Top 10 Facts About Friday The 13th

Friday the 13th has long been considered as an unlucky day by many people. Superstitious people believe that bad luck will strike during this day. But what is on Friday the 13th that connects it to bad luck?  Here are the top 10 facts that you might not know about Friday the 13th.

10. It’s an irregular number.

Number thirteen is considered as an irregular number. In contrast, twelve is a complete number. That is why twelve months comprise a year. There are twelve gods in Olympus and the hours of the clock. Superstitious beliefs derived from the Last Supper and Norse mythology that state thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one.

9. It causes bad luck.

Friday was regarded as an unlucky day. During this day, Jesus Christ died. In Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Friday was also considered as unlucky. In other professions, no one goes on a trip or start new projects on Friday. Jews and Muslims, groups considered blasphemous by Christians, worship on a Friday.

8. Its phobic.

The fear of Friday the 13th is called “Paraskavedekatriaphobia” which comes from three Greek words Paraskevi (meaning Friday), dekatreis (in English means thirteen), and phobia (which means fear).

7. It happens every year.

Months that begin on Sunday will have a Friday the 13th and there will at least be one Friday the 13th in one year. There were instances when there were as many as three Friday the 13ths in one year. In 2009, Friday the 13th happened in February, March, and November. In the leap year of 2012, there were Friday the 13th of January, April, and July.

6. It stops daily activities.

A recent survey conducted in Asheville, North Carolina revealed that 17 to 21 million Americans are affected by Friday the 13th and that they don’t book flights or even get out of bed. During Friday the 13th, it is estimated that $800 to $900 million is lost.

5. Some believers died. 

Rossini, the great composer, believed that Friday was an unlucky day and 13 an unlucky number. Ironically, he died on November 13, 1868, a Friday.

4. There are many vehicular accidents.

A 1993 research revealed that on Friday the 13th only few people were out driving than usual because they believed in superstition. However, there were more vehicular accidents despite having fewer vehicles.

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3. Many bills were filed.

In 1908, an Oklahoma senator broke tradition by filing 13 bills on Friday the 13th.

2. The asteroid will approach Earth.

On Friday the 13th of April 2029, the asteroid 99942 will make a close encounter with Earth.

1. Some are lucky.

Contrary to beliefs, Friday the 13th is not all that unlucky. For instance, a study conducted in 2008 revealed fewer car accidents, fires, criminality during Friday the 13th.  Another, the CNBC revealed that the US market went up in 8 out of 10 times during the last 140 times the 13th of a month was on a Friday.  Also, representatives from both Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines revealed that the airlines do not experience any considerable drop in departure on Friday the 13th


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