It's here, again. Today is Friday the 13th.
Do you believe in the power of bad fortune and avoid the number 13 like the plague?
According to this story in USA Today, Friday the 13th pops up three times in 2012 — making this year a nightmare for those who suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia, the fear of Friday the 13th. Information on Wikipedia suggests that more than 17 million people in the U.S. are affected by the phobia in some way. The page also references conflicting research when it comes to the rate of accidents on Friday the 13th — some studies show there is a smaller chance of traffic collisions, while others draw the opposite conclusion.
So, are you on edge today? Are you dreading the next two instances of the end of the week colliding with the unlucky number? Or do you dismiss the whole thing as a silly superstition?