Another Friday the 13th has arrived – a day that often unnerves those superstitious or paraskevidekatriaphobia..
It's a day when avoiding ladders and black cats crossing your path might seem like a good idea.
While some fear Friday the 13th, others eagerly await it. For many, it's a prime time for visiting haunted houses, with some even opening beyond Halloween to celebrate the day.
When it occurs during the haunt season, Friday the 13th attracts larger crowds and adds more thrills. Tattoo parlors also consider it a kind of holiday.
Some tattoo parlors offer specials − as little as $13 for a simple 13 design. If you've been wanting a tattoo, perhaps today is the day!
The roots of the widespread fear and superstition surrounding Friday the 13th date back much further than Ohio and are more profound than the movie franchise of the same name.
The number 13 has a historical reputation for being unlucky or ominous. In Christianity, it's associated with the Last Supper where there were 13 people.
Not only that but the crucifixion of Jesus on a Friday. This superstition is so deeply rooted that some architects skip labeling the thirteenth floor.
Even in Viking mythology, the number 13 is seen as unlucky because it's associated with the feared god Loki.