Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky date. But a study disproves the myth. No more misfortunes or accidents happen on the date than usual.
The date has a notoriously bad reputation. But a study shows that this is not deserved. On the date do not happen more mishaps or accidents than usual, as an evaluation of claims in Germany showed.
If the 13th day in a month falls on a Friday, then according to popular opinion, it brings bad luck. What for some is pure superstition that many others worldwide take pretty seriously. For people who fear the date, there is even a technical term “paraskavedekatriaphobia” (from the Greek words for Friday (“paraskave”) and 13 (“decatria”). But those affected can now sigh of relief: according to a new study, the notoriously afflicted date is no more “dangerous” than other days of the year.
But they do exist catastrophes that took place on Friday the 13th. For example, insurer Zurich lists the sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio on Jan. 13, 2012.
Five years later, the storm low “Egon” over Germany caused many damage reports. Even the viral rapper Tupac (“2Pac”) Shakur was killed on Friday the 13th (September 1996). But it was probably mainly famous culture shows such as the 1980 horror flick “Friday the 13th” that gave the date its bad image.
Every year, the experts at Zurich Insurance in Germany evaluate all the claims reports they receive. As in previous years, they were unable to identify any accumulation of accidents or catastrophes in 2021. However, concerns about the combination of the day of the week and the calendar day have not been ultimately dismissed out of hand.
According to Zurich’s experts, more property damage occurs on Fridays. The risk is eight percent higher on the last working day of the week. However, the 13th day of the month is harmless despite its supposedly unlucky number.
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