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Friday the 13th weird factoids
« on: November 14, 2009, 10:44:19 AM »
1. Fear of Friday the 13th is called
"Paraskavedekatriaphobia", derived from three Greek words.

2. Any month that begins on a Sunday will contain a Friday
the 13th, and there is at least one Friday the 13th in
every calendar year.

3. Few people are prepared to marry on Friday the 13th.
But in 1913 a pastor in Middletown, New Jersey, decrying
the superstition, offered to marry couples free on that
date.

4. Rossini, the composer, regarded Friday as an unlucky
day and 13 as an unlucky number. He died on Friday
November 13, 1868.

5. One recent survey conducted in Asheville, North
Carolina, claimed that 17 million to 21 million people
in the United States are affected by Friday the 13th,
avoiding taking flights or, in some cases, even getting
out of bed.

6. On Friday October 13 1307, officers of King Philip IV
of France carried out mass arrests in a well-coordinated
dawn raid that left several thousand Templars - knights,
sergeants, priests, and serving brethren - in chains,
charged with heresy, blasphemy, various obscenities, and
homosexual practices.

7. One theory is that the Friday the 13th superstitions
originated in a Norse myth about 12 gods having a feast
in Valhalla. The mischievous Loki crashed the party as
an uninvited 13th guest and arranged for Hod, the blind
god of darkness, to shoot Baldur, the god of joy and
gladness, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. Baldur was killed
and the Earth was plunged into darkness and mourning as a
result.

8. Researchers in 1993 found that on Friday the 13th fewer
people were driving than normal, because of superstition,
yet there were more transport accidents even though there
were fewer vehicles on the road.

9. One view is that the Friday the 13th taboo stems
directly from the Bible. Thirteen ate at The Last Supper
and so that number was seen as unlucky; and Christ was
crucified on a Friday, so that day was regarded as fatal.

10. In 1908, a senator from Oklahoma defied superstition
by introducing 13 bills on Friday the 13th.

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