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Friday the thirteenth is considered the unluckiest of days, unless you were born on Friday the thirteenth. If you were born on this day then Friday the thirteenth is your lucky day.
The origins of Friday superstitions are many. One of the best known is that Eve tempted Adam with the apple on a Friday. Tradition also has it that the Flood in the Bible, the confusion at the Tower of Babel, and the death of Jesus Christ all took place on Friday.
Long before the Bible was written, Friday was considered an important day. Primitive people set aside Fridays as a special time to worship their deities and ask them for good crops, health and happiness. Those who worked on this day were told not to expect "good luck" from the gods.
Like many human beliefs, the fear of Friday the 13th (known as paraskevidekatriaphobia) isn't exactly grounded in scientific logic. But the really strange thing is that most of the people who believe the day is unlucky offer no explanation at all, logical or illogical. As with most superstitions, people fear Friday the 13th for its own sake, without any need for background information.
Friday the Thirteenth
Any Friday which falls on the thirteenth day of the month. Friday is the unluckiest day of the week for Christians, who believe that Christ was crucified on this day. They also believe the number thirteen to be unlucky because there were thirteen present at the Last Supper, so Friday the 13th is a double wammy. The superstition of thirteen actually goes back farther. In Norse mythology there were thirteen present at a banquet in Valhalla when Balder (son of Odin) was slain, which led to the downfall of the gods. Around 1000 B.C., Hesiod wrote in Works and Days that the thirteenth day is unlucky for sowing, but favorable for planting. Friday the 13th will happen between one and three times in any given year.
B. H. Brown, a Dartmouth professor of mathematics in the 30s, proved that the thirteenth is more likely to fall on a Friday than any other day of the week. (Brown, B. H. Solution to Problem E36. American Mathematical Monthly 40, 607, 1933.) Leap years are determined in a way which depends on the number of the year modulo 400. But in 400 years, including 97 leap years, there are exactly 20,871 weeks. Hence the calendar repeats every 400 years. In 400 years the thirteenth of the month occurs 4800 times, distributed among the different days of the week as follows:
Originally posted by paulthefourth
I have no real opinion on the day itself - just relating something I remember reading about "13".
There's nothing I wouldn't do today that I would do any other day of the month - It's never really bothered me or my family, it's actually been a pretty good number for us - I was born at 2:13 AM in room 213, my brother was 13 when I was born and his birthday is Sep 13th, My Grandmother .......
Originally posted by Mizar
ACTUALLY its not a full moon. Although to the common observer it indeed is. It is still a "Waxing Gibbious" moon and is barely short of full.
Sorry to burst your bubble!
Originally posted by Nygdan
From what I understand, in latin america is Tuesday the 13th that is an issue, which throws a wrench into the templar idea, imo.