Don’t drop mirrors, take the Lord’s name in vain and keep eyes peeled for lucky pennies because it’s Friday the 13th!
Other things to avoid include touching wood, throwing salt over our shoulders and avoiding walking under ladders….
The unluckiest day of the year has us so spooked some of us are too scared to leave the house, drive or fly abroad.
But to make you feel better we’ve come up with 13 freaky facts to keep your mind off the ever-looming accidents, mishaps, break-ups and breakdowns that the day may bring
1. Fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia. Just like some people are afraid of spiders and the dark, others suffer from a deep-rooted fear of this day surrounded in superstition.
2. More than 60 million people worldwide claim to be affected by a fear of Friday 13th. Some of them won’t go to work, drive cars or get out of bed on this day.
3. According to the British Medical Journal there is a significant increase in traffic-related accidents when the date is Friday 13th.
4. And research in Finland has shown that women are more likely to die in traffic accidents on Friday the 13th than on other Fridays.
5. Every year has at least one and at most three Friday the 13ths.
6. The longest period that can occur without a Friday the 13th is 14 months.
7. The first reference to an unlucky Friday the 13th came in an 1869 biography of the composer Rossini who died on Friday November 13, 1868.
8. But it is believed to have Biblical origins. According to a report from LiveScience, the association is believed to have stemmed from the idea that the 13th guest at the Last Supper was the one who betrayed Jesus prior to his death, which occurred on a Friday.
9. The independent horror flick Friday the 13th was released in May 1980 and despite only having a budget of $550,000 it grossed $39.7 million at the box office in the United States – pretty lucky really.
10. The Uruguayan rugby team’s plane crashed in the Andes mountain range on Friday, 13 October, 1972.
11. Many hospitals have no room 13, while airports don’t have a Gate 13. Hotels and skyscrapers also tend to dismiss the unlucky floor by skipping straight from 12 to 14.
12. Famous people born on Friday the 13th include Margaret Thatcher (October 13, 1923) and Fidel Castro (August 13, 1926)
13. Today is not only Friday the 13th but it is also a full moon. For the first time in over a decade two of the great Western superstitions have arrived together bringing a potential double dose of dire luck.