Here are a few random facts to begin your day. Please feel free to add your own, or anything I’ve missed, in the comments section.
Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the irrational fear of Friday the 13th, as opposed to Selachophobia which is the fear of sharks, which is completely f’n rational.
Betsy Palmer said that if it were not for the fact that she was in desperate need of a new car, she would never have taken the part of Pamela Voorhees on the movie Friday the 13th. In fact, after she read the script she called the film “a piece of shit”.
Part of the reason 13 got a bad reputation is because it comes after 12, which is a number of “completeness.” For example: 12 months in a year, 12 hours in a clock, 12 God of Olympus, 12 Zodiac signs, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 days of Christmas, 12 labors of Hercules and 12 eggs in a dozen.
Many hospitals don’t have a room number with 13 in it as well as a 13th floor. The same thing goes for tall buildings. Normally the 13th floor is skipped. Some airlines omit Gate 13.
A 13th guest at a table is considered unlucky, and in Paris sometimes a quatorzieme is hired to be a professional 14th guest and balance out the luck.
There is at least one Friday the 13th in every year, and at the most there are three.
Hollywood has capitalized on the Friday the 13th superstitions. Four of the 12 movies released were done so on Friday the 13th.
Fidel Castro was born on Friday, Aug. 13, 1956.
Butch Cassidy, who was an infamous American train and bank robber, was born on Friday, April 13, 1866.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt would never have a 13th guest at a meal, nor would he travel on the 13th day of any month.
The number 13 is considered lucky by Italians
Dan Marino, former NFL quarterback of the Miami Dolphins, is considered one of the greats QBs by some, wore the number 13.