Is Friday the 13th Really a Recipe For Disaster?
Calling all triskaidekaphobics – Friday the 13th is here once again. While one shouldn’t believe every superstition as the cause of misfortune, there’s no denying that some alarming disasters have been tied to this “cursed” date.
For one thing, the economy tends to take a hit on Friday the 13th. According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, $700-$800 million is lost on the day because of people afraid to shop, travel, or conduct business (and those were pre-coronavirus numbers). Anxiety is a potential factor in the tendency for increased car accidents, too.
But it’s also a day for truly unpredictable weather, including:
It may also cause some to reconsider their travel plans:
While these are freak accidents that are pretty hard to prepare for, there’s one we already know about that resilience professionals should keep a wary eye on: An asteroid is scheduled to come within 22,000 miles of the Earth on April 13, 2029, and its gravitational effects could create a number of related problems.