Friday 13, an unlucky day for some
January 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM
People who believe that today-Friday 13 is unlucky will refuse to leave their homes and a few will not even come out of bed.

NZherald reports the fear of Friday the 13 is known by one of two names, paraskevidekatriaphobia (stemming from the Greek word for Friday 13 and fear), or friggatriskaidekaphobia (Friday derives its name from the Norse goddess Frigga and triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13).

On Friday August 13, 2010 a 13-year-old boy was struck by lightning at Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival in Suffolk and the time when St John Ambulance volunteers treated him was also 13.13.

An aircraft crashed in the Andes on Friday 13 October, 1972, survivors had to resort to cannibalism, eating the dead passengers to survive before being rescued more than two months later.

Reports have also been received that on this day a heavy metal band Black Sabbath released their eponymous debut album.

In addition, a virus programmed to delete files struck IBM computers across Britain on this day.

Friday 13 May, 1927 became known as Black Friday after the stock market in Berlin collapsed.

There will be three Friday the 13 this year including today and two in April and July.