Watch out for any black cats, avoid breaking mirrors, and make sure you don’t walk under any ladders; it’s Friday the 13th. But what makes people so superstitious on this day?
Biblical claims and stories about knights in the middle ages have been debunked, notes CNN, who attributes the hysteria to a book written in 1907 by Thomas W. Lawson titled, Friday The Thirteenth. The book is about a stockbroker who chooses this day to deliberately crash the stock market.
A year later, the New York Times became the first publications to acknowledge the superstitions of that day.
The “Friday the 13th” movie franchise didn’t help much in defusing the cultural phenomenon as it was discovered that 1 in 4 people in the US considered themselves superstitious during the peak of the franchise’s popularity.
But it isn’t all bad news. Apparently airline tickets drastically drop in price on Friday the 13th.