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5:45am — It’s Friday the 13th!

What could possibly go wrong?

You learn something new every day.

KOB-TV’s morning weather guy Steve Stucker (the man with the silly hat) has been telling us about the word "triskaidekaphobia," the word for fear of the number 13.

(2:05pm UPDATE: We just stumbled on an article on opinionjournal.com subtitled "The religious roots of triskaidekaphobia." What a lucky break!)

But did you know there’s a specialized word for fear of Friday the 13th? It’s "paraskavedekatriaphobia," a word only a Spelling Bee contestant could handle (if not love).

There’s even some evidence, according to this "Urban Legends" article from About.com, it may not be an entirely irrational fear. Even though fewer people tend to drive when a Friday the 13th comes around, it was found that the number of hospital admissions due to vehicular accidents was significantly higher than on "normal" Fridays, according to a 1993 study in the British Medical Journal.

The moral of the story? Stay home.

There’s an apocalyptic angle to this Friday the 13th thing we’d never heard about either.

We’ve all heard about that day on the Mayan calendar — the end of the 13th b’ak’tun (Dec. 12, 2012) — where something very, very big is supposed to happen (Just ask Mel Gibson). People apparently believe that date will mark the end of the world, but according to the Maya it’s said to be a time of rebirth.

The REAL end of the world, according to the Mayans, apparently will happen on Oct. 13, 4772 — which happens to fall on a Friday!

But before you rush to get your affairs in order, there’s a hint of good news we stumbled on this morning on lucianne.com — well, good news and bad news.

According to this short article on SkyNews.com, scientists have calculated the year when the human race will cease to exist — and it’s not on Friday the 13th, but on Halloween.

After analyzing millions of fossils from central Spain, a team of European geologists and palaeontologists have calculated mankind’s last hurrah as falling in the year 2,252,006 — more than two and a quarter million years from now, Sky News reports.

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