Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

- North Carolina's Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute claims businesses lose up to $900 million in sales and productivity on a Friday the 13th


Flying Is Cheaper On Friday The 13th: A survey by reveals that flying on Friday the 13th is 14% cheaper than on any other day. The savings are due to a collective fear of flying on the unluckiest day of the year. A Kayak spokesperson tells the Daily Telegraph: “Flight prices are, of course, based on demand, so the data indicates that people really are superstitious enough that they would prefer not to fly on Friday 13th.”

The flight comparison site Momondo says flights are 33% cheaper on Friday the 13th.

The price of hotel rooms stays the same


Have No Fear: The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute estimates that $800 to $900 million is lost every time a Friday the 13th occurs. They say most of the loss stems from travelers, who avoid doing business or flying on Friday the 13th. National Geographic says between 17 million and 21 million people in the U.S. suffer from a fear related to the day.


Friday the 13th Makes People Stay Home

A survey by Mecca Bingo reveals that 5% of people won't leave their house on Friday the 13th. Other findings:

- 80% of people are superstitious.

- 36% of superstitious people have lucky socks.

- 35% of superstitious people knock on wood

- 35% of superstitious people have lucky pants

- 23% of superstitious people believe a lucky coin wards off bad luck

- 22% of superstitious people keep their fingers and toes crossed for good luck

- 7% of people are superstitious on Friday the 13th



Mirror Mirror

A survey by Warner Bros reveals that 21% of people follow superstitions on Friday the 13th. Other findings:

- 34% of people will act with caution or look out for omens of good or bad luck on Friday the 13th

Top 10 Fears, Superstitions and Signs of Bad Luck

1. Breaking a mirror

2. Walking under a ladder

3. Friday 13th

4. Opening an umbrella indoors

5. A black cat crossing your path

6. The sight of a single magpie

7. Spilling salt

8. Placing shoes on the table or on the bed

9. Treading on cracks in the pavement

10. Walking over three drains



A survey by Harris reveals that just 33% of people believe finding and picking up a penny is good luck. Other findings:

- 24% of people believe the groom and bride should avoid each other before their wedding because it's bad luck

- only 23% of people believe "7" is a lucky number

- only 21% of people believe knocking on wood prevents bad luck

- only 20% of people believe walking under a ladder is bad luck

- only 14% of people believe Friday the 13th is an unlucky day

- only 14% of people believe breaking a mirror is bad luck

- only 13% of people believe throwing spilled salt over the left shoulder prevents bad luck

- only 12% of people believe "13" is an unlucky number

- only 7% of people believe stepping on a crack is bad luck