Friday the 13th – Lucky or Unlucky?
Today is Friday the 13th!
Many people around the world believe that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day, even though there is no logical or scientific evidence to support this notion. Why then are we so weird about the 13th and more so when it lands on a Friday?
The origins of the superstition are unclear but our aversion may have religious origins. Some Christians believe Friday is unlucky because it’s the day Jesus was crucified, and 13 signifies the number of guests at the Last Supper, with the infamous Judas being the 13th person seated at the table. Numerologists and mathematicians both agree that 13 is “a bit beyond completeness,” falling as it does after the number 12, which is considered to be the perfect number. Think about everything that comes in twelves – 12 months in a year, 12 eggs in a carton, 12 Apostle’s, 12 Olympians, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 people on a jury, it’s pretty darn perfect! Then along comes 13 and it just doesn’t have the same swagger as 12, does it?
Anyway, whether you think it’s unlucky or not, grab your lucky charm, kick the black cat out of the way and check out these 13 fun facts about Friday the 13th and the number 13 in general.
1. Happy Birthday to you
Julia Louis Dreyfus , Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, , Steve Buscemi, Marco Andretti and Christopher Plummer were all born on Friday 13th.
2. Lucky number
Taylor Swift and the number 13 have an affinity with each other. In 2009 she told MTV “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,”
3. 13’s a crowd
Mark Twain was allegedly once invited to be the 13th guest at a dinner party. Despite, a superstitious friends warning against it he went anyway and Twain reportedly said, “It was bad luck. They only had food for 12.”
4. Very superstitious
In his No. 1 hit song “Superstition,” Stevie Wonder sings: “Thirteen-month-old baby, broke the lookin’ glass. Seven years of bad luck, good things in your past. When you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer. Superstition ain’t the way.”
5. Scarily entertaining
The 13th film in the “Friday the 13th” franchise is being developed by Paramount Pictures, with a Friday, January 13th,2017 release date.
6. Black Day
The band Black Sabbath released its debut album on Friday, February 13, 1970.
7. No fly day
Based on a true story the movie “Alive” tells the story of 14 survivors who spent two months in Andes after their plane crashed on Friday, October 13th 1972.
8. Too close for comfort
On Friday the 13th, 2029, a large asteroid will fly close enough to the Earth to be visible without a telescope in Africa, Europe and Asia, according to NASA.
9. Spellbound by fear
Paraskavedekatriaphobia,that’s the word for fear of Friday the 13th and the fear of the number 13 is triskaidekaphobia. Ortographobia is what I have – the fear of spelling words like these incorrectly.
10. It all starts with Sunday
You can only have a Friday the 13th in the months that begin with a Sunday.
11. Blame the person not the day
Who can forget Capt Francesco Schettino’s disastrous attempt to give people on Italian shore a close view of the Costa Concordia on Friday 13th, 2012, resulting in 32 deaths.
12. The birth of Hollywood
The iconic Hollywood sign was unveiled on Friday 13th, 1923, although it originally read Hollywoodland.
13. Could go either way.
The accordion was patented by Cyril Denianon on the Friday 13th January 1854