If the preview provided damaging storms, a devastating fire for the Jersey shore and now the Manning brothers are going to play against each other.... What else may we expect?
According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day making it the most feared day and date in history.
Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. "It's been estimated that [US]$800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day".
The Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics has stated that "fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday than on other Fridays, because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home. Statistically speaking, driving is slightly safer on Friday the 13th, at least in the Netherlands; in the last two years, Dutch insurers received reports of an average 7,800 traffic accidents each Friday; but the average figure when the 13th fell on a Friday was just 7,500."
A word to the wise....