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What Does Friday the 13th Mean Anyway?

13 May 2016, 12:47 pm

imagesWhen you woke up this morning you probably didn’t suddenly know it was Friday the 13th. But sure enough walking in the door to work, everyone was quick to remind you or mention it. If your morning didn’t pan out that way, but maybe everyone around you is in a quick-tempered or fowl mood then perhaps you realized on your own that it was in fact Friday the 13th.

So, what’s all the fuss about anyway? Friday the 13th is known as the unluckiest day according to superstitions in the Western Hemisphere and occurs the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western calendar or the Christian calendar).

It seems many will laugh on the fear or superstitious behavior;however, it is reported that an estimated 17-21 million suffer from a fear of Friday the 13th.

This is according to a study by the North Carolina Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute.

The origin of this fear? There is no evidence that surround the myths that exist on Friday the 13th but many still have their suspicions. According to many reports, these superstitions didn’t exist before the 19th century in Western civilization so it is a rather new fear or superstition in the last few hundred years or so.

Popular myths or superstitions:

If you walk under a ladder or if a black cat crosses you on Friday the 13th, you will have bad luck.

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So maybe you’re not superstitious and don’t buy into the silly myths or fears on this day. If so, you are one among many;however, there are other ways you can benefit from this insanely superstitious day and that is SALES, SALES, SALES. Many retail clothing stores and even electronic outlets will use this day to advertise additional discounts and drive more traffic to their doors. So, there’s that.
Happy Friday the 13th.

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