According to a superstition mainly prevalent in Western countries, Friday the 13th is the scariest day of the calendar; it is often associated with bad luck and misfortune. However, who the day affects negatively is still debatable. In the last century, many bad things have happened on Friday the 13th.

However, in the same breath, millions have survived situations where they would not be alive if every factor was kept constant. This begs the question: what is the validity of this date? Should people be afraid of the upcoming Friday the 13th? Whether you believe in this superstition or otherwise, this article shares some interesting facts about Friday the 13th to help us understand the day better.

1. The Economy Loses Around $800 to $900 Million on Every Friday the 13th

To highlight how seriously people take the Friday the 13th superstition, the economy loses almost $1 billion yearly on the specific date. Because believers want to exercise caution, most avoid traveling by air, road, or rail, contributing to the losses. Anything perceived to endanger life is often avoided on Friday the 13th.

2. A Famous Composer Called Arnold Schoenberg Was Afraid of  Number 13 and Died on the Same Date

Arnold Schoenberg, a famous music composer, was terrified of the number 13; he was a perfect example of someone with triskaidekaphobia. He was known to avoid rooms or houses with the number 13. At one point, he declined to rent a property because its address was 13 Pine Street. Also, his musical notes would strictly end at 12. Interestingly, he died on Friday, July 13, 1951.

3. 2024 will Have Two Friday the 13th

Looking at the 2024 calendar, there will be two Friday the 13th. The first will be on September 13 and the second on 13th December. And by the way, a year can’t pass without at least one Friday the 13th.

4. For a Month to Have Friday the 13th, it Must Start on a Sunday

Following the structure of the Gregorian calendar, the only way a month will have a Friday the 13th is if its first day is a Sunday.

5. The Origin of Friday the 13th Remains a Mystery

An overwhelming amount of theories associate Friday the 13th with bad luck. For instance, a theory describes Loki (a god in Norse mythology) as the uninvited guest at a dinner party in Valhalla, where he wanted to kill Balder on the day.

For Christians, the Bible describes Friday the 13th as the day when Judas betrayed Jesus Christ, which can be considered a bad day for Him. Also, the fact that 12 is more famous (it represents the number of months in a year, the number of ribs that average humans have, among others) than 13 makes the latter a literally odd number to the eyes of many. Either way, nobody really knows the origin of Friday the 13th superstition.

6. The First “Friday the 13th” Movie Franchise Aired on May 9, 1980

There is a Friday the 13th franchise inspired by the Friday the 13th superstition. It mainly produces horror films, with Jason Voorhees (a fictional character) being the main act. Friday the 13th franchise released its first horror film in 1980, while the latest edition aired on February 13, 2009.

7. Friday the 13th Can Occur At Most Three Times in a Year

Based on the Gregorian calendar, the one used in many parts of the world, there can only be a maximum of three Friday the 13th in a year. The next time humanity will see the maximum Friday the 13th in a year will be in 2026. It will happen in February, March, and November.

8. Kane Hodder, the Main Actor for Friday the 13th, Refused to Kick a Dog

Jason Voorhees, the main villain in the film Friday the 13th, is known to be ruthless and vicious. However, the actor, Kane Hodder, refused to participate in a scene where Jason would kick a dog, claiming that Jason had a soft spot for dogs. That was a bit ironic, considering that the character had maimed a dog in an earlier film from the franchise.

9. Friday the 13th, Part VI is the Only One in the Franchise That Doesn’t Feature Nudity

The Friday the 13th franchise is famous for incorporating many adult scenes and nudity. However, the Part VI version titled “Jason Lives” doesn’t portray any of these; the actors are fully clothed. The franchise’s executives did this to save face, considering there was a lot of talk about their incorporation of adult scenes.

10. The Spanish Are Afraid of Tuesday the 13th

While many fear Friday the 13th, Spaniards are so scared of Tuesday the 13th. Believers from the region attribute the day to several misfortunes, such as King Ferdinand IV’s death and Saint Jude’s Martyrdom. Like believers from other parts of the world, Spaniards do not travel on Tuesday the 13th because they fear bad luck. The phobia is so prevalent that a phrase was coined to refer to people who are fearful of the number 13: Triskaidekaphobia.

11.Some Days are Unluckier than Friday the 13th

According to history, some days are way unluckier than Friday the 13th. A good example is April 4. It is when Abraham Lincoln was shot, the Titanic hit the iceberg, and 11 tornadoes hit the US. Another case in point is September 2. It’s when the massacres started during the French Revolution, a fire started in China, killing 1000 people, and a Swissair Flight 111 crashed, killing everyone on board.

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Last Update: March 19, 2024