Is Friday the 13th bad for your health?

  title={Is Friday the 13th bad for your health?},
  author={Thomas J. Scanlon and Robert N. Luben and Francesca Scanlon and Nicola Singleton},
  journal={British Medical Journal},
  pages={1584 - 1586}
OBJECTIVE--To examine the relation between health, behaviour, and superstition surrounding Friday 13th in the United Kingdom. DESIGN--Retrospective study of paired data comparing driving and shopping patterns and accidents. SUBJECTS--Drivers, shoppers, and residents. SETTING--South West Thames region. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES--Numbers of vehicles on motorways; numbers of shoppers in supermarkets; and hospital admissions due to accidents. RESULTS--There were consistently and significantly fewer… 
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