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  • Friday the 13th

    When the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday it is generally considered bad luck in western tradition. Thought to derive from Christian tradition, the Ancient Persians, the Norse pantheon and even the Knights Templar, the modern technical term for fear of Friday the 13th is triskaidekaphobia, which stems from the fear of the number 13.
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    Anja Winikka, editor at weddings website, says that the number of planned weddings they're aware of has dipped significantly this Friday the 13th. The number of couples registered from and for Friday, April 13, is 1,449. The number scheduled for next Friday is 3,329.
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    Those with a fear of flying coupled with a case of triskaidekaphobia will probably not take fly today. But Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare, said Fridays are when business travelers head home and there is no evidence of a travel dip or fare cut. "I suspect most weary business travelers would walk under a ladder to catch a flight home any Friday afternoon, including today," Seaney said.
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  • Friday the 13th Home Sale Slump

    Not only do home sales take a dive on Friday the 13th, associations with the number 13 seem to be poison for selling a house. Home sales dip 32 percent on the 13th than any other day of the month, while the door number 13 on average knocks approximately $10,000 off the value of a home, according to
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  • Friday the 13th

    This one's a bit spooky: The launch of the Apollo 13 spacecraft, which was nearly doomed after an oxygen tank exploded, occurred at 3:13 CST, on April 11,1970. The explosion that led NASA to abort the vessel's lunar landing on April 13.
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    One of the most innovative and daring politicians of the 20th century was also a triskaidekaphobe. Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel when the 13th fell on a Friday. Along with Napoleon, J. Paul Getty and Herbert Hoover, he was one of history's great triskaidekaphobes.
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  • The Markets on Friday the 13th

    While Friday the 13th is notorious for bad luck, the stock market seems to buck the trend, according to historical data. Stocks have shown an average positive return on Friday the 13ths of 58.6 percent from 1945-2011, according to the analysis, with an average Dow Jones Industrial Average daily return of 0.08%, according to Bespoke Investment Group.
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  • Friday the 13th

    Does being born on Friday the 13th guarantee a lack of luck in life? Or could it make you a controversial, or perhaps even notorious figure? Well, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Fidel Castro and Butch Cassady were all born on Friday The 13th. Or maybe it means you'll become an award-winning actor like Christopher Plummer, Steve Buscemi and Julia Louis-Dreyfus who were all Friday the 13th babies.
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