Death, taxes and Friday the 13th superstition! The unavoidable and allegedly unlucky day is here, which has some people creeped out about what might happen to them.
As many as twenty-one million people around the nation fear this date, which causes an estimated $800 million in lost business dealings each time it occurs. In fact, fear of Friday the 13th has a name: paraskevidekatriaphobia. What caused this day, of all days, to be considered cursed or unlucky? According to Today I Found Out…
The origins aren’t perfectly clear, but we do know that both Friday and, separately, the number 13 have long been considered unlucky and it was around the late 19th century that the first documented instances started popping up of people putting the two together to form the unluckiest day of all.
There are more interesting facts about the day, and you can visit the site to read about them. But if you’ve got a slight science bent to your thinking, or you can let logic overpower your superstitions, then the facts in the above slide show could be really helpful to you. It comes from the website SportsBettingDime.com, which considers itself the most reliable source for betting advice and odds information on the web. The editors at that site recently posted odds on the calamities that could affect us all on this unluckiest of days.
“Whether there is any validity to things going wrong on Friday the 13th or not, people continue to be weary,” stated SportsBettingDime.com Spokesman Randy McInnis. “I for one won’t take anything for granted.”
Analysts from SportsBettingDime.com posted their odds for the calamities that can befall the population. Check a few of them out in the slideshow above.