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Friday the 13th

A Friday that lands on the 13th day of the month is considered bad luck in English, German, Polish and Portuguese-speaking cultures. There are similar superstitions, such as in Greece and Spain where Tuesday the 13th is considered bad luck. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13. The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute estimates that more than 17 million people in the U.S. are effected by this fear. It’s also estimated that more than $800 million of business is lost in the U.S. because people don’t travel or do the business they regularly do. Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the actual fear of Friday the 13th. How many a year? There are two Friday the 13ths in 2007 (in April and today); Next year Friday the 13th will be in June, and in 2009, it will occur in three months: February, March and November. Famous Friday the 13th birthdays: Fidel Castro, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Margaret Thatcher. Famous people who died on Friday the 13th: Tupac Shakur, Hubert HumphreySource: Wikipedia free online encyclopedia


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