Now Playing
The New 93Q
Last Song Played
Houston's Country

Posted: July 13, 2018

Things you might not know about Friday the 13th

13 Things You Didn't Know About Friday the 13th

Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Friday the 13th is known around the U.S. as a mysterious day with the potential to bring bad luck and inexplicable occurrences. 

>> Read more trending stories  

Here are some facts about the day of superstition:

Its roots may be in Christianity.

Michael Bailey, a history professor at Iowa State University who specializes in the origins of superstitions, told USA Today in 2015 that ever since Jesus was crucified on a Friday, the day has been associated with "general ill omen."

Stuart Vyse, a psychology professor at Connecticut College, told USA Today that 13 guests are believed to have attended the Last Supper the night before Jesus was killed. The disciple who betrayed Jesus is believed to have been the 13th guest.

You're not more likely to go to the hospital.

A study published in World Journal of Surgery in 2011 found that there's no link between Friday the 13th and an increase of blood loss or the frequency of emergency room visits on that day.

"Our data indicate that such beliefs are myths far beyond reality," the study said.

Some people have a fear of the actual day when Friday falls on a month's 13th day. 

They're called paraskevidekatriaphobics.

Other people choose to get married on the day.

The Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel offers three different packages on Friday the 13th: Zombie, vampire and "Rocky Horror"-themed ceremonies.

There are two Friday the 13ths this year.

April 13 and July 13 are on Friday this year. Last year, Jan. 13 and Oct. 13 fell on a Friday.

Outer space is affected by Friday the 13th too. 

According to NASA, a large asteroid will fly close enough to the Earth to be visible without a telescope in Africa, Europe and Asia on Friday, April 13, 2029.

Singer Taylor Swift has a special connection to the number 13.

"I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No. 1 song had a 13-second intro," the singer told MTV in a 2009 interview.



Things you might not know about Friday the 13th


Things you might not know about Friday the 13th

charmaineswart/Morguefile (Morguefile license:

Friday the 13th: What’s so unlucky about 13?

If the thought of Friday the 13th sends shivers down your spine, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

The fear of Friday the 13, or just the number 13, is a common one. So common, in fact, there’s a name for it.

>> Read more trending news 

How the number has come to be seen as unlucky varies, but there is a rather unnerving amount of historical events that have likely led to the misfortune under which 13 suffers. Here are a few.

When it was unlucky

  • Pope John Paul II was shot and nearly died on May 13, 1981. 
  • There were 13 people at the Last Supper, and, in case you missed the first connection, it’s believed that Judas Iscariot - the disciple who betrayed Jesus Christ - was the 13th man to take his place at the table.
  • Jesus was crucified on a Friday.
  • A 13-year-old boy in England was struck by lightning on Friday the 13th at 1:13 p.m. (in military time, 13:13).
  • On Oct. 13, 1307, there was a mass arrest and execution of members of the Knights Templar. The Knights Templar or the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ were anything but. Members were among the wealthiest and most powerful of Christian military orders. They are credited by many with establishing one of the earliest finance systems.
  • In not so Jolly Ol’ England, Friday was the traditional day for public hangings. Insult to injury – there were 13 steps up to the gallows, generally.

When it was lucky

  • The bus number 13 in London was never damaged during the blitz of the Second World War.
  • Apollo 13 was a 1970 NASA Moon mission famous for being a "successful failure." The accident that crippled the spacecraft happened on April 13.
  • It was on the jersey of Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer Dan Marino.
  • It was on the jersey of Los Angeles Lakers, and Philadelphia 76ers Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain.
  • A baker's dozen means you get 13 of something – or one more than a standard dozen. The down side is it is sometimes called a “Devil’s dozen.” (think donuts)
  • The visions of the Virgin of Fátima were said to have appeared on the 13th day of every month for six months in 1917.
  • It’s singer Taylor Swift’s lucky number.  

Where 13 is not used

  • There’s no 13th floor in many high-rise buildings.
  • There is often no 13th floor in a hospital, and airports generally don’t have a Gate 13.
  • In triathlons, the number 13 is not used.
  • The number was not used in Formula One from 1977 to 2013.
  • While there are 19 counties in Norway they are numbered 1-20 because there is no number 13 county.

13 in general

  • Aluminum has the atomic number 13.
  • 13 is the sixth prime number.
  • It is the smallest emirp or a prime number that is a different prime when its reversed - 31.
  • Fear of the number 13 is called Triskaidekaphobia.
  • Fear of Friday the 13th is Paraskevidekatriaphobia or, sometimes, Friggatriskaidekaphobia. 
  • Fear of the number 17 – the number of letters in Triskaidekaphobia – is Heptadecaphobia.
  • The Aztecs considered thirteen a sacred number. It was the number that represented time. It stood for completion.
  • In Tarot, 13 is the card of “Death.” The card stands for transformation – ending something and starting something new.
  • There are 13 stripes on the American flag.
  • There are 13 stars in the Great Seal of the United States.
  Things you might not know about Friday the 13th

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.


TheNew93Q Instagram


Amazon Alexa

Enable our Skill today to listen live at home on your Alexa Devices!