Friday the 13th in Hoboken
Not sure about you, but I never had a fear or superstition about the famous unlucky day “Friday the 13th”. Frankly, 13 is my lucky number (especially in Roulette).
However, you can go check out Wikipedia and see some of the history behind Friday the 13th. Wacky stuff like famous birthdays such as The Olson Twins, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Fidel Castro. Or notable deaths like Tupac Shakur and Hubert Humphrey.
Wikipedia also notes:
It’s been estimated that [U.S] $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they would normally do.
Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they are simply unable to get out of bed when Friday the 13th rolls around. The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute estimates that more than 17 million people are affected by a fear of this day. Despite that, representatives for both Delta and Continental Airlines say that their airlines don’t suffer from any noticeable drop in travel on those Fridays.
A British Medical Journal study has shown that there is a significant increase in traffic-related accidents on Friday the 13ths.
I think this particular Friday is actually “opposite day” in Hoboken. Whereas most days can be pretty unlucky in town.
Whether it be bike accidents, brush fires, eating at a Taco Truck, pedestrian injuries or big giant street melee, I bet you’ll be able to find a parking spot, get a space at the bar, and generally have a good day today.
However, my suspicion is that if you LEAVE Hoboken today, you might be in for some bad luck. So play your cards right!
Do any of you do anything differently on Friday the 13th?