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If you  have paraskavedekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th) or triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13), you may want to skip this post …

I’ve assembled some facts and posts related to Friday the 13th, and while I’m not a superstitious person, I find it very interesting and entertaining!

First some facts. I found an article from Live Science that was posted last year on Friday, July 13. Despite the article being a year old, they are pretty interesting:

  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt is said to have avoided travel on the 13th day of any month, and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.
  • Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.
  • Director of psychological thrillers Alfred Hitchcock was born on the 13th — Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, would have been his 100th birthday.

If you’re looking for more reading about Friday the 13th, check out these links:

The folks over at HowStuffWorks.com devoted a post to How Friday the 13th Works, including possible origins and Friday the 13th traditions.

My favorite site for random knowledge, Mental Floss, asks and answers the question: Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?

 

Hopefully today doesn’t turn out to be unlucky for you. See you next week, hopefully here in Minnesota for the RJS User Group!