Perhaps, Friday The 13th is the day superstitious people fear the most. Many people are nervous on this day since it’s believed to be the unluckiest ever. Those who fear the day, as well as the number, think twice before doing anything.
Whether it’s meeting friends, traveling, dining at a colleague’s house or doing engaging in any other activity, everyone would want to be very vigilant on Friday The 13th. However, what makes it one of the most dreaded in the calendar? In this post, we will share some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Friday The 13th.
- The anxiety that surrounds Friday the 13th may have biblical origins since the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is believed to have occurred on a Friday. Also, there were thirteen guests present at the Last Supper. According to the New Testament, Apostle Judas, who later betrayed Jesus was the 13th person considering the seating arrangement at the table on that day.
- Friday the 13th comes in threes. If you dread the day, don’t worry because it can only happen thrice in a year at the most. Unluckily, it must come once in a year. Therefore, the maximum you go without witnessing Friday the 13th is fourteen months.
- Taylor Swift, a famous Pop star, believes thirteen (13) is her lucky number. She feels connected to Friday the 13th. “I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first #1 song had a 13-second intro,” she told MTV in 2009.
- Studies that have been carried out on the Friday the 13th suggests that it may not be unlucky after all. There’s very little evidence to demonstrate that it’s indeed an unlucky day. Research have revealed that Friday the 13th has little or no influence on events like natural disasters, hospital visits, and accidents.
- According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, it’s estimated that the economy of United States loses about 800 to 900 million dollars in every Friday The 13th most people avoid traveling by air or stop doing business.
- Friday The 13th inspired one of the highest grossing film series. In fact, the commercially successful Friday The 13th includes a television series, 12 horror movies, and many books which focus on superstitious and curses. While the television series and the films were heavily criticized, they have a huge following. Jason Voorhees, a major character in the films wore a mask that’s one of the most common images in popular culture today.
- During the Second World War, 5 German bombs hit Buckingham Palace in the United Kingdom on Friday, September 13th, 1940, and damaged the Palace Chapel. This was part of the Hitler’s tactical “Blitz” bombing campaign.
- In the 80s, the Thirteen Club was established to debunk the superstition surrounding the number 13. The 13 members of the group always meet every 13th of the month to have dinner together, do everything that is otherwise regarded ominous -such as throwing salt and breaking mirrors –and record the number of members who die over time. Finally, it became a 400-member group which even included some US presidents.
- On Friday, October 13th, 1989, the United States’ stock exchange suffered a massive crash. The day is sometimes known as “Black Friday.”
- Former United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt allegedly had a great fear of Friday the 13th. He was not keen on scheduling any trip for the 13th day of any month, avoided starting a journey on a Friday, and would never host thirteen people at the dinner table.