Today is Friday, which is usually a good thing because it means that the weekend is only a couple of hours away. But today is also the 13th day of the month. This combination makes people around the world feel awkward. That is mainly because Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in many countries. Superstitious people even take a day off from work and do not leave the house on this special day.
But is the fear of this day really justified? Statistics from a big insurance company show that there are around 10 percent fewer insured losses on a Friday the 13th than on other Fridays. Data from the German automobile club ADAC come to a similar conclusion. The number of car accidents on a Friday the 13th is much lower than on a regular Friday. The explanation for this could be that people are expecting this day to be unlucky and therefore act more carefully.
Robots as useful household help
If you want to prevent an unlucky day, just stay at home and let our Tinkerbots do the work. Thanks to our modular building set, you have the chance to build multiple robots that make your life easier. Start the day with building a Braitenberg vehicle and let it search your home for possible tripping hazards. You can set up the robot easily with your smartphone or tablet and let it drive autonomous to remove all obstacles.
With the Sensoric Mega Set from Tinkerbots you can also build a Grabber Base. This robot can help you to eat, because it is way too dangerous to eat with a sharp item like a fork. In contrast, the grabber is not dangerous at all and it can operate your food from the plate directly into your mouth. The robot can be controlled with our Tinkerbots app or via record and playback mode. So, with a bit of caution and the help from Tinkerbots you should definitely survive Friday the 13th.
The worst things that happened on a Friday the 13th:
Plane crash in the Andes on Friday the 13th, October 1972.
The death of rap legend 2pac on Friday the 13th, September 1996.
A cyclone killed 500.000 people in Bangladesh on Friday the 13th, November 1970.
A big stock exchange crash on Friday the 13th, October 1989.
The sinking of the cruise ship Costa Concordia on Friday the 13th, January 2012.