There are many origins as to why the number 13 is considered unlucky or cursed. It has lunar implications-as in years with 13 full moons instead of 12 are supposed to be bad juju... It also has religious connections, as in the 13 people who were seated at the last supper, and one of those 13 betrayed Jesus. There are ancient codes and stories of betrayal surrounding the number 13, and so thru the ages, it's been passed down from generation to generation that it's generally an unlucky number. Then of course there's the horror movie franchise that started in the early 1980s about the drowning of Jason Voorhees at Camp Crystal Lake because the camp counselors were fooling around and not paying attention when he was in the water. Originally the killer was his deranged mother, but then the series brought him back from his watery grave to do the slashing from the 2nd movie forward.

Depending on one's beliefs and upbringing, you either embrace the notion as reality or you don't, or you simply don't care. Either way--whether you're bothered by the number 13, the movies with Jason and his Goalie mask, or some of the other superstitions surrounding the day Friday the 13th-here's a look at some things you can put into  practice here in Midland Odessa to get ready for tomorrow:

1. RUNNING 2 BLOCKS WITHOUT TRIPPING AND FALLING

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Everyone always trips and falls when they're being chased by the killer... Practice staying on your feet and you'll make it thru tomorrow with flying colors.

2. DON'T STAY IF THE HOUSE IS HAUNTED

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Hearing funny noises in the house? Don't go investigate--GET OUT!

3. TAKE THE CAR FOR AN OIL CHANGE AND BATTERY CHECKUP TODAY

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Whenever you can make it to the car trying to get away there's nothing worse than it not starting when the killer is 3 feet away and approaching quickly. Be ready so it'll start right up and you can peel outta there.

4. DON'T USE THE WORDS "I'LL BE RIGHT BACK"

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Because chances are you won't be. So let's not put THAT set of circumstances into play by not breathing those words into the universe tomorrow.

5. ALWAYS LOOK BEHIND YOU WHEN MOVING ABOUT

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If you're always looking back, nothing can sneak up behind you.

Tips for staying on solid ground on the day of superstitions and scariness. Feel free to share!

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