“Friggatriskaidekaphobia.” You almost certainly know what it is, even if you’ve never heard the tongue-tying, nine-syllable official term for it. It is the fear of Friday the 13ths, one of the most widespread and enduring superstitions in the world. And whether or not you think it’s silly, the phobia does actually affect us, dragging down economic productivity at least once each year.
Fears of Friday the 13th usually revolve around personal injury, but studies have shown no reliable relation between Friday the 13ths and rates of car accidents or other serious damages. However, a 1987 study by two finance professors at the University of Miami showed that you are more likely to lose in the stock market on a Friday the 13th, as opposed to a “normal” Friday."
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