The Unlucky 13

Today is Friday the thirteenth and many fear this day. There are many theories and ideas as to why this day is unlucky. The superstition has thought to have come during the Middle Ages. Some historians claim it was the day on which Eve bit the apple from the Tree of Knowledge.  Templar Jacques de Molay cursed the Pope and the King of France on Friday the thirteenth and  misfortunes  followed.

I find it interesting that many buildings and hotels are missing the thirteenth floor in Western countries. Houses often don’t have the number thirteen either. It is considered unlucky for thirteen people to dine together and the first one to rise will reach serious misfortune. Did you know that President Roosevelt refused to travel on Friday the 13th?

Some real misfortunes have happened in history on Friday the 13th.  In 1976, a man by the name, Dan Baxter decided the safest place to stay on one Friday the 13th, was his bed. He was killed when the floor of his apartment collapsed that day. Another mysterious tale involves a thirteen year old boy who was struck by lightening on Friday the 13th at 13: 13. Some people believe if you call the doctor on Friday the 13th for the first time it is an omen of death.

The greatest danger on Friday the 13th is those who believe in the superstition strongly. As a result, they become anxious and distracted, thereby causing their own accidents and it becoming a fulfilled prophecy. If you tell someone they are cursed and they believe it, their blood pressure rises and they put themselves at risk. IMG_0259