Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Why Friday the 13th is unlucky (unless you're Taylor Swift)

Why Friday the 13th is unlucky (unless you're Taylor Swift)

Based on the amount of lottery wins on the day, we'd confidently say it's quite the opposite and that you can find yourself with some very good luck on Friday 13th.

Cape Town - The Western world considers Friday the 13th an unlucky day - and today is that fateful day.

When the figures for accidental damage and home insurance were looked into, it was revealed that there are half as many claims on Friday 13th than a typical day and the claims that were made were for less money.

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People especially in the West, do not organize any happy occasion like a wedding or any celebration on Friday the 13.

"In fact, the nation is taking so much care on the luckless date that claims actually fall". More recently, the popular movie series 'Friday the 13th, with 12 horror movies, revolving around the psychotic, mask-wearing killer is known to have captured the public's imagination regarding the superstition related to the date.

Homes are especially risky on a Monday 27th, the AA found, with a third (33%) of claims being for accidental damage and almost a fifth (18%) for "escape of water".

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This day is also not chosen by people for booking or occupying apartment or hotel rooms on this day.

Friday the 13th is believed to date back to the middle ages. Kelsey Zachow, a 24- year-old mother from Port Huron claimed her Mega Millions prize of over €50,000,000 with her ticket she bought on Friday 13th June 2014. Handy rule of thumb; if a month starts on a Sunday, it will have a Friday the 13th.

There are plenty of theories about how Friday 13 got its fearsome reputation. Mega Millions seems to be a commonly won jackpot on Friday 13th, so why not try your luck there?

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It is unclear what is the origin story behind Friday the 13th achieving the amount of infamy that it has received. As for the stock exchange, some traders worry about buying and selling on the perceived unlucky day according to a University of Miami study. In Italy, Friday the 17th is the equivalent of Friday the 13th.

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