Friday the 13th

Megan Lynn Mullins, Feature Writer

It is yet again Friday the 13th known as the unluckiest day of the year. The origins of Friday the 13th are unknown, we are not sure how the date of the 13th and Friday were ever linked to this fear stricken day. There is said to be no written documents pertaining to Friday the 13th before the 19th century but there is said to be mentions of it in 1700 BC.
The fear of Friday the 13th of known as friggatriskaidekaphobia, over 21 million people suffer from this fear. The number is believed to be so unlucky that many cities do not have a 13th street and many high rise buildings lack a 13th floor. Also it is said to be improper to invite only 13 people to a dinner party.
Many studies have been done to see if the fear of the 13th was purely superstition. One study showed that on the Friday the 13th there was less accidents than any other Friday. They believe this is because most people tend to stay inside and sheltered on this day out of fear of what may happen to them on this feared day.
A few superstitions associated with Friday the 13th are if you cut your hair on this day someone will die, if a funeral procession passes you then you are the next to die and a child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life. These are just a few of the superstitions associated with Friday the 13th. None of these superstitions are proven to be true.

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