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Friday the 13th: Fun facts about the unluckiest day of the year (w/ video)

It's the month of October, and it's also Friday the 13th.

Combining the spookiest day of the year with the spookiest month is enough to unnerve even the bravest among us.

Here are some fun facts about what many believe to be the "unluckiest" day of the year.

• The fear of a Friday that falls on the 13th day of a month is coined (get ready): paraskavedekatriaphobia, as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. And if you fear the number 13 itself, you may have Triskaidekaphobia.

• English film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899 – so Friday, August 13, 1999 would have been his 100th birthday. Known as the "Master of Suspense," Hitchcock pioneered psychological thrillers and made his directorial debut in 1922 with a movie called Number 13. Some of his most well known movies are Psycho, Vertigo and Rear Window.

• Many high-rise buildings do not have a 13th floor and many hospitals and hotels across the world skip having a Room 13.

•Thirteen is actually Taylor Swift's lucky number. She was born on Dec. 13 and turned 13 on a Friday the 13th. On top of that, her first album went gold in 13 weeks and her first No. 1 song had a 13-second intro.

• The commercially successful Friday the 13th enterprise comprises 12 horror movies, a television series and several books. The mask worn by the key character in the films, Jason Voorhees, is one of the most known images in popular culture.

• The ill-fated Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST on Apr. 11, 1970. The sum of the date's digits (4-11-70) is 13 (as in 4+1+1+7+0 = 13). And the explosion that crippled the spacecraft occurred on April 13. The crew did make it back to Earth safely, however.

• On Friday, October 13, 1989, the stock exchange suffered a major crash. The day is considered the second most damaging in market history.

While some past events have been curious, there is little evidence to show that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. Many studies have found that the day-date combo had little to no effect on events like accidents, hospital visits or natural disasters.

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