You should always avoid walking under a ladder, no matter the circumstances. It might seem quicker to stroll underneath instead of making a short diversion across the street, particularly if you’re late for work that morning, but tradition says that you’re setting yourself up for some very bad luck. Mostly, when you get sued by the man you just sent plummeting towards the pavement because you accidentally jostled the ladder and now have to live in your parent’s basement for the rest of your life.
The origins of this superstition can be found in early Christian dogma. The priests and nuns believed that any object with three points was symbolic of the Holy Trinity, and to deliberately walk underneath such things was akin to taking the Devil out for a mug of ale. Ladders, by nature of being triangular, fit this geometric dilemma perfectly. So think carefully before you duck beneath a ladder the next time that you’re heading to the office – you might lose the big promotion due to the ensuing bad luck, not to mention spend an eternity in Hell.