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13 Things To Know About Friday The 13th

The myth of Friday the 13th has been around for centuries. And it still scares the crap out of millions of people.

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The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (derived from the Norse goddess Frigga which is where "Friday" comes from and triskaidekaphobia which means fear of the number 13).

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An estimated 17 to 21 million people in the U.S. are affected by a fear of Friday the 13th according to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, NC. Famous Presidents who suffered from this fear include Franklin D. Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover.

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The earliest documentation of Friday the 13th as unlucky comes from British journalist Henry Sutherland Edward's biography of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini (written in 1869). The excerpt: "Rossini was surrounded to the last by admiring and affectionate friends; Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky"

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