Do you believe in spooks?

It just occurred to me that this Friday is Friday the 13th. It comes around anytime the date of the 13th happens to land on a Friday. And apparently it is a day of bad luck. It's folklore, but many people believe wholeheartedly in it.

In fact, it's sparked two different phobias; paraskavedekatriaphobia and friggatriskaidekaphobia.

Both are essentially the fear of Friday the 13th. This comes from a combination of horrid historical events that occurred either on a Friday, on the 13th, or both.

For example, some Christians may be uneasy of the number 13 because that was the number of people present for the Last Supper before Jesus Christ was crucified. Some also believe that the Great Flood that wiped out all of humanity except for Noah and his family, happened on a Friday.

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In Roman culture, it was believed that witches gathered in groups of 12 with the 13th one in the room being the devil himself.

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In British culture, fear of Friday the 13th may come from early forms of capital punishment. It's believed that hangings took place on Fridays and that there were 13 steps up to the gallows.

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Wherever Friday the 13th comes from, it's safe to say that Hollywood has taken it to the next level. In fact, there is an entire film franchise that has built around this phobia, dating back to the 1980s. It even shares the same name.

With that being said, is there anything that you are superstitious about?

Perhaps you won't walk under a ladder because it will bring you bad luck. Ever avoided a crack for fear that it might break your mother's back? Or maybe you've tried to avoid being jinxed so you've knocked on wood.

Odds are, you've been careful not to kill any toads.

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That's the biggest superstition in the state of Colorado, according to 24/7 Wall St. It's to prevent any bad luck from coming your way, specifically with your cows. Legend has it that if you kill a toad, your cow will produce bloody milk.


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