Happy Firday da 13th - Fun Facts

Trisadekaphobia is the technical name for fear of Friday the 13th.

According to Smithsonian Magazine "fear of the #13 costs American a billion dollars per year in absenteeism, train and plane cancellations, and reduced commerce on the 13th of the month."

The composer Arnold Schoenberg (ironically born on the 13th) suffered from triskaidekaphobia. He was convinced that he would die aged 76 (because 7+6 = 13). Not only did his premonition come true, he also died on Friday 13 July

Ancient Romans regarded the number 13 as a symbol of death, destruction and misfortune.

Lizzy Borden uttered a total of 13 words at her trial.

Infamous serial killers Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and myself all have 13 letters in their names.

A witches coven consists of 13 members.

Tarot Card number 13 is the Death Card, depicting the Grim Reaper

Hotels rarely have a room number 13. Usually it is called 12a or 14.

Same with floors of buildings and the elevators without a #13 button.

Highways sometimes will skip exit 13 altogether also.

There are 13 steps leading to the gallows.

13 knots in a hangman's noose.

13 feet which the guillotine blade falls.

The driver of Princess Diana hit pillar #13 at Place de l'Alma when she was killed in Paris, France.

13 people, Christ and his 12 disciples, were in attendance at the last supper. This is where the Christian belief ties in, making Friday a believed unlucky day, as the crucifixion occurred on a Friday. The superstition stems from the where Judas Iscariot became the thirteenth guest to sit at the table and would later betray Jesus, leading to his crucifixion.

Norse mythology also has a superstition surrounding thirteen at a dinner table and the bad luck that ensues. In fact, it is believed that the Christian story of the Last Supper may find its origin in this particular myth. Apparently twelve deities sat down for a meal at a gods' feast only to have Loki, the god of mischief and disorder, come along and crash the party. He rose the number to thirteen, causing one of the gods to die during the meal.

Certain ocean liners will be held in dock until after midnight to appease passenger's fears on Friday the 13th.

British study concluded that even though there were less cars on the road on Friday the 13th (as compared with other Fridays) more accidents were reported.

The US Seal has 13 stars, bars, feathers in the eagle's tail, 13 bars in one claw, 13 olive branches in the other.

A "quatrorzieme" is a professional 14th guest hired by the French who had only 13 guests in attendance for dinner, who felt that was unlucky.

A baker's dozen consists of 13 for a reason! So the story goes a witch near Albany, NY
demanded 13 items every time she came in to a particular bakery, and one day the old baker could not afford her extra biscuit. She sneered some strange words at the man, and he suffered terrible luck from then on, until he brought her another 13 rolls. After that life was once again easy for the baker and word spread around town. The custom is still sometimes practiced today.

17 TO 21 MILLION Americans & 4 to 5 million in the UK, suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia - the fear of Friday the 13th?

The U.S. NAVY to this day will NOT LAUNCH a ship on Friday the 13th?

SOME WILL NOT EVEN GET OUT OF BED or leave their homes this Friday the 13th?

Most other superstitious fears show up on or around Friday the 13th?

The Egyptians were the first to develop a superstition for the number thirteen, but for them the number brought good luck. They believed that there were twelve steps on the ladder to eternal life and knowledge and to take the thirteenth step meant going through death into everlasting life. Thirteen, for the Egyptians, was associated with immortality.

Most hotel chains have no room number thirteen and many skyscrapers are without a thirteenth floor, Airports have no gate 13, Airlines have no aisle 13.

Wilt Chamberlain said the number 13 wasn't unlucky for him, but it was for his opponents. One of the greatest players in the game, he is the only player to score 100 points in a single game. He was named to 13 All-Star teams and his number 13 has been retired by five teams (University of Kansas, Golden State Warriors, Harlem Globetrotters, Los Angeles Lakers, and Philadelphia 76ers).

Branca, a pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, wore no. 13 and, as legend has it, playfully posed with black cats before the 1951 playoffs began. He would become famous in the 1951 playoffs for surrendering Bobby Thomson's "shot heard round the world" home run, one of the most famous home runs of all-time.

Fassero wore no. 13 in 1999 for Seattle and Texas and compiled a 5-14 mark with a 7.20 ERA, the worst major league single-season ERA (for pitchers with 150 innings) since 1937

13mm is a very common size when it comes to nuts and bolts. However, Japanese car manufactures such as Nissan and Toyota do not have one single 13mm nut or bolt in their cars.

Some buildings such as One Canada Square in Canary Wharf (the tallest building in the UK) number their floors so as to skip the thirteenth floor entirely, jumping from the 12th floor to the 14th floor in order to avoid distressing triskaidekaphobics, or the building will have 12th floor and floor 12a or 12b instead. Many hotel/casino megaresorts in Las Vegas also lack a 13th floor. This is often applied to home or hotel room numbers as well, and the same is also true of rows in airplanes, as well as cabins aboard cruise ships.

Friday is the sixth day of the week - beginning on Sunday - and July is the seventh month, making 6+7=13) at 11:47 PM - 13 minutes to midnight. Also, adding the numbers 1, 1, 4, and 7 brings up a total of 13.

The Nazi fighter plane developed from the He-112 was designated He-100 in order to avoid the designation Heinkel He 113, which was considered unlucky. In the United States, there has never been a F-13 fighter aircraft due to many pilots being superstitious. The Grumman F-14 Tomcatdirectly followed the Lockheed YF-12 (a prototype interceptor aircraft which was a close relative of the famed SR-71 Blackbird).

American singer-songwriter John Mayer had 14 tracks on his album Room for Squares, although the 13th is 0.2 seconds of silence and is not listed on the album cover. Likewise, Hot Hot Heat's album Elevator does not list a 13th track on its cover. On the CD the 13th track is four seconds of noise. The reasoning behind it was that since some buildings do not have 13th floors, an elevator would not have a button for it.

Some refer to the near-fatal Apollo 13 mission to the moon as proof of 13 being unlucky. Apollo 13 was launched at 14:13 EST on April 11, 1970 (11/4/70, digits summing to 13) from Complex 39 (three times thirteen). Widespread rumors that it launched at 13:13 local time (EST) are incorrect,[1] although it is true that this corresponds to 13:13 CST - the local time in Houston, Texas, the location of mission control. Apparently, Apollo 13 was also going to go through LOI Lunar Orbit Injection on April 13. Others have noted that for a supposedly unlucky mission, the fact that the crippling accident occurred when the crew was best equipped to cope with it is a lucky occurrence in itself.

The Spanish motor racer Ángel Nieto is famous for saying that he achieved 12 + 1 World Motorcycling Championships. A bio-pic about him is thus titled 12 + 1.

The characters Stan and Hilda Ogden, in the English TV series Coronation Street, lived at 12a Coronation Street to avoid their address being number 13.

In Formula 1, there is no car with the number 13. The number has been removed after 2 drivers were killed in crashes — both driving cars numbered 13, however cars without the number 13 regularly crash as well.

The arrest and murder of the Knights Templar occurred on Friday October 13, 1307. This event is said to be the origin of the supposed unluckiness of Friday the 13th.

Memphis International Airport in Memphis, TN does not have Gate A13, B13, or C13. Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, New York does not have a gate 13, instead having doors labeled 12, 12A, and 14. Also, the Birmingham International Airport in Birmingham, AL does not contain a gate C13.

In San Francisco, the north/south street between 12th and 14th Avenues is called Funston Avenue. However, this is apparently a more recent development because some blocks still have 13th Avenue carved into the curb along its length.

On Friday 13 May 1992, several tornadoes occurred in small hill country towns of Texas. Those towns include Marble Falls, TX, Kingsland, TX, Jarrel, TX and other outlining areas.

Microsoft will not be naming its next Office release as Office 13 (Microsoft shipped Office 12 (a.k.a Microsoft Office 2007) in November 2006) - the working title for the next release of Office (which includes Microsoft Exchange Server) is called Microsoft Office 14).

Corel released the successor to WordPerfect 12 as WordPerfect X3.

In a popular book, A Series of Unfortunate Events, there has been many cases of the number 13. It includes 13 books in the official series, 13 chapters in each book, and multiples of 13 in many of the things that happen. Even the last of the series was released on 13 October 2006, which is a Friday.

Friday April 13, 2004 - The asteroid 99942 Apophis (previously better known by its provisional designation 2004 MN4) passed within 30,000 km (18,600 mi) of the Earth, very briefly appearing as bright as 3rd magnitude. Apophis may have passed through a 400 m wide "keyhole," which may have put it on a collision course with the Earth in 2036.

In the town of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, 13th Street is hidden on Catherine Street, but on the minor street, Market Street, which goes past each road, ends at Fort McClure Blvd, not 13th Street.
I read absolutly none of that

omg Dye, how can you find something like "13mm is a very common size when it comes to nuts and bolts. However, Japanese car manufactures such as Nissan and Toyota do not have one single 13mm nut or bolt in their cars." not interesting??? !dodge
i didnt even know it was fri the 13th lol but ever since tuesday ive been taking medicated naps to "help" the pain in my hand so i rarely know what day it is lol
idk about that stuff bgut i have been seeing the number 23 everywhere. like in math i had to build a bridge that could hold at leats 30 lb. and it held 23 !mistrust and also my school has 23 letters in its name x)
i didn't know it was the 13th i'm on spring break stop tring to teach me stuff lol . and i am like Dye i didn't read any of it sorry
read it, i read most of it and its really interesting. You kids need to read more often anyway. I like the part about arnold schoenberg too.

i was born on the 26th, which is 2x 13....

im not gonna go all crazy like jim carey but i have noticed a few things about the number...
i read most of it, not all, and hey pvt.john your name has 13 letters too, oooohhhhh (spooky ghost wail)
i read most of it, not all, and hey pvt.john your name has 13 letters too, oooohhhhh (spooky ghost wail)

x) !dodge %-6 :O