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Friday the 13th: Superstitions and bad happenings

By Shania Shelton

Published March 13, 2020

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Friday the 13th is among us, so it's time to reminisce about the bad and creepy things that have taken place on this day.

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If you have a fear of Friday the 13th, also known as "paraskavedekatriaphobia," beware of the superstitions that follow.

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A common superstition is that having 13 people at a table is bad luck.

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The superstition comes from the Last Supper, which had 13 attendees, according to history.com. The next day, on Good Friday, Jesus was crucified.

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Mark Twain was allegedly invited to a dinner party as the 13th guest. The story says he went despite a friend's warning. Twain reportedly said, "It was bad luck. They only had food for 12."

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A number of traumatic events have occurred on Friday the 13th in more recent times, according to history.com.

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Buckingham Palace was bombed in 1940. The rapper and actor Tupac Shakur died in 1996. The Costa Concordia sank into the ocean, killing 32 people, in 2012.

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