Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th

It has become an Obstructed Views’ tradition to do a “holiday” post.  So why should Friday the 13th be any different?  Maybe it’s my own superstitions but here are 13 “freaky” facts about Friday the 13th:

1.       In 2012 there are 3 Friday the 13ths – January, April, and July

2.       The next Friday the 13th in April is….13 weeks away…..and July 13th is exactly….13 weeks after that

3.       The fear of Friday the 13th is known as Friggatriskaidekaphobia

4.       Most buildings in America do not have a 13th floor, many hospitals don’t have a room 13th, and many airlines don’t have a row 13

5.       Friday the 13th will cost many businesses between $800-$900 million because people are afraid to travel, make major purchases, or conduct business

6.       13 is considered unlucky (irregular) because it follows 12 which is a considered a complete number….12 months in a year, 12 zodiac signs, 12 eggs in a dozen…etc….

7.       Friday the 13th happens at least once every year and no more than 3 times in a year.

8.       Franklin Delano Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th of any month and would never have just 13 dinner guests…he also refused to travel on the 13th

9.       On the back of the dollar bill:  There are 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 stars above the eagles head, 13 war arrows in the eagles claw, 13 leaves on the olive branch, 13 bars and stripes on the shield, 13 letters in the "E Pluribus Unum" on the ribbon…..

10.   Born on Friday the 13th – Butch Cassidy, Fidel Castro, Peter Tork, Steve Buscemi, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Darius Rucker, and the Olsen Twins

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11.   Tupac Shakur died on Friday the 13th – September 1996

12.   The Friday the 13th movie franchise has 12 movies

13.   A Baker’s Dozen is equal to 13

That’s it for Friday the 13th.  Do you have any good facts associated with 13?  Be sure to leave a comment.  Good luck to everyone out there.  Until next time this is Jimbo saying, watch out for black cats and don’t step on any cracks….
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  1. Fun facts, good to know stuff. I never paid attention to the rows on a plane, I'll have to the next time I fly. Thanks!

  2. Interesting! I know I sure didn't feel *complete* at the age of 12. :)

  3. I share the interest in the number 13 in general, and recently read a very interesting book about it, which includes x-cultural info (it's lucky in some parts of the world), the marketing implications (people won't sit in a row 13 on airplanes, for example) and the history (as much as we can tell) that comes largely from Christianity! Here's the link, for those interested: