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Lily85 于2013-04-08发布 l 已有人浏览
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如果你相信每月13号星期五(paraskevidekatriaphobia)是个厄运号的话,那今天(4月13号星期五)可不是个好日子。的确,对paraskevidekatriaphobia持相信态度的人对每月13号
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If you have paraskevidekatriaphobia, today is not your day. That’s right, paraskevidekatriaphobia is fear of Friday the 13th and the accidents, mishaps and misfortunes thought by some to occur on that day. But is there anything really to fear?
如果你相信每月13号星期五(paraskevidekatriaphobia)是个厄运号的话,那今天(4月13号星期五)可不是个好日子。的确,对paraskevidekatriaphobia持相信态度的人对每月13号星期五很害怕,他们觉得交通事故、不幸和灾难往往会发生在那一天。这是真的吗?

In fact, a study was conducted and published back in 1993 in the British Medical Journal that looked at hospital admissions due to accidents on one Friday the 13th compared with the previous Friday the 6th. Theresearchers tracked traffic on a highway in one area and found that many fewer cars were on the road on the 13th. Perhaps due to people being leery of driving on that day.
事实上,1993年的《英国医学杂志》发表了一项研究结果。这项研究对13号星期五的交通事故入院率同6号星期五的交通事故入院率做了比较。研究人员对某一地区的高速公路进行了跟踪,发现很少有私家车在13号上路。或许是由于人们对那天抱有戒心。

But hospital admissions in that area due to traffic accidents was actually higher. Forty-five people were admitted on the 6th but 65 people were admitted on the 13th.
但该地区因交通意外而住院的人确实较往常更多。6号入院45人,而13号则有65人。

The researchers concluded that a few people were indeed unlucky. On that Friday the 13th. In that part of England. Then again, what you really needed for this study was a control group that stays home, only to slip in the bathtub.
研究人员得出结论:有些人确实不走运——就是13号星期五英格兰地区的那几个人。话又说回来,要真正完成这一研究你还真需要一个实验参照组,实验人员都呆在家,但不料竟在浴缸里滑倒。

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