This month we’ll be stumbling across another day that’s known as the unluckiest day of the year: Friday the 13th. Although this myth has existed since the 19th century, people nowadays are still terrified of facing this day, as it is the most scaryand unlucky according to the Western culture. According to the numerologists, the number 13 suffers because of its position after the number 12. There are 12 months in a year, 12 zodiac signs, 12 Olympian gods and 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. Also, in the Tarot decks, the 13th card represents Death.

Psychologists have proven that people who consider themselves unlucky are more likely to believe in the superstitionsconnected with bad luck, and one quarter of them link the number 13 with misfortunes. In conclusion, this is the group of people that will more likely have unpleasant experiences on days like Friday the 13th.

The myths

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ happened on a Friday the 13th, according to Catholic belief. This also happened one day after the Last Supper which involved 12 apostles, as Judas (the betrayer of Jesus) was the 13th member to arrive at the Supper.

This is known as one of the most famous myths about Friday the 13th and because of it it’s believed that if 13 people dine together, one of them will die within a year. A similar Norse myth says that while god Odin was dining together with 11 of his friends, the party was interrupted by a 13th member which was Loki - the god of evil.

Interesting facts

- In addition to this fear, more than 80% of the tall buildings don’t have a 13th floor.

Also, some airports pass over the 13th gate, and a number of hotels skip rooms with the number 13.

- According to researches, on this day U.S. businessmen lose from $800 to $900 million simply because they won’t go to work.

- The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, and triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13.

- The two most famous movies about this day are both namedFriday the 13th, one of them was released back in 1980, and the other one in 2009.So, if you watched them already, this Friday is definitely the day you should.

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