Yet another Friday the 13th has arrived, bringing the usual superstitious chatter along with vows to avoid flying and other fear-inducing activities. Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday. Whether you think it’s unlucky or not, cross your fingers and check out these 10 facts about Friday the 13th.
1. The Superstition’s Origins Are Mysterious.
It’s unclear when Friday and number 13 became linked in the way we think of them today. There are no mentions of Friday the 13th before the 19th century.
2. Friday and 13 Are Associated With Jesus’ Crucifixion
While it is not proven, many historians believe that the origin of 13 being an unlucky number grew from the story of The Last Supper. Jesus had 13 guests at his last meal, and the 13th guest was Judas. Jesus was then crucified on a Friday. This is what has been pieced together over the years to explain where Friday the 13th got its bad rap.
3. It’s An Unlucky Day Only For Some
Friday the 13th is not universally seen as a day of misery. For example, in Italy, Friday the 17th and not Friday the 13th is considered to be a day that brings bad luck. In fact, the number 13 is considered to be a lucky number!
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5. Calendar Fact.
6. History Fact
7. This Date Has Its Own Official Phobia.
8. Bad Things Can Happen.
The movie “Alive” is based on the true story of a plane crash in South America on Friday, October 13, 1972. Fourteen survivors were found in the mountains more than two months after the plane went down.
9. Tuesday Is Also Terrifying.
In some Spanish-speaking countries, Tuesday (Martes) the 13th is considered bad luck. Tuesday is feared because it is the day of the week associated with the Roman god of war, Mars. There is a cautionary saying: “On Tuesdays, don’t get married, don’t take a trip and don’t leave your home.”
10. Bonus Fact: 13 Is Taylor Swift’s Lucky Number.
“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,” the singer told MTV in an interview in 2009.