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Friday the 13th is lurking at the end of this week to mess up your karma. If you believe in that sort of thing.

I have mixed feelings about Friday the 13th. I’ve had a couple where everything seemed to go wrong, and there have been some that have passed without notice.

Beyond the superstition and folklore surrounding the occurrence, and there is a lot, the belief in Friday the 13th largely seems to be a learned behavior in our society. As children we’re taught that Friday the 13th is unlucky, so it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy in a way. There’s even a phobia named for the “irrational fear of Friday the 13th” called “Paraskevidekatriaphobia.”

How Stuff Works put together a great article about Friday the 13th that’s definitely worth a read. It delves much deeper into our collective fears of Fridays and the number 13.

So what do you think: Is Friday the 13th just a day badly in need of a new PR person, or a dark, unlucky day?