13 facts for Friday 13th
Do you suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia, a fear of Friday the 13th? Well grab your lucky charm before reading these 13 terrifying facts.
1. It's not clear when or why Friday the 13th became associated with bad luck, although one thought is that it might be due to biblical reasons. Judas was the 13th guest at the last supper and Jesus was understood to have been crucified on a Friday.
2. The earliest known documented English reference to a fear of Friday 13th occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards' 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13th.
3. Hotels and hospitals often do not build a 13th floor or have number 13 rooms.
4. The band Black Sabbath released their self-titled first album on Friday February 13 1970.
5. For pagans, 13 is actually a lucky number as it corresponds with the number of full moons in a year.
6. It is understood that American president Franklin D. Roosevelt avoided traveling on the 13th day of any month.
7. Napoleon suffered from triskaidekaphobia.
8. The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, estimate that up to $900 million are lost in America each Friday 13 due to people's fear of flying or doing the business as usual.
9. In Spanish-speaking countries Tuesday the 13th is considered a day of bad luck.
10. Statistically speaking, driving is slightly safer on Friday the 13th, at least in the Netherlands. It is understood that in the last two years, Dutch insurers received reports of an average 7,800 traffic accidents each Friday, but the average figure when the 13th fell on a Friday was just 7,500.
11. Famous people born on Friday the 13th include Samuel Beckett (13 April 1906), Margaret Thatcher (13 October 1923), Fidel Castro (13 August 1926) and Steve Buscemi (13 December 1957).
12. A "quatrorzieme" is a professional 14th guest hired by the French who had only 13 guests in attendance for dinner.
13. In 2014 there will be one Friday the 13th which will fall in June.