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What’s So Unlucky About Friday the 13th?

Friday the 13th is a day many people dread. At the height of superstition, Friday the 13th is a day for bad luck, unusual behavior and strange happenings.

With Friday being a popular day for dating, it’s good to know what you’re getting into if your date happens to fall on the 13th.

So, when and where did all of this superstition begin?

It appears the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th began with the superstition surrounding the number 13.

Some people believe the fear of 13 has to do with the fact that it’s the number directly after 12. Twelve is associated with safety and completeness in western cultures (12 months, 12 zodiac signs, 12 days of Christmas, 12 tribes of Israel, and so on).

13 is said to be the number of witches needed to form a coven, and there were 13 guests at the Last Supper (which was followed by Good Friday).

But why is the combination of Friday and the 13th so scary?

There are countless examples of strange and terrible things happening on Friday the 13th.

Numerous Knights Templar were captured and tortured in France on Friday, October 13, 1307.

During World War II, the Nazis dropped five bombs on Buckingham Palace on Friday, September 13, 1940.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average’s second largest crash to date occurred on Friday, October 13, 1989.

Tupac died on Friday, September 13, 1996.

Not to be a “Debbie Downer” – but horrible things happen every day.

However the Friday the 13th superstition started, it’s fed by new stories each year. Plenty of strange and terrible things happen on other days, but events are guaranteed a little more attention if they take place on Friday the 13th.

Things might start to turn around if we decide to focus on the good things that happen that day. Birthdays, weddings (for the brave and not superstitious), small but unforgettable moments.

A first date? It’s not too late to turn your Friday the 13th around.

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