SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 10: A black cat enters the field of play during the round 18 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Cronulla Sharks at Pepper Stadium on July 10, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Not a very nice thought, buy you learn the saying somewhere between the ages of 5 and 7 and along with it are the legendary stories of what brings you bad luck. Today is Friday the 13th! Should you be afraid?

How unlucky Friday 13th began and the bad things that have happened on this date

It is a date that strikes fear into the superstitious - one many avoid for booking a wedding or holding a party. Around 49 million Brits are said to fearful of Friday 13th, bound by the belief that bad things will and do happen on this date.