Friday the Thirteenth

Today is Friday the 13th. If you’re superstitious, you’re most likely under the impression that this is an unlucky day.  But… do you know why?  The reason for it remains pretty much a mystery, however Friday itself has been considered an unlucky day since the 14th century.  Many consider it a bad day to start a journey and various businesses consider it bad luck to start production on a Friday.  When you team that up with 13 being an unlucky number, you’re in for double-trouble!

The modern basis surrounding Friday the 13th and it’s “unluckiness” comes from Friday October the 13th, 1307.   This is the date that the Pope of the church in Rome, in Conjunction with the King of France, carried out a secret death warrant against “the Knights of Templar”. The Templars were killed as heretics.  There Grand Master, Jacques DeMolay, was arrested tortured and crucified.   The Templars never again regained the power that they had held for so many years.

Whether you’re superstitious or not, here are some fun facts about this special day for you to enjoy:

This is the second of three Friday the 13ths on the calendar for this year (2012) January, April and July. 

There is an actual “phobia” for folks who fear Friday the 13th and it is known as “paraskavedekatriaphobia.”  Try and say THAT three times fast!

The crash of Friday, Oct. 13, 1989 was the second largest drop in the Dow history. Talk about bad to worse; that crash doesn’t even rank in the top 10 today!

According to the Huffington Post, people in Spanish speaking countries fear Tuesday the 13th!  Who knew??

President Franklin D. Roosevelt suffered from triskaidekaphobia (Fear of the number 13)  It is said that he refused to travel on the 13th day of any month and would absolutely not host a dinner party with 13 guests.

Speaking of thirteen people around the dinner table; old folk lore has it that if there are 13 people at the table… one will die by the years end… Plus who really has china for more than 12 anyway!

Well Happy Friday the 13th to you all.  Seems like a good night to have a few people over, have dinner and watch a scary movie… as long as it’s 12 or less!

Until next time,

Don

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  1. Theresa

    Interesting info thanks for sharing. the start of my Friday the 13th was terrible. It has gotten better since and im chiilax’n with a glass of wine.

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