Superstition holds that when the thirteenth day of the month falls on a Friday, it’s bad luck. It happens at least once a year, at the most three times. Hotels, hospitals and cruise ships commonly don’t have a 13th floor because of it. Some people don’t travel on Friday the 13th and many who do are extra careful.
Men’s Health magazine rated cities in the United States for luck by adding up a number of factors including the most lottery and sweepstakes winners, deadly lightning strikes, most hole-in-ones and others.
This gallery, based on the Men’s Health’s study gives us the 13 most unlucky cities in America.
A couple other Friday the 13th facts
- Any month’s thirteenth day will fall on a Friday if the month begins on a Sunday.
- Those with a irrational fear of the day are said to have friggatriskaidekaphobia.
- The dollar bill features 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 stars above the eagle’s head and in its right talon holds an olive branch with 13 leaves and 13 olives.
Flickr photo by MissTurner