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Beware Friday the 13th

At least once but no more than three times per year comes Friday the 13th. The irrational fear that this day brings bad luck is called paraskevidekatriaphobia. Ever wonder why tall buildings almost never have a 13th floor or a room 13? It’s considered bad luck!

Numerology is the belief or tradition that there is a relationship between numbers and physical objects or living things. In numerology the number 13 is often considered very bad luck. Despite no scientific fact to support that Friday the 13th is different from any other day, throughout history people have altered their behavior to be more cautious on these days. Some are still fearful on Friday the 13th of plane crashes, murders, freak accidents, you name it…

One Friday the 13th incident is one of the most harrowing stories I have ever heard. A living nightmare is what unfolded after a plane crash on Friday, October 13, 1972 in the desolate, snow covered Andes. The passengers of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 resorted to cannibalism in order to survive for 72 days after their plane crashed. The story is so notorious that it is the subject of numerous books and films. And it all started on Friday the 13th.

Alive: The story of the Andes survivors was written shortly after the accident.

Alive is the 1993 film inspired by the the true events.

Miracle in the Andes: 72 days on the mountain and my long trek home is written by one of the survivors Nando Parrado. I highly recommend at least checking out the movie.

What do you think about Friday the 13th?

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