Today is Friday the 13th, a day that fills many people with dread. But why? It’s just another Friday and just another 13th day of the month. But for eons, when the 13th falls onto a Friday, people have freaked. Myself, I love Friday the 13th. I was born on a Friday the 13th and wore that fact like a badge of honor. In fact, there is a superstition that being born on a Friday the 13th is actually a lucky thing. So what’s the deal with Friday the 13th being thought to be so terrible? Here are five fascinating facts about Friday the 13th:
How Did Friday the 13th Become Creepy? 1 of 5
There is no clear reason why Friday the 13th became "unlucky," and it appears to be an oral tradition, not something stemming from a definable source. But it seems to be the combination of both the number 13 and the day Friday. The number 13 has been considered unlucky for centuries, and Friday has gotten a bad rap. ABC news reported that "Friday has been considered unlucky for a number of reasons, from the religious — Jesus was crucified on a Friday — to the financial. Black Friday has been associated with a number of stock market crashes. Frigga (Frigg) was a Scandinavian love goddess, worshipped on the sixth day of the week. Christians called Frigga a witch, and considered Friday to be the witches' day."
Big Word 2 of 5
Is it Really Unlucky? 3 of 5
Researchers at the Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics discovered something very interesting: not only is Friday the 13th not more dangerous than other days of the month, but it is actually safer! Reuters reported, "There were also fewer incidents of fire and theft," and one reason may be because people are more cautious on Friday the 13th.
Flying 4 of 5
While there have been some reports saying that people will avoid flying on Friday the 13th, it's generally as hectic as any other Friday. But one Delta rep said that often people will request not being booked with a seat in the 13th row.
And this week there was a flight on Friday the 13th numbered 666 on its way to HEL (the airport code for Helsinki). Yes, flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th. Awesome. "It has been quite a joke among the pilots" said veteran Finnair pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto. "I'm not a superstitious man. It's only a coincidence for me."
Notable Friday the 13th Birthdates 5 of 5
There are many famous folks who were born on Friday the 13th, like Samuel Beckett above. Others born on this day include: Fidel Castro, Peter Tork from the Monkees, Christopher Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nate Silver, Harrison Ford, Thomas Jefferson, Stevie Wonder, Jacqueline Bisset, Mel Torme, Margaret Thatcher, Mary Todd Lincoln, and twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
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