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Old 12 June 2008, 09:44 PM
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Teacher Friday 13th not more unlucky, study shows

Dutch statisticians have established that Friday 13th, a date regarded in many countries as inauspicious, is actually safer than an average Friday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/oddly...25778420080612
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Old 13 June 2008, 01:14 AM
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Well, being born on April 13, I don't consider birthdays falling on that day unlucky at all.
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Old 13 June 2008, 04:57 PM
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I agree with the article, it's because the superstitious people are more careful and stay home more. I especially like the part about less drivers, as I have to go somewhere today and I have to do the driving.
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Old 09 July 2008, 04:29 AM
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A little off topic but we stayed in a hotel recently after a wedding in Chicago that id not have a 13th floor. Although I had to point out with other people n the elevator that it stil had a thirteenth floor but was just numered dfferently. Calling it the forteenth floor did not change the fact that it was still the thirteenth floor.


I know it was mean, I blame all the vodka and orange juice drinks I had at the reception. I wonder if any of the people in the elevator with us were superstitious.
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Old 09 July 2008, 01:48 PM
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Well, being born on April 13, I don't consider birthdays falling on that day unlucky at all.
Ditto, and in fact I was 13 on a Friday


I do know someone who was given an extra holiday each Friday 13th
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Old 09 July 2008, 02:00 PM
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Dutch statisticians have established that Friday 13th, a date regarded in many countries as inauspicious, is actually safer than an average Friday.
Sorry! They did a study about weather Friday the 13th is actually unlucky?

Are they also investigating whether people who break mirrors have seven years bad luck or if there are snow queens at the back of wardrobes?
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Old 09 July 2008, 02:12 PM
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Are they also investigating whether people who break mirrors have seven years bad luck or if there are snow queens at the back of wardrobes?
I stepped on a crack the other day. A study determined that I had not, in fact, as a direct result of this, broken my mother's back.
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Old 09 July 2008, 02:58 PM
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I stepped on a crack the other day. A study determined that I had not, in fact, as a direct result of this, broken my mother's back.
So how did you break your mother's back?
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Old 09 July 2008, 03:03 PM
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Of 'course' Friday the 13th is safer - all the superstitious crackpots are at home hiding under their beds
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Old 09 July 2008, 03:46 PM
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In one of the James Bond books, it mentions that he always flies on Friday the 13th when possible, as the planes are slightly less crowded on that day.
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