Today is the first Friday 13th of the year. With that in mind, we thought we’d share a few things you may not know about this infamous day.
So, without further ado, here are 13 freaky facts about Friday 13th…
Friggartriskaidekaphobia is the morbid fear of Friday 13th
During the middle ages, the number 13 was said to represent devil worship
The longest period that can occur without a Friday the 13th is 14 months
Black Sabbath’s debut album was released in the UK on a Friday 13th in 1970
Despite only having a budget of $550,000, cult horror flick Friday the 13th grossed $39.7 million at the box office in the US
Margaret Thatcher was born on Friday 13th October 1923
On Friday April 13th, 2029, the asteroid 99942 will make its closest encounter with our planet
Napoleon was said to be a sufferer of triskaidekaphobia – a general fear of the number 13
Many hospitals don’t have a room 13, while airports don’t have a gate 13
The Uruguayan rugby team’s plane crashed in the Andes mountains on Friday 13th October, 1972
A fear of Fridays is thought to be rooted in the bible, as this is day on which Eve ate the forbidden fruit
In Spanish speaking nations, Tuesday 13th is regarded as the unlucky day
On Friday 13th 2006, 36 inches of snow fell on upstate New York, which ended up causing $130 million worth of damage
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