Friday the 13th is 3 days away. Anyone scared? Anyone afraid?
Interesting Myths, Legends, and Facts about Friday the 13th.
Friday the 13th is said to be the most widespread superstition in the United States today.
The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from biblical times when the 13th guest at the Last Supper betrayed Jesus.
- Some people won’t go to work on Friday the 13th
- Some won’t eat in restaurants
- Many wouldn’t think of setting a wedding on the date.
- Many buildings don’t have a 13th floors
- Some airplanes don’t have a 13th row
- Many hospitals have no room 13.
- Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue.
Interesting Information about Friday the 13th
Fear of Friday the 13th – one of the most popular myths in science – is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.
Butch Cassidy, notorious American train and bank robber, was born on Friday, April 13, 1866.
Fidel Castro was born on Friday, Aug. 13, 1926.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.
Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.
The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary.
There are 13 witches in a coven.
The seals on the back of a dollar bill include 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 stars above the eagle’s head, 13 war arrows in the eagle’s claw and 13 leaves on the olive branch.
The Flag of the United States of America has 13 stripes on the flag, 13 stars and stripes on The National Seal. The details of the Seal reveal more symbolism. The Eagle has 13 tail feathers in each wing and holds 13 arrows and 13 olive branches. Our national motto has 13 letters, thirteen was the number of original colonies.
Spooky Legends, Myths, Stories about Friday the 13th
Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. “It was bad luck,” Twain later told the friend. “They only had food for 12.”
The ill-fated Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST on Apr. 11, 1970. The sum of the date’s digits (4-11-70) is 13 (as in 4+1+1+7+0 = 13). And the explosion that crippled the spacecraft occurred on April 13 (not a Friday). The crew did make it back to Earth safely.
If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil’s luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names).
On Friday, January 13, 1939 Australias Black Friday Brush Fires caused widespread damage.
On Friday, October 13, 1972 the plane carrying Uruguays entire winning Olympic rugby team crashed into the Andes mountains.
On Friday, October 13, 1972 the musical group Black Sabbath debuted a landmark album.
Friday, October 13, 2006 Lemony Snickets 13th book in A Series of Unfortunate Events was released.
On Friday, October 13, 2006 The Friday the 13th Storm struck Buffalo, New York.
On Friday, June 13, 2008 respected journalist Tim Russert died suddenly. He was 58 years old and 5 + 8 = 13.
The release date on the latest in the series of Friday the 13th horror flicks draws on the date of February 13, 2009.
Looking further ahead, On Friday, April 13, 2029 Asteroid 99942, Apophis, will pass very close to Earth. If it makes landfall, its impact could create major climate and other changes affecting the entire planet.
Never change your bed on Friday; it will bring bad dreams.
If you cut your nails on Friday, you cut them for sorrow.
Don’t start a trip on Friday or you will encounter misfortune. Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck, as in the tale of H.M.S. Friday. One hundred years ago, the British government sought to quell the longstanding superstition among seamen that setting sail on Fridays was unlucky. A special ship was commissioned and given the name “H.M.S. Friday.” They laid her keel on a Friday, launched her on a Friday, selected her crew on a Friday, and hired a man named Jim Friday to be her captain. To top it off, H.M.S. Friday embarked on her maiden voyage on a Friday — and was never seen or heard from again.
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