Friday the 13th is recognized as one of the unluckiest days of the year. From walking under ladders to spilling salt, many superstitious beliefs are connected to this day.
Friday the 13th has become a superstition filled the day with an increase in paranoia that has not only been fuelled in recent times but is said to have begun in Biblical times or even in the Middle Ages.
No one has been capable of pinpointing the origin that links this day to bad luck. The number 13 has many unlucky connections for people that are superstitious. It may even have been sparked by biblical sources: The Bible outlines the Last Supper, that was attended by 13 that is known as Good Friday.
Thanks to many events that have occurred on this day people have labeled it as jinxed. From celebrity deaths to lightning strikes and the caving in of roofs. This day has not fallen short of unfortunate incident that’s for sure.
Here are the most publicized events that have occurred on this day – some may even want you to grasp a bit tighter on a lucky charm.
Friday 13 September 1940, The Nazis dropped five bombs on Buckingham Palace, this took the life of one person and taking out the Royal Chapel and destroying the water main. Thankfully Queen Elizabeth II and King George VI weren’t at the palace during the attack
Friday 13 June 1952, A Swedish military plane vanished along with a crew of eight. The Soviet air force admitted to shooting down the military plane.
Friday 13 March 1964, Kitty Genovese made psychology textbook infamy when she was murdered in New York City. The crime was witnessed by more than 30 people without one person intervening.
Friday 13 February 1976, Daz Pearson had decided to take the day off work, he had a bad feeling that something terrible was about to happen to him. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to safeguard him against the tragic event. He died that day when the roof of his apartment caved in.
Friday 13 September 1996, Hip-hop experienced one of its biggest tragedies when Tupac got shot in a drive-by incident that led to the passing of the iconic rapper. The incident remains unsolved to this day it has sparked hundreds of different conspiracy theories. Some might claim that the music producer is still alive
Friday 13 August 2010, a 13-year-old boy was struck by lightning in Suffolk, thankfully he walked away with minor injuries. What made this such a memorable event is lightning struck at 13:13 on Friday 13th
Interesting facts about Friday the 13t you might not know.
Approximately 20 Fridays the 13th occur in every decade.
The phobia of Friday the 13th is called – Paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek word Paraskevi, meaning Friday.
Some Hotels avoid the 13th floor, reserving it either for storage or maintenance, some skip it entirely, due to the morbid fear some have of the number 13. For instance, the Carlton Hotel in London, which jumps from floor 12 to 14.
There are also planes that don’t have a row 13 due to the superstition of the number. This could also be due to the alarmingly large number of plane crashes that have occurred on Friday 13th. But on the upper hand if you don’t have phobia a or believe in the fallacy, you can fly for less on some airlines, as many people refuse to fly on Friday the 13th.
Research has found that 31% of people would not get married on Friday the 13th, while 17% of people avoid traveling entirely.
In 1995 Finland started dedicated one Friday the 13th a year as National Accident Day. In the aim to raise awareness about safety on the roads, at home, and at the workplace.
Fear not, this too shall pass!
There is minimal evidence that Friday the 13th is indeed an unlucky day. A fast amount of studies has shown that Friday the 13th does not affect unfortunate events, accidents, hospital visits, and natural disasters even plane flights.
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