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Feeling Superstitious? Today Is Friday The 13th

July 13, 2018 - 9:42 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Today is Friday the 13th. Are you scared yet?

There are those among us who feel lucky on Friday the 13th — and others who take the day off, too terrified to risk venturing into public and tempting a piano to fall from the sky.

Experts say so many people will be afraid to fly today that it will cost the airlines $800 million.  

Those afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th are known as Paraskevidekatriaphobics.

And fear goes way back.

To ancient Egyptians the number 13 symbolized death, early Hindus believed it was unlucky for exactly 13 people to gather in one place. In the Bible, there were 13 people present at the Last Supper, with Judas as the 13th person at the table. Coincidence? Perhaps.

If Friday the 13th isn't your favorite day, don't worry. It will be fourteen months before we see another one, in September 2019.