Relax… research shows Friday 13th is not the unluckiest day

Why Friday the 13th is unlucky (unless you're Taylor Swift)

Some may suffer from triskaidekaphobia: an abnormal fear of the number thirteen.

The word used to describe the fear of Friday the 13th is paraskevidekatriaphobia.

Why Friday the 13th is unlucky (unless you're Taylor Swift)

The next Friday the 13 will be on July 13, 2018.

On Friday, April the 13th, 2029, to be exact, the world will face an asteroid.

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"My husband was born on the 13th", one woman joked, "so he says this is a lucky day". There is no definite theory of why people feel the need to be scared of this otherwise harmless day, but then again most superstitions never really have a scientific logic to support them. This is believed to have contributed largely in fueling superstitions around Friday the 13th.

Friday the 13th is believed to date back to the middle ages. Studies have shown there are more traffic accidents and hospital admissions on Friday 13. Kelsey Zachow, a 24- year-old mother from Port Huron claimed her Mega Millions prize of over €50,000,000 with her ticket she bought on Friday 13th June 2014. People also avoid lodging in room numbered 13th.

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Today is Friday the 13th - considered to be one of the unluckiest days of the year, with many Britons fearing what the day entails.

And here are just 13 facts about what is considered the unluckiest date in the calendar. On Friday the 13th, "we don't do anything too scary today, or double-check that there's enough gas in the vehicle, or whatever it might be". Several high-rise buildings do not have a floor numbered 13th or the entire floor is kept vacant. On the other hand, a few airports are known to steer clear of having a Gate 13.

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Thomas Fernsler an associate policy scientist in the Mathematics and Science Education Resource Centre at the University of DE says the number 13 suffers because of its position after 12. As for the stock exchange, some traders worry about buying and selling on the perceived unlucky day according to a University of Miami study. However, some countries like Kenya - do act on superstitions around the number 13.

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