Albuquerque, New Mexico (WiredPRNews.com) — Tales of bad luck and foreboding omens surround many an old wives’ tale. Kids would chant on the playground, “Step on a crack, break your mother’s back!” Bad luck was looming if one saw a black cat pass across their path or if an umbrella was opened indoors. Whatever the case may be, one of the oldest superstitions in the book is that of Friday the 13th.
According to OldSuperstitions.com, “The Scandinavian’s believed that the number 13 was unlucky due to the mythological 12 demigods being joined by a 13th, an evil one, who brought misfortune upon humans. It was also said that Christ was crucified on Friday and the number of guests at the party of the Last Supper was 13, with the 13th guest being Judas, the traitor.”
A new research study conducted by Dutch statisticians at the Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics (CVS) have found that Friday the 13th may, in fact, be safer than any other typical Friday throughout the year. The study which was published on Thursday confirmed that fewer mishaps, incidents of theft, auto accidents and reports of fire occurred on the mysterious 13th day of the month in contrast to the statistics of other Fridays.
Alex Hoen, a CVS statistician, told the Dutch Verzekerd insurance magazine, “I find it hard to believe that it is because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home, but statistically speaking, driving is a little bit safer on Friday 13th.”
Dutch insurance companies reported that within the last two years, there was an average of 7,800 traffic accident reports on each standard Friday, whereas the average amount of traffic accident reports on a Friday the 13 was only 7,500; a difference of 300 accidents.
Wired Special Interest Reporter