Unlucky for some, or just another day? We look at 13 facts about one of the most superstitious days on the calendar…
1 Friday the 13th became a fearful day back in the 19th century. While both the number 13 and the day Friday were superstitious, the two weren’t seen as a documented modern unlucky pairing until 1869.
2 The fear of Friday the 13th is known as friggatriskaidekaphobia (derived from the Norse goddess Frigga which is where “Friday” comes from and triskaidekaphobia which means fear of the number 13).
3 Another term for this fear is paraskevidekatriaphobia. Devised by Dr. Donald Dossey, he told his patients that “when you learn to pronounce it, you’re cured!”
4 Many sea-fearing captains will dock their cruise ships until Friday the 13th is over.
5 A lot of buildings, such as hotels and flat blocks will entirely omit having a 13th room and even a 13th floor.
6 While there is no concrete origin as to why we’re so cautious of this day, one theory is that because the number 13 comes straight after 12, which is seen as a ‘safe’ and ‘complete’ number. There are 12 signs in the zodiac, for instance, and 12 hours on a clock.
7 In Scandinavian culture, they believe 13 signifies bad luck because their 13th deity in Nordic mythology, Loki brought great misfortune upon people.
8 It’s considered unlucky for 13 people to dine together, even more so on a Friday! It’s thought that the first person to rise from the meal with encounter serious misfortune.
9 Many people have found it cheaper to take their flights on Friday the 13th due to the collective global superstition surrounding the day.
10 It is widely believed that getting out of bed on the wrong side today will cause you to have bad luck, so be sure to get out on the right side!
11 Luckily there will only be two Friday the 13ths in 2017 — on January 13th and October 13th.
12 If a 31-day-month contains a Tuesday the 13th, the next month will have a Friday the 13th.
13 Forget the housework today — handling a brook, changing sheets or doing laundry on Friday the 13th are seen as unlucky!