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Posted by in on Nov 13, 2015 . 0 Comments.

Today is Friday 13th, and apart from experiencing some terrible driving on the way in this morning (and the car not starting) it hasn't been too bad so far.  But why do some people have a fear of today?  Well, first up, let's put a name to it, it's official title is paraskevidekatriaphobia from the Greek words for Friday and Thirteen, and yes, we do expect you to remember that (just imagine the kudos if that question came up at a pub quiz..?!)  It is thought that it originates from the Middle Ages around the story of Jesus' last supper (at which 13 people attended) and that his death took place on a Friday.  It wasn't until the 19th Century that recorded evidence of these two in conjunction were considered unlucky.

According to insurance statistics Friday 13th is actually a good day to drive as there are actually fewer accidents on these days (maybe because people stay at home or drive more carefully!).  Of course this is all just superstition and it's worth remembering that Tuesday 17th is considered unlucky in Greek culture and Friday 17th in Italian!

Don't forget that we have a competition running at the moment which could make your day today lucky instead!!

Last update: Nov 13, 2015


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