Friday, 13 February 2015

Happy Friday the 13th everybody!!

Here are some fun facts about this unpopular date! 

So many people are wary or afraid of this date, but did you know that this "phobia" actually has a name?
It is called friggatriskaidekaphobia.

Good news for the superstitious, Friday the 13th will occur only once in the year 2014, according to sources. Unfortunately, bad luck will reign again in the year 2015, with three Friday the 13th days on the calendar, in February, March and November.

Hotels, skyscrapers and even hospitals have been known to skip out on creating a 13th floor due to its numeral connection to the unlucky day. While not all establishments follow this superstitious trend, some have played into it. The Curtis Hotel in Denver, Colo., however, laughs in the face of fear by playing the "dun, dun, dunnnnn!!" theme in the elevator shaft for guests as they arrive on the 13th floor.

According to a report from U.K.’s The Mirror, 72 percent of United Kingdom residents claimed to having had experiences with bad luck on Friday the 13th. The participants polled admitted to avoiding traveling, attending business meetings and making large purchases on this unlucky day, with 34 percent admitting to wanting to “hide under their duvet" for the upcoming dates.

The “Friday the 13th” film franchise has been frightening moviegoers since its debut in 1980, and yet it continues to sweep up its box-office competition. According to, the dozen films named after the haunted holiday have raked in more than $380 million nationally, with an average gross of $31 million per feature.

Friggatriskaidekaphobia must have been rampant in the year 1984, when, according to USA Today, Friday the 13th occurred three times in one year, each date occuring exactly 13 weeks apart. The unlucky dates were January 13, April 13 and July 13.

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