In honor of Friday the 13th, here are some fun facts about the superstitious occurence.

1. Fear of Friday the 13th — one of the most popular myths in science — is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.

2. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor and some airline terminals omit Gate 13.

3. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.

4. Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. “It was bad luck,” Twain later told the friend. “They only had food for 12.” Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.

5. The number 13 suffers from its position after 12, according to numerologists who consider the latter to be a complete number — 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 days of Christmas and 12 eggs in a dozen.

I also stumbled upon these interesting and irrelevant facts. Enjoy :)

  • Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite
  • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar
  • There are more chickens than people in the world
  • Almonds are a member of the peach family
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • Al Capone’s card said he was a used furniture dealer
  • An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain
  • A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds
  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge
  • The name for OZ in the “Wizard of OZ” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “OZ”
  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear
  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies room during a dance

Facts found here and here :)


Happy Friday!