If Friday 13th sends chills down your spine, then sit back and relax because there is no need to worry. According to Casumo.com, one Britain in six believes there is a bigger chance of bad luck befalling them, when this is not the case. In fact, there are actually half as many claims, reports the Mirror. "Friday the 13th still holds an odd power among the superstitious thanks to pop culture and enduring superstition from the Middle Ages, though many Brits still choose to make their own luck," said Gregory Tatton-Brown from Casumo.com. The problem is that the facts simply don't back up this fear - Friday 13th is actually considerably safer than average. When the figures for accidental damage and home insurance were looked into, it was revealed that there are half as many claims on Friday 13th than a typical day and the claims that were made were for less money. “Friday 13 is renowned for being unlucky, and our figures show Brits are as superstitious as ever,” said Adam … [Read more...] about Why it’s okay to sit back and relax on Friday 13th
There are many historical events steeped in tragedy which could relate to Friday 13th being considered the unluckiest day. From natural disasters to deaths, many appear to have happened on Friday 13th. Among them is the bombing of Buckingham Palace during the Blitz which saw one member of the Royal staff killed, to the death of American rapper, Tupac in 1996 at the height of his fame. There is even a name for this fear of Friday 13 - Paraskevidekatriaphobia, reports the Mirror. We look at how the fear of Friday 13th began, and the unlucky events taking place on this date that have led to millions of people throughout the world fearing it. There are a number of theories about the origins of Friday 13th and its association with all things unlucky. One theory is that the superstition stems from early Christianity, as Jesus Christ was crucified on a Friday and Judas Iscariot was the 13th guest at the Last Supper. While another is that the date associated with such bad fortune began later … [Read more...] about Should you worry about Friday 13th? Here’s some reasons to!
It is a date that strikes fear into the superstitious - one many avoid for booking a wedding or holding a party. Around 49 million Brits are said to fearful of Friday 13th, bound by the belief that bad things will and do happen on this date. Tupac died on a Friday 13th in 1996 and on this date during the Blitz Buckingham Palace was bombed. Kitty Genovese was also murdered on this unlucky day as no one called for help, in a phenomenon that became known as the Bystander Effect. Fear of Friday 13th even has its own name - Paraskevidekatriaphobia - and it is estimated to cost businesses up to £585m. But where did it come from? We look at how the fear of Friday 13th began, and the unlucky events taking place on this date that has led to millions of people throughout the world fearing it. How did it start? There are a number of theories about the origins of Friday 13th and its association with all things unlucky. One theory is that the superstition stems from early Christianity, as … [Read more...] about How unlucky Friday 13th began and the bad things that have happened on this date
Did you miss the April 1st edition of Taste&Flair? Get it Friday 13th April with the Malta Independent. 128 gorgeous pages of food and design - with Michael Diacono and Ryan Vella, Claire Borg and Adrian Bonello, as well Mark Pace, restoration of the old Macina and Part 2 of our Valletta Heritage Special. Fantastic photography by Brian Grech, Alexandra Pace and Alan Carville. Don't miss your second chance to get your copy of the April issue Friday 13th with The Malta Independent! Book a copy at your newsagent now! For advertising opportunities in Taste&Flair contact Sean Ellul on 00356 2134 5888 ext 123 or email him on [email protected] … [Read more...] about Missed the April issue of Taste&Flair? Get it Friday 13th with The Malta Independent
AN 18-YEAR-OLD student from Andover is preparing to undertake a charity skydive on a day that is unlucky for some but very special to him. Liam Holmes is aiming to raise £1,000 for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation by doing his first ever skydive on Friday 13 April. He said: “When I was seven I became very unwell and, after numerous tests, was diagnosed with acute liver failure. “I was placed on the super urgent transplant list and was lucky enough to receive my liver transplant within hours – on Friday, 13 April 2007. For me Friday 13th is a very lucky day. “Not only did I receive fantastic treatment at Kings College Hospital, but I also had outstanding support from Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF). They came to visit me in hospital and afterwards I was able to attend friendly, comforting support groups with other young people in my situation.” Since his treatment, Liam has strived to make the most out of life. Now … [Read more...] about 18-year-old ready to take on Friday 13th skydive