Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th is surrounded in superstition and a day for all-around bad luck. So I took a look at Wikipedia to find out why.

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th is surrounded in superstition and a day for all-around bad luck. So I took a look at Wikipedia to find out why. There is not much ancient history on Friday the 13th, actually, the earliest known English reference to the day occurs in the 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini:

“[Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring and affectionate friends; and if it be true that, like so many other Italians, he regarded Friday as an unlucky day, and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday, the 13th of November, he died.”

Because 12 is a number of significance such as 12 months in a year, 12 hours on the clock, 12 signs of the Zodiac and 12 discipals of Christ, the number 13 took on the role of the unlucky.

Whether fact or superstition, millions of people fear Friday the 13th, while some take it so far as to not fly or even leave their homes on this day. The Dutch did a study and found that crime and accidents are actually reduced on Friday the 13th, because people are more cautious or they just stay home. However a british study showed an increase in automobile accidents on Friday the 13th compared to Friday the 6th.

Stay home or go out on Friday the 13th, that is your decision, but you may be interested to know that we won’t have another Friday the 13th until May of 2011. In 2012, we will have three: January, April and July. With all of the 2012 doomsday predictions I thought for sure December 2012 would contain a Friday the 13th!

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    but friday the 13th to me is so lucky. 🙂

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