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Offline Steven Novella

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SGU 5x5 #61
« on: March 14, 2009, 01:04:38 PM »
Friday 13th Superstition
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Re: SGU 5x5 #61
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2009, 04:20:19 PM »
Friday 13th Superstition

In my personal experience, there is a waning belief in unluckiness on Friday the 13th.
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Re: SGU 5x5 #61
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2009, 06:18:56 AM »
Jason Vorhees was not the killer in the first Friday the 13th movie.
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Re: SGU 5x5 #61
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2009, 11:17:32 AM »
There's nothing wrong with Friday the 13th in my opinion. This latest one was my birthday so yay!

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Re: SGU 5x5 #61
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2009, 07:22:06 PM »
Loki was actually the unlucky fourteenth guest (per the Prose Edda).

And how can you talk about the significance of Friday the 13th (particularly its history) without mentioning the Knights Templar? For shame! Despite its dubiousness (as the phobia's origin), it is a good story, and does join together the distinct superstitions surrounding the day and the number in a particularly sinister way.

The best I've ever read on the subject (pardoning its failure to mention the 1907 novel entitled Friday the 13th) is called 13: The Story of the World's Most Popular Superstition, by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer.

But the venerable David Emery gives hands-down the most succinct and sober short-form scoop about Friday the 13th available on the Internet.

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Re: SGU 5x5 #61
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2009, 08:10:22 AM »
In a twisty flip on the superstition, the French national lottery does a big promotion for its Friday the 13th drawings, calling it the "Lucky Day".

I wonder if they observed a drop in Friday the 13th drawings before these campaigns.