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DID YOU KNOW: Friday The 13th

Fun Friday the 13th Facts

The morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th is called “friggatriskaidekaphobia” or “Paraskevidekatriaphobia”. As many as 21 million Americans may suffer from “friggatriskaidekaphobia".

Both the sixth day of the week and the number 13 have had foreboding reputations since ancient times.

The tradition of 13 being unlucky is believed to originate with Hindus in Asia -- holds that it is bad luck for 13 people to gather.

A variation is that if you have 13 at dinner one person will be dead in a year.

There were also 13 people at the Last Supper...including the one who betrayed Jesus.

The Friday the 13th uneasiness is believed to be the most prevalent superstition in the US.

A 1993 study in the British Medical Journal determined that although fewer people drive on Friday the 13th compared to other Fridays, the risk of having to go to the hospital because of a car accident is 52% higher.

Having 13 letters in your name is a bad sign. Just ask Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy, Albert De Salvo and Jack the Ripper.

In the time of the Pharoahs, the number 13 was a good thing. There were 12 stages of life, followed by the 13th afterllife. Unfortunately, the theory goes, the 13 eventually became a symbol of death.

On Friday, October 13, 1307 mass arrests took place targeting the last few thousand of the Knights Templar. One theory holds that this Friday the 13th became a symbol for ill fortune. Although dark omens have long lurked with both Fridays and the number 13, it turns out there is not much evidence before the 19th Century of “Friday the 13th” being that big a deal.

Some think it’s mostly a 20th Century creation spurred on by the public media. The earliest known documented reference in English occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards' 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini.

The 12 Friday the 13th films have grossed $465 million according to wikipedia.

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