Friday the 13th:

Do you believe the age-old superstitions?

Friday the 13th has long been associated with black cats, falling ladders and bad luck all around but where do these beliefs come from? Check out the video below to dig a little deeper into the spooky day of the year.

Did you know?

  • Worldwide the economy loses about $900 million because some people are too superstitious to go to work or travel!
  • The first specifically deemed unlucky Friday the 13th was in a 20th century novel. Friday, the 13th, written by Thomas Lawson, featured a ship that was caught in a storm and wrecked on Friday the 13th, 1907. 
  • Paraskevidekatriaphobia and friggatriskaidekaphobia are the official names referring to the fear of Friday the 13th.
  • A plane crash in the Andes on October 13, 1970; Tupac Shakur died after being shot in Vegas on September 13, 1996; October 13, 2006 Buffalo, NY and surrounding areas were buried under 22 to 24 inches of snow; and it’s predicted in 2029 on April 13 a 1,200-foot-wide asteroid will pass Earth closer than some satellites orbit our planet!
  • Even though spooky things have happened on Friday the 13th, so have some good ones! July 13, 1923 was the day the infamous Hollywood, originally “Hollywoodland”, was installed; November 13, 2009 NASA announced they found water on the Moon; and  on July 13, 1923 the first dinosaur eggs were discovered at a dig in Mongolia!


Our question to you, superstitious or just a coincidence?

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