A few facts about Friday the 13th and/or unlucky #13

  • The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia.
  • In numerology the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing the completeness of the number 12.
  • Friday, as the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified, has been viewed both positively and negatively among Christians.
  • 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day
  • It’s been estimated that $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day
  • A British Medical Journal study has shown that there is a significant increase in traffic-related accidents on Fridays the 13th
  • Any month that begins on a Sunday will contain a Friday the 13th
  • More than 80 percent of high-rise buildings lack a 13th floor
  • On streets in Florence, Italy, the house between number 12 and 14 is addressed as 12 and a half
  • Most Friday the 13th phobia therapies take months or years and sometimes even require the patient to be exposed repeatedly to their fear
  • Some believe that the arrest of Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and 60 of his senior knights on Friday, October 13, 1307 by King Philip IV of France is the origin of this superstition. That day thousands of Templars were arrested and subsequently tortured. They then ‘confessed’ and were executed. From that day on, Friday the 13th was considered by followers of the Templars as an evil and unlucky day

 

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One response to “A few facts about Friday the 13th and/or unlucky #13

  1. Goldbloom, those are great! In my office, I used to work on the 14th floor, only it was really the 13th. I Guess we can thank good old Jacques de Molay… 😉

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