13/04/2012 05:51 BST | Updated 13/04/2012 06:40 BST

Friday 13th: Stories From Today's News Which Prove Today Is Unlucky

Hard-hats at the ready – it’s Friday the 13th.

Fear of this date is known as friggatriskaidekaphobia (named after "Frigg", the Norse goddess whom Friday is named after and "triskaidekaphobia" meaning the fear of "13".)

According to superstition it’s the unluckiest day of the year and is generally regarded as an unsuitable day to undertake journeys or begin new projects.

And all this seems to ring true after a quick scan of today's headlines:

The Brick Is Back: 'I know I'm beautiful because my daddy told me so'.

Kim Jong Un-lucky: North Korea's $815m rocket explodes into Yellow Sea shortly after take-off.

Gatwick Airport Temporarily Closed After Hot Air Balloon Strays Into Airspace: Bad news for travellers as outgoing flights are delayed.

Yuck Cluck! One in five chickens are contaminated with food poisoning bacteria.

Twitter Trolls: Alexandra Burke hires extra security after receiving online death threats.

Not So Funny: Ronnie Corbett hospitalised.

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