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13 / 05 / 2005

FRIDAY THE 13TH: meaning and examples

Good morning. Today is Friday the 13th. Do you know what that means in Anglo cultures? Bad luck! The origins of the Friday the 13th superstition have been linked to the fact that there were 13 people at the last supper of Jesus, who was traditionally crucified on Good Friday, but it probably originated more recently, in medieval times. According to the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia, there is evidence to suggest that Friday the 13th is truthfully unlucky for some people. Psychologists have found that some people are especially likely to have accidents or fall ill on Friday the 13th. This has been attributed to such people feeling a heightened state of anxiety on that day. The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Ashville, North Carolina estimates that in the United States alone, $800 or $900 million is lost in business each Friday the 13th because some people will not travel or go to work. For more information about Friday the 13, you can visit the following website: The next Friday the 13th will be in January. Until then, if you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a lucky day and a wonderful long weekend! There will be no Daily Vitamin on Monday, May 16th.


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