It’s Friday the 13th today.  While I am not a very superstitious person by nature, I do have friends who are.  I’m sure that one of the Friday the 13th movies will be playing on TV somewhere tonight.  I’ve never watched even one of them.  I hated scary movies when I was a kid and now they just look goofy.

 

Here are 10 fun facts about Friday the 13th:

  • 13 is said to get a bad rap because it follows the number 12.  12 is considered the number of completeness: 12 months in a year, 12 hours on a clock, 12 zodiacs, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 Apostles of Jesus etc.
  • The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia (pronounced pair- uh – SKEV – vee – day – CAT – tree – uh – FOE – bee – uh).  That’s a mouth full!
  • Every year has at least one and at most three Friday the 13ths.  The triple-threat occurs only once every 11 years.
  • 2012 is a triple-threat year and will have 3 Friday the 13ths.  The others occur in April and July.
  • According to Smithsonian Magazine “fear of the #13 costs American a billion dollars per year in absenteeism, train and plane cancellations,  and reduced commerce on the 13th of the month.”
  • Many hospitals do not have a room 13.  Some tall buildings skip the 13th floor and some airline terminals omit Gate 13.
  • About 20 million Americans alter they daily routine out of fear of Friday the 13th.
  • Four of the twelve Friday the 13th movies were released on a Friday the 13th.
  • Fidel Castro was born on Friday, August 13, 1956.
  • Tupac Shakur was killed on Friday the 13th.

 

Will you change your routine today because of Friday the 13th?  Do you contribute to the estimated billion dollars in lost revenue?

 

 

 

Comments

  1. I didn’t even know it was Fri. the 13th until I read your post, lol. Good write-up!

  2. Thanks for the post. This was really interesting to read.
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