Happy Friday the 13th, the second of three this year. The first was last month and the third won’t roll around until November.
Here’s something you may not know: If you are have a fear of this day you have paraskavedekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia. If you’ve got a bugaboo about the number 13 in general, you have triskaidekaphobia.
More fun facts about the number 13:
— If 13 people get together for dinner, superstition has it that one will die within the year.
— The movie “Friday the 13th” was renamed to Tuesday the 13th (“Martes 13”) in many Spanish speaking countries because the day of bad luck falls on Tuesday 13 instead of Friday 13, although some countries retain the original title in Spanish (“Viernes 13”).
— Many cities don’t have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue.
— Many buildings don’t have a 13th floor.
— If you have 13 letters in your name, it is said you will have the devil’s luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names).
— Airplanes often don’t have a 13th row.
— Some people don’t go to work on Friday the 13th.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt wouldn’t travel on Friday the 13th.
— Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.
— The Chinese regard the number as lucky, as did the Egyptians in the time of the pharaohs.
And then, there are superstitions that simply surround any Friday:
— If you change your bed on Friday, it will bring bad dreams.
— Don’t start a trip on Friday or you will have misfortune.
— If you cut your nails on Friday, you cut them for sorrow.
— Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck.