Some Travelers Superstitious on Friday the 13th, While Others Don’t Care

Tourists at Fort Lauderdale Beach give their opinions on "Freaky Friday"

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    Tourists at Fort Lauderdale Beach give their opinions on "Freaky Friday" and what it means, if anything. NBC 6's David Jeannot interviews Marcus Ellington, Ehab Saad, Tiago Costa, Alexandria Holbrook, Akilah Ballard, and Henry Fraser. (Published Friday, July 13, 2012)

    Mark your calendars everyone – today is the third and final Friday the 13th of this year.

    Not that Marcus Ellington is bothered.

    “I walk on cracks for fun. I dodge black cats, just for giggles, so it doesn’t bother me at all. As you can see I’m not the right person to ask, as I’m wearing an ‘I have issues T-shirt.’ Ha ha ha!” said Ellington, who was at Fort Lauderdale Beach on a visit from New York.

    For some people, Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day, and others just have a fear of the number 13. Some of those who are very superstitious refuse to leave their homes on this day, go to work, or literally do anything associated with the number 13.

    “I wouldn’t say I believe in the superstitions, but I do like to be cautious on Friday the 13th,” said Ehab Saad, a visitor from Canada.

    Vacationer Tiago Costa said what sticks out to him is the black cat.

    “I don’t really even know what that means,” Costa said. “So you don’t want to see any black cats on your vacation? No, I don’t think so.”

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    Alexandria Holbrook, who was relaxing at the beach, said she is not that superstitious – but she does use this day to her advantage.

    “I just make account of what day it is and if anything bad happens I just blame it Friday the 13th,” she said.

    But Akilah Ballard from Connecticut wasn’t buying any of it.

    “I think it’s ridiculous and that it’s a lie and people believe in nonsense,” Ballard said.

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