In the midst of the only Friday the 13th slated for the year 2008, cross in front of those black cats and shatter those mirrors with abandon — Dutch statisticians have cleared the unlucky rep. They've found that Fridays that fall on the 13th are actually safer than their 51 non-spooky cousins. The study shows that fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur on the big day than any other — and they're not sure just why. One statistician said, "I find it hard to believe that it is because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home, but statistically speaking, driving is a little bit safer on Friday 13th." Phew!
Unfortunately the breaking of the curse hasn't extended to everyone — get a load of this luck:
Doorman winning the lottery? Lucky! Winning big and still not being able to afford a place in the building you work? Friday the 13th! To see the story,
Park Avenue doorman, Richie Randazzo, won $5 million in the lottery — but when he asked to move into the building where he worked, he was still $4.95 million dollars shy of purchasing the only available unit.
Still, the winner is undaunted. “After I hit the next lottery, I’ll buy that one.” Randazzo said at the winner’s ceremony. The doorman purchased a $10 Set for Life instant ticket which pays $5,000 per week and guarantees a minimum of $5 million. He will receive $65,000 every three months or $41,926 after Uncle Sam wins his share.
A bummer (with a silver lining) but it's not as bad as this unlucky dude: a tardy German journalist covering the European football championship tried to delay his flight by making a fake bomb threat. From his traceable cell phone. The ploy didn't work as you might imagine as it's pretty tricky to make a flight when you've been arrested.
Are you superstitious? Do you step carefully on Friday the 13th?
Thanks for the tip, lucky charm stephley!