It's Friday the 13th! Jan 13, 2017 5:28:07 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on Jan 13, 2017 5:28:07 GMT -5
It's Friday the 13th!
Beware superstitious friends: It’s Friday the 13th again! Our first one of the year is January 13th – today!
Here are some fun facts about the day you might not know:
Fear of the day is likely rooted in Christianity. Jesus was crucified on Friday and ever since, the day has been associated with “general ill omen,” explained Michael Bailey, a history professor at Iowa State University who specializes in the origins of superstitions, told USA Today. Weddings in the Middle Ages, for instance, were not performed on Fridays and it was not a day someone would begin a journey, he added.
Thirteen guests are believed to have attended the Last Supper, the night before Christ was crucified, according to Stuart Vyse, a psychology professor at Connecticut College. And Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, is considered to have been the 13th guest.
The superstition’s origins are mysterious. It’s unclear when Friday and the number 13 became linked in the way we think of them today, according to Vyse and Bailey. There are no mentions of Friday the 13th before the 19th century.
Fear of the day itself has an official name. It is called paraskevidekatriaphobia. So many people suffer from this disorder that an estimated $900 million is lost every Friday that falls on the 13th because people are afraid to work or travel on the unlucky day.
A 2011 German study published in the World Journal of Surgery explored whether there is a link between Friday the 13th and an increase of blood loss and the frequency of emergency room visits on those days. Researchers reviewed 3,281 days at a hospital facility that included 15 Friday the 13ths. They found no correlation. “Our data indicate that such beliefs are myths far beyond reality,” the study concluded.
Oddly, or perhaps not so oddly, with the exception of a handful of entertainers, very few truly famous people were born on Friday the 13th. The few that were include Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, Alfred Hitchcock, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Fidel Castro.
Sources: Lori Grisham, USA Today, January 12, 2017; WFMK Radio; and Elite Daily.