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Smarter Living: Do You Believe Friday the 13 is Unlucky?

Posted by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Black cats, walking under ladders, saying Macbeth in a theater...yup, we're talking superstitions. But one, it seems, freaks folks out more than others: Friday the 13...and would you look at that, today is Friday the 13! Ack! What are we going to do? 

Well, how about we learn some cool Friday the 13th facts to share with your kiddos or out at date night tonight (hey, a girl can dream, eh?). For those of you who suffer from Triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) or just Paraskevidekatriaphobia (the fear of Friday the 13th), maybe knowing some facts can ease your heebie-jeebie-ness.

-- It is actually impossible to have a year without a Friday that falls on the 13th of a month. So, at least during every 365 days, we will have one Friday with bad ju-ju, if not more than one.

-- According to calendar scholars (yes, they do exist), in any given month, it is more likely that the 13th will fall on a Friday than any other day of the week.

-- Otis Elevator Company (the largest elevator maker) says that 90% of skyscrapers in the U.S. do not have a 13th floor.

-- Next time you are travelling, look for Row 13 on the place or Gate 13 in the airport. Chances are you won't find it.

-- Believers in the unlucky power of the day say to avoid starting anything new, including moving to a new home, getting married, heading off on a trip or doing any sort of needlework (yeah, that seemed odd to me too).

What about you? Do you believe Friday the 13th is an unlucky day? Do you have any superstitions? 

Š Zigulyte

by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Member on Jul. 13, 2012 at 12:05 AM
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The number 13 has always been a lucky number for me. I usually look forward to Friday the 13th! I think the bad connotation for Friday the 13th is only because of those horror movies.

by Anji on Jul. 13, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Just another day. Never thought about it being bad till i got older. I will stitch and i have to go to the store. Not going to sweat the small stuff :)
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by Member on Jul. 13, 2012 at 12:17 AM

No, my birthday is on a 13th, so every few years Friday 13th is my birthday, so it's a great day!

by Jeni on Jul. 13, 2012 at 12:47 AM
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Its actually a lucky day/number in my family.
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by Gold Member on Jul. 13, 2012 at 1:19 AM
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Nope. I believe that people make their own "luck"
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by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 1:27 AM

nah, I'm not superstitious at all

by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 2:00 AM
It's usually a good or lucky day for me!
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by Platinum Member on Jul. 13, 2012 at 2:10 AM
No! In not superstitious
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by Silver Member on Jul. 13, 2012 at 2:13 AM

i was born on the 13th and so was my Mom, so I never took 13 to be an unlucky number.

by Joy on Jul. 13, 2012 at 7:34 AM

It's just another day.

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