Here’s some fun facts regarding Friday the 13th. (No, not the movie, the actual superstition.)
The fear of Friday the 13th = friggatriskaidekaphobia–If you say it three times while standing in front of a mirror, Biggy Smalls will pop a cap in your ass. (For those of you who don’t know, I totally bastardized a South Park episode there. 😉 )
Author Charles Panati theorizes:
The actual origin of the superstition, though, appears also to be a tale in Norse mythology. Friday is named for Frigga, the free-spirited goddess of love and fertility. When Norse and Germanic tribes converted to Christianity, Frigga was banished in shame to a mountaintop and labeled a witch. It was believed that every Friday, the spiteful goddess convened a meeting with eleven other witches, plus the devil — a gathering of thirteen — and plotted ill turns of fate for the coming week. For many centuries in Scandinavia, Friday was known as “Witches’ Sabbath.”
Another superstition (derived either from the Last Supper or Norse Myth): Having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.
(Thanks, Wikipedia, for such interesting information!)
Take home message–avoid Fridays and don’t eat dinner with 12 other people.
Also, the CW’s final episode of Smallville airs this Friday the 13th. (I don’t watch that show, but am somehow saddened by this.)