black kittens, named Harley and Rose, from a litter of four strays now under care.

"They're very smoochy," Ms Wall said."They're used to being handled."

Meanwhile, for people who associate the day with horror and ghouls, the Silver City Cinema will be screening the fourth instalment of the hit horror series 'Scream'.

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