Inside:  Friday the 13th strikes fear into many. Some won’t fly or get married that day. But what is the reason we fear Friday the 13th?  *Contains Amazon Affiliate links.

 Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive, and irrational-but how much does it cost you to knock on wood? —   Judith Viorst 


So, when did human preoccupation begin with Friday the 13th. Many origin myths abound.  

 It is unlucky to have thirteen at a table or in a company. The number 13, in the Christian faith, is the number of people at the Last Supper, with the 13th guest at the table being the traitor, Judas. — unknown

One story insists that Friday the 13th has been considered unlucky since 1307 when the King of France gave the orders to arrest hundreds of Knight’s Templar on Friday the 13th.  This particular origin story lacks credibility since it wasn’t until early in the 20th century when references to this unlucky day crop up.  These references seem to coincide with a novel published in 1907, Friday, the Thirteenth, by Thomas William Lawson.  Before this novel, Friday was considered unlucky and the number 13 was associated with bad luck.  It seems Mr. Lawson put the two together to create a mega-fearful day.

Do You Fear Friday the 13th?

If you fear this day you are in good company.

 President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not 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. — unknown

There are a number of superstitions related to the most feared of days, Friday the 13th.  Let us know which ones you relate to by taking the poll.




Actually, What is the Reason We Fear Friday the 13th?

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