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Origin of Friday the 13th

Are You Superstitious?

If you're a superstitious person, you might not want to get your hair cut today. Legend has it that if you cut your hair on Friday the 13th someone in your family will die. Want more warnings? Make sure you don't let a funeral pass you by today or you'll be next, and try not to go into labor, as a child born on Friday the 13th is said to be unlucky for life.

But like most (all?) superstitions, Friday the 13th's unlucky history is based on fiction. The 1907 novel Friday the Thirteenth about an evil businessman who attempted to sabotage the stock market on the unluckiest day of the year is responsible for today's bad rap. Are you still nervous?

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Rjs-baby-girl Rjs-baby-girl 7 years
I'm not superstitious, except when I talk about something bad that could happen, then I knock on wood. I'm def not superstitious about the number 13, I was born on a 13 at 13h58 (I live in Québec), 5+8 = also 13, and I was baptized on a 13 as well. Those weren't Fridays though!
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
I am not superstitious UNLESS I'm at work. I work in EMS, which is rife with superstitions, and I have enough anecdotal evidence to watch my mouth. Never say "It's quiet." Calls will start dropping like crazy. Some people have "black clouds," meaning they get all the horrible calls. Some people have "white clouds," meaning they get no calls. And if there's a student on the car, that student usually has "third rider syndrome," which results in no calls. Know that the EMS Gods dispense karma. Don't be a jerk or you will get a late call, and the patient will puke on you, and your A/C will go out on the way home, and etc.
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
nope
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I'm not at all. But we got hit by a tornado today. haha.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
Just for fun, but not really. Just when the superstitions are fun.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Just in good fun.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Superstitions imply irrational logic. So no.
stephley stephley 7 years
Knock on wood, cross my fingers, toss salt over my shoulder - I've usually had good things happen in 13th Fridays.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 7 years
Not at all.
neonbee neonbee 7 years
Yes... Somewhat. It all depends, I guess. I'm trying to let go of all my superstitions though.
stephley stephley 7 years
The superstitition goes way back: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/08/100813-friday-the-13th-superstitions-triskaidekaphobia/
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
Nope.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
not really
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Somewhat.
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