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Why is Friday the Thirteenth Seen as Bad Luck? — Dave’s Diary

Friday at last—another beautiful in the Yakima Valley—except, except its Friday the 13th!!

If you’re one of those people who avoid traveling, going to work, eating in a restaurant or signing important documents on Friday the 13th, you have what is known as paraskevidekatriaphobia.

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Not fatal, just frightening so there’s no need to call the doc unless they’re a shrink. The big word with all the letters means a fear of Friday the 13th.

What better day to be reminded of the superstitions surrounding the components of Friday the 13th.


  • Never change your bed on a Friday as it will give you bad dreams.
  • If you start a trip on a Friday, you’ll have misfortune.
  • Cut your nails on a Friday and you cut them for sorrow.
  • If ships set sail on a Friday, they will have bad luck.
  • Friday is the witches’ Sabbath.

The number 13:

  • 13 is the Devil’s Dozen.
  • Should 13 people eat dinner together, all will die within the year.
  • Just as many buildings don’t have a 13th floor, going right from 12 to 14, many cities don’t have a 13th Street or 13th Avenue.
  • If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil’s luck. Don’t believe it? Count the letters in these infamous names: Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo.
  • There are 13 witches in a coven.

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