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Friday the 13th. Why are we so scared of it?

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By SisiBroad | November 15, 2015 12:23 pm

Some historians claim that superstition around this day may have Biblical origins.

It was Friday 13th when Eve bit the apple from the Tree of Knowledge.

It was Friday 13th when Great Flood began on Earth.

It was Friday 13th when Jesus was crucified.

Some say this superstition originated in Middle Ages.

On October 13th of 1307 Philip IV of France arrested and executed hundreds of the Knights Templar. It was Friday 13th. .

Somehow number 13 has been considered unlucky for centuries.

Don't worry. Be happy!

Don’t worry. Be happy!

In many Western countries tall buildings are missing 13th floor.

Houses often do not have a number 13, and many hotels do not have thirteenth floor.

It is considered very unlucky for thirteen people to dine together- a superstition upheld by US President Roosevelt. He also refused to travel on Friday the 13th.

Disseminating of this superstition possibly connected to Thomas W. Lawson’s popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth published in 1907. In the novel, an unscrupulous stock broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.

In 1976, New Yorker Daz Baxter was so afraid of Friday the 13th that had decided to stay home a whole day. However, Mr Baxter was killed when the floor of his apartment block collapsed on this day.

Don’t worry. Be happy!

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