One of the most talked about superstitions is Friday the 13th. It comes with the number 13, which is believed to some as the devil’s number having to occasionally intersect with Friday, known as the devil’s favorite day.
Perhaps it only started with some hearsays passed on from generation to generation but others consider it a serious matter. There were a lot of studies relating to this belief. In UK as well as in other countries, it was observed for two years that there were more road accidents during this day compared to the other days of the week. Due to this, some people avoid going out driving their cars on Friday the 13th. Even up to this modern technology-dependent generation, there are still a lot of people who are afraid to start their travel on this day for the reason of having misfortunes along the way.
On a separate study, it was observed that hospital admissions during Friday the 13th is relatively higher compared to other ordinary days. This led to people to be more cautious on this day.
It may sound so stupid to believe in it but records show that more and more people are becoming fearful of this day. It’s a serious matter to some. Some people are extremely afraid of the Friday the 13th that they become paranoid. This fear is medically termed as Paraskevidekatriaphobia. In the US alone, there are more than 20 million people diagnosed of Paraskevidekatriaphobia. With this statistics, Friday the 13th is no laughing matter at all.
Looking back at the recorded events of the past, hoping to find the birth of Friday the 13th superstition, here are some of the interesting facts worth knowing:
- During the last supper with Jesus, there are 12 apostles in the table. That makes it 13 people at the last supper.
- Jesus died on Friday
- most hotels have no 13th floor or room number 13
- In 1772 BC, the number 13 intentionally omitted in the ancient Babylon's Code of Hammurabi.
- In the history of Wall Street, October 13, 1989 (Friday) was the second largest drop of Dow Jones Industrial Average
- According to CNBC, Friday the 13th is a calm day for the stock market, average gains proving to be only 0.2 percent or less.
- “The Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics (CVS) on June 12, 2008, stated that "fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday than on other Fridays, because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home.” This is the positive result of Friday the 13th scare.
Original work from Interesting Things About Friday The 13th
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