Beware, it’s Friday the 13th

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The second straight Friday the 13th in a month.  Because Friday the 13th fell in February, we had an automatic repeat for March.

This day is also considered “Black Friday,” a day when bad things happen.  No, it’s not the same “Black Friday” as the monster shopping day on the Friday following Thanksgiving, but some who venture out on that shopping day might consider some of the things that happen that day unlucky as well.

Like many superstitions, Friday the 13th has its roots in religious mythology.  There were, the legend says, 13 people at The Last Supper on a Thursday and the death of Christ came on a Friday.

There is even a phobia connected to fear of Friday the 13th — triskaidekaphobia — which is a derivative of the Greek word “Patrsakevi,” which is “Friday.”

The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, calls Friday the 13th the most feared day in history and affects an estimated 17-21 million residents of the United States.  Many refuse to work, avoid normal routines, fly or even get out of bed — actions which cost American businesses $800 to $900 million a day.

On Friday, October 13, 1972, a plane carrying members of the Old Christian Rugby team crashed in the Andes Mountains of Chile.  The 16 who survived were said to have done so by eating the remains of those who did not live.

So, what are you planning to do on this Friday the 13th?

Remember, let’s be careful out there.

 

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