Friday 13th Phobia

It's here, that dreaded day that some fear will bring them bad luck. Studies show millions of Americans are afraid something bad will happen to them on Friday the 13th. Their symptoms can range from mild anxiety to full blown panic attacks.

WKU Folk Studies Professor Dr. Erika Brady says Friday the 13th has had significance for hundreds of years. It's a convergence of two sets of beliefs, one about the day Friday, the other about the number 13.

Friday the 13th actually cause's people to reshuffle schedules or miss an entire day's work.

It's estimated between $800 to $900 million is lost in business each Friday the 13th because so many people won't travel, go to work or tend to business in general.


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