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Friday the 13th!
Statistically, what happens on this superstitious day is no more bizarre than what goes on during any other day of the year. Well, we’ll  nd out if the statisticians are correct this month (April 2018). Thirteen odd things that happened on Friday the 13th. Friday is a Frigga’s Day. Frigga (Frigg) was an ancient Scandinavian fertility and love goddess, equivalent to the Roman Ve- nus who had been worshipped on the sixth day of the week. Christians called Frigga a witch and Friday the witches’ Sabbath; modern Wiccans are happy to oblige. Friggatriskaidekaphobes (Friday the 13th scaredy-cats) are preparing for the worst. After all, the following all occurred on this blackest of days
1. On Friday, October 13, 1307,
the French rounded up thousands of Knights Templars and rounded them as heretics. Some wonder whether this was the beginning of the whole Friday the 13th mythology (if it is a myth...).
2. On Friday, November 13, 1829, 10,000 people gathered to watch Sam Patch jump into New York’s Genesee River from atop the Genesee Falls.
Only weeks earlier, he’d leaped off Ni- agara Falls and into the Niagara River and survived. He wasn’t as lucky this time.
3. On Friday, October 13, 1972, a plane crashed in the Andes. Twelve people died instantly, and survivors re- sorted to cannibalism.
4. That very same day, 174 were killed when a Russian airliner crashed on landing near Moscow.
5. On Friday, August 2010, a 13-year- old boy in Suffolk, England, was struck by lightning. The lightning reportedly hit at 1:13, or 13:13 in military time. The boy survived unharmed.
6. On Friday, October 2006, nearly half a million people lost power when Buffalo, New York, and the surrounding suburbs were buried under 22 to 24 inches of snow. Western New York is used to a lot of snow, but 24 inches? In October?
7. On Friday, October 13, 1989, the stock market fell a whopping 6.91 percent. At the time, it was the sec- ond-worst day in market history.
8. On Friday, July 13, 1979, Bob Renphrey decided to stay in bed every subsequent Friday the 13th because of a spate of bad luck he’d suffered on that
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unlucky day, such as: walking through a plate glass door, getting  red, and put- ting his wife in the hospital after hitting her in the head with a stick meant for the dog. Another Friday the 13th saw his wife fall down a  ight of stairs.
9. On Friday, July 13, 1951, after days of record-setting rain fell in northeast- ern Kansas, swollen rivers poured over their banks – consuming the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, and Manhattan in the process.
10. On Friday, July 13, 1821, one of the scariest fellows ever was born: Na- than Bedford Forrest, a founder of the Ku Klux Klan.
11. On Friday, January 13, 2012, the cruise ship Costa Concordia partially sank off the Italian coast after running aground, killing 32.
12. On Friday, April 13, 2029, Asteroid 99942 Apophis is forecast to pass Earth a scant 18,000 miles away, closer than any of the satellites we’ve put into 0rbit.
13. On every Friday the 13th, the world’s economy apparently loses about $900 million because people are scared to work and travel on this date, says Donald Dassey, founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute. SS
by Arvind Dhople
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