Step on a crack, break your mother's back ... are you superstitious? Today, Friday the 13th, is often known as a day for misfortune, so if you are, now seems like a good time to explore a few Friday the 13th superstitions (and also maybe brush up on some strategies for escaping ski-mask-clad slow walker Jason Voorhees). In 2017, Friday the 13th happens twice, with the next one being in October — just in time for Halloween. And while some brush off the notion that the number 13 is bad luck, there is enough evidence in our culture to prove that many people take it very seriously.
Many multi-level buildings, for example, do not have a 13th floor. My old apartment building, which numbered apartments one through 15 on each floor, skipped the number 13 altogether and went straight from from 12 to 14. But while there is no real evidence that today is any more unlucky than any other day, if you do have a bad day today (for whatever reason) you can arm yourself with information about five Friday the 13th superstitions to dazzle your friends with over drinks tonight, because it is still Friday after all, and the moon is almost full.