Sure enough... Today is the first of three Friday the 13ths this year. The next one will not occur until 2026.
This is not only Friday the13th, but weather forecasters are warning the wind chill factor may bring the NYC area temperatures down to -13 degrees. Beware and be very careful.
Friday the thirteenth has long been considered as a day of bad luck in various countries for many years.
However, contrary to popular belief that Friday 13 is an unlucky day, it is actually regarded as a lucky day by many people and in some cultures.
The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia. "Frigg" is the Norse goddess whom Friday is named after and "triskaidekaphobia" means the fear of "13". It's also known as paraskevidekatriaphobia, partly from the Greek word Friday.
Some people who have this disorder are even too afraid to say the words “Friday the 13th”. Others avoid flying on a plane, going to work, or even getting out of bed. According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, millions of Americans are afraid of Friday the 13th. Symptoms of this fear range from mild anxiety and a nagging sense of doom to full-blown panic attacks.
Spanish speaking countries ha the movie "Friday the 13th" was renamed to Tuesday the 13th ("Martes 13") Tuesday 13 is believed to be a day of bad luck, not Friday 13. Many people also believe Friday 13 is a lucky day for children to be born.
Some people have won millions of dollars through the lottery on Friday 13. According to CNN.com, one British couple won $17 million after buying their lottery ticket on Friday 13, the same day that their mirror at home fell and broke!