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The Mysteries Surrounding Friday the 13th


Reporter: Melinda Zosh

Lynchburg, VA - Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day for many. And, this year, the infamous day has come three times.

When people think of Friday the 13th, one thing comes to mind.

"Bad things are supposed to happen, Jason, things like that," said Gary Fogarty.

"If you step on a crack you might break your momma's back or something like that," said Zaier Harden. "I've heard that if you see a black cat at night you might have bad luck."

Dr. Clifton Potter says some of these superstitions started in England.

"I remember saying why do you think Friday the 13th is unlucky and the reply is 'I don't know it's just always been that way hasn't it?'" said Dr. Potter.

For some, the day is associated with popular horror movies.

"I think we would all watch Friday the 13th movies back to back," said Rob Smith.

But Friday the 13th's been an infamous day long before 1980s teen scream thrillers. Experts say it dates back 2,000 years or more, long before movies, like Jason, came along.

"It's this whole business of people being executed on Friday and the 13th apostle being Judas," said Dr. Potter.

For others, 13 just seems like an unlucky number. It's also the first year since 1984 that we've had three Friday the 13ths.

"Wow, I guess this will be the first year of my life that we've had three Friday the 13ths," said Mark Tate.

The first one came in January, then April and now in July. Others, are more positive about Friday the 13th.

"Good things come in threes," said Smith.

"For me it's just like any other day, as a matter of fact, it was the biggest day of my life, the biggest promotion I've ever received," said Veronica Callaham.

Three Friday the 13ths are the most you can have in any calendar year. The next one will not be until September of next year.
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