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A Very Unlucky Friday the 13th Playlist

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I hope you didn't walk under any ladders or cross any black cats today, because then you'd have a double dose of bad luck on this unluckiest of calendar dates. The superstition around Friday the 13th dates back to late 19th century but persists today. Fear of the date is known as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Here, six songs to get you in the mood for the, um, holiday.

"Superstition" by Stevie Wonder

The classic song is performed on Sesame Street.

"I Ain't Superstitious" by Willie Dixon

Here, Jeff Beck performs the song with Rod Stewart.

"Superstitious" by Europe

The video for this 1988 hit was filmed at an old castle on Long Island.

"That Old Black Magic" by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer

Ella Fitzgerald was one of many popular singers who did this song. Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. also sang the Glenn Miller standard.

"I Feel Lucky" by Mary Chapin Carpenter

A cover of this hit country song was covered by the Chipettes for a Chipmunks album.

"Born Under a Bad Sign" by John Mayer and Gary Clark, Jr.

Originally recorded by Albert King in 1967, this tune has been called "a timeless staple of the blues."

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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