10 Bizarre Friday the 13th Superstitions



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Friday the 13th is a day so full of superstition about bad luck that many buildings throughout the world – except, China where it is a lucky number – don’t even have 13th floors. People who are afraid of the date are said to suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia (the irrational fear of Friday the 13th). Yet it is more than just an overall fear; there are specific issues of concern and consequences in ‘superstition land’ if certain actions are taken. Here we take a look at both the superstition as a whole and 10 bad luck behaviors for the day.


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10. If you pass a funeral procession on Friday the 13th, you will die the next day.

Friday and the 13th were both associated with capital punishment in old Britain. Friday was the day for public hangings, and there were 13 steps leading up to the noose (as well as 12 twists to a traditional hangman’s noose). The fear of Friday the 13th is the most widespread superstition in the world today. Dr. Donald Dossey, a psychologist who specializes in phobias, estimates that there are 21 million Americans who suffer from the fear.

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