How much do you know about Friday the 13th?

Last Update: July 13, 2018

The longest time that can pass without a Friday the 13th is 14 months. There was only one Friday The 13th in 2011.

It is thought the former American President D. Franklin Roosevelt refused to travel on 13th day of any month, and would never have 13 guests to dinner, while Napoleon Bonaparte also feared the number 13.

Some hospitals do not have a room 13, while skyscrapers often skip 13th floor, airports avoid having gate 13.

Research by Property Agent Zoopla.co.uk found house No 13 costs £3,929 less on average than any other property, while a quarter of British Streets are built without a No 13.

The root of Firday the 13th phobia is not clear, but there's a belief in Christianity that Friday is an unlucky day of Christ Crucifixion, while number 13 was believed to be inauspicious because there were 13 people at the last supper.

13 also have a sinister connotations in Norse Mythology. An estimate of £550m is lost in business in US because of Friday the 13th phobia, which is said to affect 17 - 21m Americans, and lead to abscence from work, train and plane cancellation. Millions more around the world are affected.

A study in 2003 suggested people who thought they were unlucky should not go out on Friday the 13th as belief in itself could lead to trouble. Other research have indicated increase in traffic accidents on Friday the 13th, but Dutch scientists found fewer accidents & reports of fire on Friday the 13th than any other Fridays.

So whatever you belief is, enjoy today Friday the 13th.

Lanu.

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Daniel79 Premium
I believe the origins of Friday 13th was because on Friday 13th October 1307 King Philip IV ordered the arrests and death of a chap by the name of De Molay and hundreds of other Templar Knights .
I could be wrong though, because I wasn't around at the time ....or was I ..hmmmm ;-)
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Andy030 Premium
No I think that's right.
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Elijah1916 Premium
Definitely, the origin is unclear. You could be right. It's not important, but just that people are suspicious.
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Daniel79 Premium
Indeed your right about the origin being lost in the annuls of time. But lets be honest if you were a Templar on that particular day I think you may have had trouble finding a silver lining to the events that befell onto you
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Elijah1916 Premium
Could be. I am not disputing anything here.
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Elijah1916 Premium
Some seem to know a lot about these once powerful templar knights. I believe it is relevant to the history.
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3tripleA Premium
Cool insight. Thanks for sharing
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Elijah1916 Premium
A bit of history, and people's belief system my dear.
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karaokeman2 Premium
Apparently, it's unlucky to be superstitious :-)
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Elijah1916 Premium
Yes, for those who wants to live their life is fear, its unfortunate my dear.
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44Tina Premium
Hello thanks for the knowledge, have a great Friday the 13th!
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Elijah1916 Premium
Thank you, and one full of all wonderful and joyous things to you, and the whole family.
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realityshifter Premium
I recommend bringing with you a St. Benedict medal during Friday the 13th. It wards off evil.
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Elijah1916 Premium
Another superstition my dear. What wards evil is go out there, and do evil to no one.
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realityshifter Premium
So it worked! Thank god. You were spared from greater harm!
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