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Friday the 13th and Why Luck’s with You this Year

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Just hang on a little longer, you paraskevidekatriaphobics. Surviving your fear of Friday the 13th on Friday would free you for the rest of the year and until Feb. 13, 2015 -- though followed by two more Friday the 13ths next year.

This year’s solo occurrence is simply pure luck of the calendar. Friday the 13th popped up twice last year, and three times in 2012, all by July.

So this is one of those years for the many Americans with this debilitating fear to breathe a little easier, assuming they avoid any calamity by midnight.

And even if it’s little or no consolation, there’s another reason they are luckier than they think. By comparison, triggers for other phobias -- real or imagined -- are far more abundant.


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