Upon avoiding walking under a ladder, he bumps into a black cat and smashes his head against a horseshoe
There are days when you had better stay in bed. Young Benjamin Vares, aged 29, must have thought that too after his run of unfortunate luck where upon avoiding walking under a ladder, he tripped over a black cat and his head violently hit a horseshoe as he fell heavy on the ground.
No matter how careful you are, sometimes fate may appear to be against you. It started as a good day for Benjamin though. Almost as soon as he went out, he'd spotted a four-leaf clover in his backyard and trodden on dog poo upon picking it. Carried away by such a stroke of luck, he'd then decided to pluck a daisy and take a chance on “loves me, loves me not”, coming up with “loves me madly”† although he had no real clue who his secret lover could be.
But everything changed as soon as he arrived at the office. Cast aside by his colleagues just because he “smelled a bit like shit”, he got late for a business lunch where he realised he was the thirteenth guest. Upon giving a toast with champagne, he quickly avoided a foolhardy colleague about to cross glasses, accidentally knocking the arm of another who was busy freshening up, causing her to drop her pocket mirror and smash it.
Horrified that he might experience seven years of bad luck, Benjamin decided to leave before dessert. That is when the incident occurred. Upon avoiding walking under a ladder, he bumped into a black cat and smashed his head against a horseshoe. He had to be rushed to hospital.
Fortunately, according to the latest information available to us, his luck appears to be changing again. Indeed, it looks like he may avoid the seven years bad luck threat due to prolonged coma.
Translated from French by Ey@el
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- Whereas you pull petals off daisies: “loves me, loves me not,” in France, where hairs are not split, but coupés en quatre (cut in quarters), plucking marguerites has seven choices: Il m'aime, un peu, beaucoup, à la folie, passionnément, tendrement, pas du tout (he loves me, a little, a lot, madly, passionately, tenderly, not at all).
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