Friday the 13th has always got a bad rap and I am not personally a superstitious person but I do wonder why the Friday the 13th superstition stick so firmly in our minds? According to Thomas Gilovich, chair of the department of psychology at Cornell University, our brains are almost too good at making associations. “If anything bad happens to you on Friday the 13th, the two will be forever associated in your mind, and all those uneventful days in which the 13th fell on a Friday will be ignored,” Gilovich said in a statement in 13 Superstitions & Traditions Explained.
This got me thinking about other quirks and facts about this omnipotent day and I”ve got the definitive list of them right here:
1. On a Friday 13th in 1307 thousands of soldier monks of the powerful Knights Templar were massacred by French king Louis IV. Many people believe this is where our fear of the date springs from.
2. The scientific name for fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia (pronounced pair- uh – SKEV – vee – day – CAT – tree – uh – FOE – bee – uh) and Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.
3. Director of psychological thrillers Alfred Hitchcock was born on the 13th — Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, would have been his 100th birthday.
4. Fidel Castro was born on August 13, 1926 and Tupac Shacur was killed on Friday, September 13.
5. Several buildings and many hospitals have no room 13 and airline terminals avoid rooms and gates which are numbered 13.
6. Taylor Swift actually considers 13 to be her lucky number.
7. US President Franklin Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would not host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and US President Herbert Hoover were also said to suffer from triskaidekaphobia.
8. Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. “It was bad luck,” Twain later told the friend. “They only had food for 12.” In Paris, one can hire a quatorzieme, or a professional 14th guest, to remove the so-called bad luck brought by the number 13 as well as Friday the 13th.
9. There were three Friday the 13ths in 2012. Jan. 13, Apr. 13, and July 13. All exactly 13 weeks apart.
10. The next year in which we’ll have three Friday the 13ths is 2015. They’ll fall in February, March and November.
11. More than 60 million people worldwide claim to be affected by a fear of Friday 13th. Some of them won’t go to work, drive cars or get out of bed on the day.
12. Friday the 13th may not be as unlucky as people think. A 2008 Dutch study showed that fewer car accidents, fires and crimes occur on the said day, especially since superstitious would-be victims make an effort to stay out of harm’s way. According to CNBC, the US market has been up 80 times out of the past 140 occasions when the 13th of a month landed on a Friday.
13. And lastly…the thirteenth installment of the Friday the 13th film series is set to be released on Friday September 13th, 2013. That’s today!
Be sure to head over to the E-Boutique today for our TGIF13 sale – for today only we’re giving you 13% off everything in the store!