Friday the 13th is here, and with it comes dread and fear. Some people fear Friday the 13th so much that they avoid leaving their houses whenever it occurs. There is even some slight scientific evidence that may prove there is reason to be fearful. According to Live Science, via a 1993 study:
“Researchers analyzed the traffic flow and number of injuries from car accidents on the southern section of London’s M25 motorway during the five months that the 13th fell on a Friday between 1990 and 1992.
They compared these numbers to data collected on Friday the 6th of the same months, and found that although there are consistently fewer vehicles on the road during the 13th — possibly as a result of superstitious people choosing not to drive that day, the researchers proposed — “the risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent” on the 13th.”
You can read the full article here. The point is, for those who believe in omens of this nature, data exists to support the point. If you read the full article, the researchers did admit that the research was not to be taken seriously. Still, it is pretty freaky.
How do you feel about Friday the 13th, and superstitions in general? Do you think there is substance to the belief? Or, is it just a bunch of nonsense? Vote now, or you are doomed!