Happening at least once per calendar year, Friday the 13th is generally seen as an unlucky day by those who are superstitious.
Personally, it’s just another day for me.
To make this an easier read, let’s run with point form notes on this infamous day:
Some trace the origins to biblical times where at Jesus’ Last Supper, there were 13 people present on the night of Thursday the 13th.
For those that are enthusiastic about the date’s unluckiness, 1:13 pm on Friday the 13th is the unluckiest time in the day.
1:13 pm can also be read as 13:13 via military time readings.
The massive movie franchise, Friday the 13th, has churned out 12 horror/slasher films. Maybe they’ll roll out one more to give them 13 films in total.
Interestingly, in Italy, they see Friday the 17th as a day of bad luck opposed to the 13th.
Triskaidekaphobia is the psychological term for fear of the number 13.
American rapper Tupac Shakur died on Friday the 13th, 1996
The Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground on Friday the 13th, 2012
A cyclone that took the lives of over several hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh happened on Friday the 13th, 1970.
This year, the Northern Hemisphere’s full Harvest Moon falls on…yep, Friday the 13th.
In 2002, based on an internal review of records, Dilip Rangnekar of Otis Elevators estimated that 85% of the buildings with Otis brand elevators did not have a floor named the 13th floor.
(Thanks to Wikipedia for this nugget.)
If you fear Friday the 13th, you’re part of the Paraskevidekatriaphobia club.
Alfred Hitchcock was born on Friday the 13th.
On Friday the 13th in 1989, a virus crashed IBM computers in Britain. This probably gave birth to the ever-popular “back-up systems” we rely on today.
The next Friday the 13th in 2019 happens in December.