Friday the 13th - A Very Unlucky Number

What is it about triskaidekaphobia that makes you very unlucky? What? You don't know what triskaidekaphobia is? It is an extreme superstition regarding the number 13. It is the reason we have slash em movies like Friday the 13th and why Jason Vorhees can be so popular. It also the reason why we don't have 13 floors in hotels or there is no room 13 in a hospital. In fact, Friday the 13th is a very scary day because it is a day where there are more bizarre accidents that happen.

Could it be a coincidence, or is it that the number 13 is just unlucky? Friday the 13th seems to be a day of random accidents. Unlike a full moon, which possibly has a scientific explanation of why these lunar days can make some people go loony, Friday the 13th is surrounded by mysticism, religion, and just pure lack of luck.

Take the accident at Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival, for example. Rumor has it that a 13-year old boy attending the event on Friday the 13th and at 13:13 (1:13 pm) he was struck by lighting. Now, he was luckier than most who are struck by lighting because he survived, supposedly without complications.

On Friday, 13 October 1307 King Philip the IV of France ordered the Knights of the Templar arrested and all of their property seized for crimes against Christianity and false idol worship. Many were tortured until they "confessed", but more likely did a confession because of the torture inflicted upon them.


What do have to look to forward to on future Friday the 13th's? Well, a potentially dangerous asteroid could possibly pass close to Earth on April 13, 2029. The asteroid probably will not hit Earth, but the gravitational pull could bend its orbit.More than likely what you will notice, is just another pretty light in the sky.

As avid readers and writers of spooky things we should all know that Alfred Hitchcock was born on Friday the 13th. Oh yes, the master of creepy would celebrate his birthday on the scariest day of the year. Maybe it was destiny?

On Friday, September 13, 1940 the Nazi's dropped a bomb on Buckingham Palace. In fact, 5 bombs hit Buckingham palace that day.

On Friday, October 13, 1972 a plane crashed in the Andes Mountains. Those who survived the crash and the avalanche eventually resorted to cannibalism to survive.

In 1970 on Friday, November 13th in one of the most catastrophic natural disasters, a tsunami killed 500,000 people.

On January 13, 2012, the cruise ship Costa Concordia crashed off the coast of Italy. 30 people died.

Tupac is shot and dies 5 days later on Friday the 13th. I'm sure many other more important people have died on that day, too.

Sam Patch, the famous daredevil jumper who had survived jumping Niagara Falls, died on Friday, November 13, 1829 on his last jump. Maybe people shouldn't be jumping anything on Friday the 13th?

In Australia, a fire killed 36 people on January 13, 1939. A total of 71 people died that month and 75% of the state was burned. 700 homes were destroyed. 7 and 13 seem to be persistent throughout this topic.

1,000,000 people lose power because of the infamous "Friday the 13th" blizzard in New York on October 13, 2006.

Throughout history the number has had its bad luck as well. The Last Supper before the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ was held on a Thursday. The 13th guest at the Last Supper was Judas--the person who betrayed Jesus.

Sure, some might claim that the events are just notable because of the date they happened, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. I picked 13, there are many, many more.




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