Well if you are you are not alone. Fear of the date is called Paraskavedekatriaphobia

Around the world this day is looked at with trepidation and kinda for good reason.  Amazingly enough the fear has very little to do with Hollywood. The London Telegraph tells of all kinds of woes that befell the suspecting n Friday the 13th.

A few examples of how our fears affect our culture:

  • In many Western countries tall buildings are missing the 13th floor.
  • Houses often do not have a number 13, and many hotels, including the Carlton in London, miss out a thirteenth floor.
  • It is considered very unlucky for thirteen people to dine together, and the first to rise will reach serious misfortune – a superstition upheld by US President Roosevelt. He also refused to travel on Friday the 13th.
  • In some areas, calling a doctor for the first time on a Friday is a certain omen of death.
  • Cutting hair and nails on a Friday is a certain path to misfortune, and many couples will refrain from marrying on a Friday.
  • Businesses lose up to $900m in sales and productivity when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday, according to researchers.
  • Dr Caroline Watt of the University of Edinburgh says that it is the belief in the Friday 13th superstition that could, in fact, prove the greatest risk to the average person: “If people believe in the superstition of Friday the 13th then they believe they are in greater danger on that day. "As a result they may be more anxious and distracted and this could lead to accidents. It becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

However some things defy the good Dr's theory like in 2010, lightning struck a 13-year-old Suffolk boy on Friday 13th at 13:13. Thankfully, he made a full recovery.

See more unlucky happenings on this day...if you dare. Good news for you if you make it through the day you won't face another Friday the 13th until October.

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