Weekly Weird News Roundup: Friday the 13th Edition!

By Brett Israel | November 13, 2009 5:46 pm

roundup-pic-web• Today is Friday the 13th—again. It’s the third and final time that Friday falls on the 13th this year. Yep, three times a year is rare, happening only once every 11 years.

Paraskavedekatriaphobia got you down? You’re in good company at least. FDR, Henry Ford, and Napoleon all avoided doing anything important on Friday the 13th.

• Avoiding travel or business on Friday the 13th are just two examples of how superstitious people can get over the number 13.

• Speaking of triskaidekaphobia, it’s just one in a long list of bizarre phobias that may or may not actually exist.

• So is Friday the 13th actually dangerous? Some scientists are actually trying to answer this question.One group found that females are more likely to die in car crashes on Friday the 13th, but the study was later debunked.

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