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Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday The 13th

Today is Friday the 13th. Did you survive?? It is the first Friday the 13th of 2017. There will only be 2 this year. The other will fall in the month of October. Some may only look at the day as Friday the start of a weekend but others, look at Friday the 13th with dread. Friday the Thirteenth has long been a day full of dread. 

There are an estimated 20 million Americans that suffer from irrational fear of Friday the 13th. Symptoms range from mild anxiety to nagging fears that something bad is about to happen to full blown panic attacks. There may after all be something to the day more than just a quaint superstition. 

What is the reason that Friday the 13th is so evil?? There are many reasons that it may seem like the day to be careful on. With facts such as:
In Christian teachings there were 13 guests at The Last Supper, with the 13th being Judas Jesus is to be believed to be crucified on Friday So if you put the 13 and Friday together there you go double trouble
Often hangings would take place on Friday's There were often 13 steps up to the scaffold, 13 turns in a hangman's noose and 13 pence and a halfpenny paid to the hangman. An American pirate Albert Hicks was hanged after confessing to murdering over 100 people. He was hanged on Friday the 13th of July 1860. 
Many fear flying in airplanes on Friday the 13th. While often the safest and quickest way to travel it is the least booked day. October Friday 13, 1972 an Uruguayan Air Force flight 571 crashed in the Andes mountains. The survivors of the crash were stranded on a mountainside at an altitude 11,800 feet and with little food. The rescue would take 72 days and the survivors were forced to eat the dead. There were only 16 people of the 45 passengers that made it through the tragic. 
The day with the least of traffic on a road studied by department of Public Health discovered that there were fewer motorists on the road on Friday 13th. The risk of traffic accident rose by 52 %. The risk of ending up in the hospital from accidental injuries also rose. 
The stock market has long feared Friday the 13th. One Friday the 13th dubbed Black Friday occurred on October 13th, 1989. A buyout fell through and this resulted in the second largest one day fall on the Dow Jones index. 
Getting married on Friday the 13th is not seen often either. 
Their are more murders committed on Friday the 13th as well. One of the best known was the last murder committed by Jack the Ripper on February 13th  1891. 

What do you think?? Is Friday the 13th simply another day of the month and a day of the week?? Or, do you believe that it is rooted in evil and there is a reason to be wary?? 

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