Flake-out Friday the 13th! * EEEP!!!! *


The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia.

But what makes Friday the 13th so bad?

In numerology, 12 is considered a complete number (12 months, 12 hours on the clock, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 Gods on Mount Olympus), while 13 is considered unlucky because it ruins the completeness of 12. Based on the Last Supper, some believe having 13 people at dinner is unlucky and will result in the death of one of the diners.

But what about Friday? Don’t we always say TGIF?

Well, some believe Jesus was crucified on a Friday. It was also popular belief to avoid starting projects or journeys on a Friday (thanks to The Canterbury Tales).

Other countries may not agree about the Friday thing, though. In Spanish-speaking countries and Greece, Tuesday the 13th is the culprit. Mars tends to rule Tuesday, Constantinople to the Ottomans fell on a Tuesday, and in Greek, the word for Tuesday is “Third Day,” and don’t we know, bad things come in threes.

What’s the big deal?

Well, Friday the 13th costs a lot of money!

Seriously.

People are so afraid of the day, that they call in to work, take the day off, and just avoid all activity whatsoever.

Go figure.

(Thanks to Wikipedia for all the fun facts!)

Is it safe to come out now?

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15 comments on “Flake-out Friday the 13th! * EEEP!!!! *

  1. I hope we all stay safe today lol 🙂

  2. Catherine Johnson says:

    How interesting, Laura! I must brush up on my Canterbury Tales knowledge, I’ve been in the museum so many times in Canterbury.

    I hope nothing is too scary today, it’s my birthday 🙂

  3. Sheri Larsen says:

    Ooh, I actually knew the whole 12 explanation. I’m feeling pretty smart at the moment. lol What about the number 7? Any deets?

  4. Lynn Rush says:

    Wow. What an interesting post. I can’t believe Friday the 13th costs so much money like you said. It’s my hubby’s BIRTHDAY today, too. Yay!

  5. Kendall Grey says:

    Too funny! I didn’t know a lot of these facts. Thanks for enlightening me. Happy Friday the Thirteenth! 😉

  6. Reece says:

    Hey, cool! These are some fun little tidbits!

    Quick question: do you do interviews?

  7. Stephanie says:

    This might call down a curse upon myself but I don’t hold much stock in the Friday the 13th superstitions. It’s a day just like any other day when anything can go right or wrong. INteresting tidbits though.

  8. I was born on Friday the 13th. Therefore anyone that says it is unlucky is obviously unaware of the truth.

  9. Fascinating info. I didn’t know about Tuesday the 13th. 🙂

    Love the kitty!

  10. It’s always been just another day to me.

  11. Krispy says:

    Love bits of trivia like this! Personally, I’ve never had an issue with it. Half the time I don’t even realize it’s Friday the 13th until halfway through the day. 😛

  12. Indigo says:

    I love the novelty of the day. Always try to watch a horror movie that night, speaking of which I’m about to put one in the Blu-Ray player. (Hugs)Indigo

  13. Donna Hole says:

    I’ve always associated it with the massacre of the Knights Templar on Friday the 13th.

    But, I’m not superstitious, and love hearing Friday 13th facts 🙂

    Thanks Laura.

    ……dhol

  14. Misha says:

    Hehehe those are some interesting facts. 🙂

  15. roguemutt says:

    Nothing really happened yesterday, except the normal amount of unluckiness…

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