In case you have not looked at your calender, today is Friday the 13th.
It is supposed to be a day of BAD LUCK.
The number 13 is supposedly the most unlucky number. Friday is apparently the unluckiest day of the week. Put them both together and you better stay inside because nothing good can come out of such a day.
I have spent over 40 years doing informal, real informal, research in regards to this day. Every year I live through at least one Friday the 13th and in some cases, like in 2009, I lived through 3. I can honestly say that each time this unlucky day rolled around I did not notice any difference when compared to the other days.
The origin of the link between bad luck and Friday the 13th is murky at best. With all the internet surfing I did there does not seem to be a definitive beginning for this bad luck day. Did the whole thing date to Biblical times? Did it start in the Middle ages? Is this superstition simply something we have embellished in modern times?
Where ever it came from, we figured that it would be appropriate on Friday the 13th give you 7 facts about this much dreaded day and the number 13. After all, 7 is the number of perfection.
Seven facts about Friday the 13th and the #13
1. Fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13. Want to know what would be really scary? If someone could spell those words in a spelling bee.
2. Finnish researchers in 2004 claimed that men are no more likely to die in traffic accidents on Friday the 13th than on other Fridays but Finnish women have a two-thirds greater chance of getting killed in a Friday the 13th crash.
3. The British Navy built a ship named Friday the 13th. Not a good idea. On its maiden voyage, the vessel left dock on a Friday the 13th, and was never heard from again. (Note to self, don’t name my motorcycle Friday the 13th)
4. Famous people born on Friday the 13th. Butch Cassidy, notorious American train and bank robber, was born on Friday, April 13, 1866. Fidel Castro was born on Friday, Aug. 13, 1926.
5. Did you know that 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 President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.
6. If you are ever in a hospital, you may notice that many hospitals have no room 13. I have also heard that some tall buildings skip the 13th floor while airports will leave out gate # 13. Wonder if this is taking it too far?
7. The seals on the back of an American 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. I wonder if this is explains the USA’s present economic situation?
Tell us, do you think the #13 and Friday the 13th are bad luck?