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Do you know what day it is? Yes, it’s Friday (TGIF and all that). But, it is also the 13th of the month. A Friday the 13th. Worried? Nervous? For many people, Friday the 13th is considered to be an unlucky day, and they will go out of their way to be prepared.

Luckily (some would say), the Windows Phone Store has plenty of apps that are there to help keep bad luck at bay, or at the very least give you some quiet reassurance that everything will turn out OK. We tried a bunch of them, and then picked the ones that seem to have the greatest potential.

Knock on wood



For starters, you could “knock on wood”, which many believe will help to alter the course of an unlucky situation. No real wood around? The free Knock on Wood app (pictured above) offers a variety of (virtual) wood types that you can knock until your knuckles are sore to help chase away black cats or other superstitious problems that cross your path. Each of the different woods also makes a nice reassuring sound when you tap the picture (the Maple tree bark is particularly convincing). And, if you want to prove that wood knock to the world, you can share your taps on Facebook, too.

Ward off the serious voodoo



Maybe you want to consult with some experts who can help you better understand the true nature of your superstitious mind … You could always have a little “chat” with Nate & Frenchy (shown above) – they are a pair of googly-eyed critters who claim to have ways of “Seeing” the things that may be giving you fits, and then offering some instant advice about how to proceed. (The app costs $0.99 in the Windows Phone Store, but there is also a free trial available.)

A personal palm reading



If you need to take matters into your own hands, fortunately you can with the free Palm Reader 7 app from Bee Sprout (they also have an app for Tarot Card readings, but that will have to wait for another day). Using the Palm Reader app, you actually take a picture of your own palm (a close up shot is best), and then you trace the lines for heart, head, life and fate across the photo – each line is color coded, so you can tell them apart. After you do this, you click the “Read palm” button to find out what your lines mean. From what I can tell about my own results, I should have nothing to worry about! (Knock on wood.)

When is the next Friday the 13th?

Need to know when the next Friday the 13th will be? Happily, there’s an app for that, too, so you can really be prepared. Simply named “Friday the 13th” this app lists the next one coming up on the calendar – along with the number of days until the event occurs – so you can stock up on the essentials and then spend the day safely tucked away from any possible unluckiness. In case you are wondering, the next one this year is in December, and then there won’t be another one until June 13, 2014. (There are three of them in 2015, however, so mark your calendars!)

Look out on Nokia’s Twitter channel for more Friday 13th fun over the course of today.

13 photo courtesy Todd Klassy.