Things you didn't know about Friday the 13th

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Both the day Friday and the number 13 are considered unlucky, but there is no evidence of the two together being unlucky before the 19th century.

You're probably wondering, how can you win the lottery on such a day? .

But why do people feel this day is unlucky?

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It is said that Friday the 13th sprung out of the Christian "last supper meal" where Judas Iscariot broke bread with Jesus before betraying him with a kiss to the chief priests and Pharisees. It is thought to have emerged from the time of Christianity, when Lord Jesus was crucified on a Friday.

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It is also possible that Thomas W. Lawson's popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth, in 1907 contributed to popularising and spreading the superstition. The author was known to be highly superstitious himself and the story was of a Wall Street broker who tried to crash the market on Friday the 13th.

When the figures for accidental damage and home insurance were looked into, it was revealed that there are half as many claims on Friday 13th than a typical day and the claims that were made were for less money.

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What specific superstitions are related to Friday the 13th? So much so that many high-rise buildings, hotels, and hospitals skip the 13th floor and many airports do not have gates numbered 13.

Despite all of these, Italians regard this day as a lucky day and are filled with dread on Friday the 17th. It is a date that strikes fear into the superstitious - many avoid booking a wedding or holding a party.

On Friday, Nov. 13, 1970, a cyclone hit Bangladesh, killing thousands of people.

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Interestingly, though the fear associated with Friday the 13th is essentially unfounded, there have been eerie coincidences throughout history when truly very bad events took place on this ominous date.

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