Friday the 13th goes down in history as one of the most dreaded combinations of day and date. Especially, for people who hesitate taking two steps ahead after a black cat crosses their path, Friday the 13th is nothing less than doomsday. And today, in case you haven’t checked the calendar yet, is exactly that. Adding to the frenzy and excitement about this date are the interesting facts, spooky theories and films surrounding it. So in case you are holed up inside your house, not stepping out because you are dreading the awful things lying in wait for you (and also secretly waiting for the weekend to begin), then here are 13 things about the day that you can read meanwhile.
* They don’t know why
Apparently people don’t even know why they fear Friday the 13th so much anyway. While some associate the day with the death of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini who died on well, yes, a Friday 13th. Others associate he myth with the Bible because Jesus was crucified on a Friday and 13 guests attended his Last Supper before the crucifixion.
* There’s a scientific term too
Yes, you heard us. The fear of Friday the 13th is known as “paraskavedekatriaphobia,” which is derived from the Greek words “paraskeví” meaning “Friday” and “dekatreís” meaning “thirteen.”
* Black Friday
It was on October 13, 1989 (a Friday) that the US stock exchange suffered one of its most major crashes. The day has since then gone down in history as ‘Black Friday’.
* The Alfred Hitchcock connection
If you are wondering how has the genius filmmaker made some of the best suspense films in the history of Hollywood, then here is a fun fact — He was born on August 13, 1899, which was coincidentally a Friday.
* Turning the fear into fun
Cashing in on the heightened frenzy around Friday the 13th, the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapels in Las Vegas is known to offer horror-themed wedding ceremonies on this day.
* It comes in threes
In case you are one of those who probably have been diagnosed with ‘paraskavedekatriaphobia’, then here is something that could really help you — It can only come thrice in a year at the max. Sad part is, it will come at least once in a year for sure.
* Taylor Swift disagrees with y’all
Here is why your favourite country singer thinks the day is rather lucky for her. — “I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first #1 song had a 13-second intro. Every time I’ve won an award I’ve been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter,” she had said.
* Where is the 13th floor and room number 13
Many buildings, hospitals and hotels do not have room number 13 or 13th floor in the building?
* It’s trending today
— Gladstone (@TreasuryMog) October 13, 2017
— Marshall Julius (@MarshallJulius) October 13, 2017
Friday the 13th is just a normal day for me considering everyday is a bloody disaster
— JACKO◢ ◤ (@Jacko_1995) October 13, 2017
— Clem (@The_Real_Clem) October 13, 2017
— Tina ❄️ (@Tinapeg2) October 13, 2017
* Every month that begins with a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th waiting for you somewhere around the corner.
* The good things that happened on Friday the 13th
If you thought only untoward events indicating bad luck could happen on this day, then you are mistaken. While Swift has already declared how lucky she has found herself to be, the famous Hollywood sign was unveiled on a Friday the 13th in 1923.
* And if you like availing discounts and bargains, then this is the day for you — Many pubs, restaurants and even flights offer discounts on this day, prompting people to set aside superstitious beliefs and just have fun.
* The Thirteen Club
In the 1880s, a group of 13 came together to form the Thirteen Club to debunk the superstitious beliefs around the number 13. They used to come together on every 13th of the month for dinner, do everything that was considered inauspicious and ominous — including breaking mirrors and throwing salt — with an aim to record how many members die over time as a result of their actions. They eventually grew into a 400-member strong group with even a number of US presidents as members.