Today is Friday, the thirteenth, which superstition holds to be a day of good or bad luck. In the Gregorian calendar, this day occurs at least once, but at most three times a year. Any month's 13th day will fall on a Friday if the month starts on a Sunday. There were three Friday the 13ths in 2009, in the months of February, March, and November. There won't be another Friday the 13th until August of 2010; the next one after that is May 2011. The next year with three Friday the 13ths will be 2015.
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Facts and links about Friday the 13th:
- The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia. According to some sources it's the most widespread superstition in the United States today. Some people refuse to go to work on Friday the 13th; some won't eat in restaurants; many wouldn't think of setting a wedding on the date. via About.com
- Christian origins of the fear of Friday the 13th: The fear of Friday the 13th stems from two separate fears -- the fear of the number 13 and the fear of Fridays. Both fears have deep roots in Western culture, most notably in Christian theology. Thirteen is significant to Christians because it is the number of people who were present at the Last Supper (Jesus and his 12 apostles). Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th member of the party to arrive. via howstuffworks.com
- More notable Friday the 13th traditions: Some trace the infamy of the number 13 back to ancient Norse culture. In Norse mythology, the beloved hero Balder was killed at a banquet by the mischievous god Loki, who crashed the party of twelve, bringing the group to 13. This story, as well as the story of the Last Supper, led to one of the most entrenched 13-related beliefs: You should never sit down to a meal in a group of 13. via howstuffworks.com
- Feeling unlucky today? If so, you're in the minority but certainly not alone: About 9% of Americans believe that Friday the 13th is jinxed, according to a 1990 Gallup poll. It's one of our more prevalent star-crossed superstitions, running a little behind a black cat crossing your path (which worries 14%) and walking beneath a ladder (12%) and a little ahead of breaking a mirror (4%). via opinionjournal.com
- Read the Urban Dictionary definition for paraskevidekatriaphobia.
- There's even a novel dedicated to Friday the 13th! Download "Friday, the Thirteenth" by Thomas W. Lawson from Project Gutenberg
- Did you ever notice? Airplanes don't have a row 13, and hotels don't have a 13th floor.
- Today is Friday the 13th. It's okay to admit this date gives you a twinge of anxiety. Bad things happen on Friday the 13th, right? As many as 21 million Americans will change their behavior today because of superstition. via huffingtonpost.com
- And if you're really, really, REALLY superstituous, here's 20 ways to improve your luck this Friday the 13th!