Friggatriskaidekaphobia, or fear of Friday the 13th, is not warranted, studies show. But researchers note some effects – such as lower economic productivity and stock market losses – as a result of superstition-induced changes in people's behavior.
With polls showing that Americans are concerned about the safety of the swine flu vaccine, government health officials are being dispatched across the US to make the case for vaccination.
Keys for pink-slip recipients include directness, dignity, and forward motion.
A raffish alternative to button-down Yankee Stadium, Shea, the home of the Mets, has always attracted a Kmart crowd, the kind of fan who has to go to the prom with a friend.