Friday the 13th - (friggatriskaidekaphobia)

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    Feb 12, 2009 5:52 PM GMT
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    13 Facts About Friday the 13th
    By LiveScience Staff
    posted: 12 February 2009 12:05 pm ET
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    If you fear Friday the 13th, then batten down the hatches. This week's unlucky day is the first of three this year.

    The next Friday the 13th comes in March, followed by Nov. 13. Such a triple whammy comes around only every 11 years, said Thomas Fernsler, a math specialist at the University of Delaware who has studied the number 13 for more than 20 years.

    By the numbers

    Here are 13 more facts about the infamous day, courtesy of Fernsler and some of our own research:

    1. The British Navy built a ship named Friday the 13th. On its maiden voyage, the vessel left dock on a Friday the 13th, and was never heard from again.

    2. The ill-fated Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST on Apr. 11, 1970. The sum of the date's digits (4-11-70) is 13 (as in 4+1+1+7+0 = 13). And the explosion that crippled the spacecraft occurred on April 13 (not a Friday). The crew did make it back to Earth safely, however.

    3. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor.

    4. 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.

    5. Quarterback Dan Marino wore No. 13 throughout his career with the Miami Dolphins. Despite being a superb quarterback (some call him one of the best ever), he got to the Super Bowl just once, in 1985, and was trounced 38-16 by the San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana (who wore No. 16 and won all four Super Bowls he played in).

    6. Butch Cassidy, notorious American train and bank robber, was born on Friday, April 13, 1866.

    7. Fidel Castro was born on Friday, Aug. 13, 1926.

    8. 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 Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.

    9. Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.

    10. 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."

    11. Woodrow Wilson considered 13 his lucky number, though his experience didn't support such faith. He arrived in Normandy, France on Friday, Dec. 13, 1918, for peace talks, only to return with a treaty he couldn't get Congress to sign. (The ship's crew wanted to dock the next day due to superstitions, Fernsler said.) He toured the United States to rally support for the treaty, and while traveling, suffered a near-fatal stroke.

    12. 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.

    13. The seals on the back of a dollar bill include 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 stars above the eagle's head, 13 war arrows in the eagle's claw and 13 leaves on the olive branch. So far there's been no evidence tying these long-ago design decisions to the present economic situation.
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    Feb 12, 2009 6:47 PM GMT
    Fascinating Facts about Friday the 13th

    * In French Lick Springs, Indiana, a law was once passed requiring all black cats to wear bells.
    * Greek philosophers called 13 an 'imperfect' number.
    * Friday was the common day for people to be hanged in the past.
    * Hangmen were once paid thirteen pence halfpenny.
    * Some Texans say never to cut any kind of garment on a Friday because it will not be completed.
    * Many airplanes do not have a 13th row.
    * Many ships will not start a voyage on the 13th, particularly, Friday the 13th.


    Hang on to your guys. It's the day before Valentines!
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    Feb 12, 2009 6:57 PM GMT
    justinono said2. The ill-fated Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST on Apr. 11, 1970. The sum of the date's digits (4-11-70) is 13 (as in 4+1+1+7+0 = 13). And the explosion that crippled the spacecraft occurred on April 13 (not a Friday). The crew did make it back to Earth safely, however.
    I realize all this is in fun, but 4-11-1970 digits add up to 23. One convenience of numerology is that you can leave out any substantiation that doesn't support the hypothesis. In this case, leaving out the 19 of 1970.
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    Feb 12, 2009 6:58 PM GMT
    I'm a "Professional 14th Guest"....Can be booked for dinner parties anywhere in the world, as long as first class travel is providedicon_biggrin.gif

    Although...I have heard that the Ritz in London provide a teddy bear to sit as the 14th guest when require...Could be a cheaper option...
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    Feb 12, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    Speakin' of FRIDAY THE 13TH ---- DAMMMMN can't wait till MIDNIGHT tonight to see the Friday The 13TH remake/reboot of the movie franchise!! icon_lol.gif So Stoked!!!
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    Feb 12, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    Ah numerology, posssibly even more stupid than astrology.
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    Feb 12, 2009 7:04 PM GMT
    Friday the 13th...no matter how crappy, it's still a Friday.

    Monday the 13th....that's my nemesis.
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    Feb 12, 2009 7:06 PM GMT
    Beaux saidFriday the 13th...no matter how crappy, it's still a Friday.

    Monday the 13th....that's my nemesis.


    I'll drink to that icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 12, 2009 7:12 PM GMT
    I've never had particularly bad luck on Friday the 13th or with the number in general. My only true phobia is luposlipaphobia.
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    Feb 12, 2009 7:14 PM GMT
    AKA_B1GK saidSpeakin' of FRIDAY THE 13TH ---- DAMMMMN can't wait till MIDNIGHT tonight to see the Friday The 13TH remake/reboot of the movie franchise!! icon_lol.gif So Stoked!!!


    me too!!
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    Feb 12, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    I was born on Friday the 13th!


    so in the name of numbers... any views on the number 108
    yeah, I love LOST!
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    Feb 12, 2009 7:49 PM GMT
    Ayltws saidI'm a "Professional 14th Guest"....Can be booked for dinner parties anywhere in the world, as long as first class travel is provided
    I'm a professional 13th guest bouncer. Will work for food.
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    Feb 12, 2009 7:55 PM GMT
    Doesn't the eagle on the dollar bill hold 13 arrows?

    GuerrillaSodomite saidI've never had particularly bad luck on Friday the 13th or with the number in general. My only true phobia is luposlipaphobia.


    From Urban Dictionary:

    1. luposlipaphobia

    The fear of being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table whilst wearing socks on a newly waxed floor.
    As the dogs approached little Matty, it re-kindled his luposlipaphobia, as he sat at the table in his new fluffy warm socks.
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    Feb 12, 2009 7:59 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI've never had particularly bad luck on Friday the 13th or with the number in general. My only true phobia is luposlipaphobia.


    So would the timberwolves be old family members from your past? icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 12, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    With Oz being ahead of the USA. It's already Friday the 13th down here. Already I'm having a grand day.
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    Feb 12, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
    hogwash.... it's only bad luck if you think it is.
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    Feb 12, 2009 8:16 PM GMT
    Where is Miasma when you need him....icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 12, 2009 8:26 PM GMT
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    GuerrillaSodomite saidI've never had particularly bad luck on Friday the 13th or with the number in general. My only true phobia is luposlipaphobia.


    So would the timberwolves be old family members from your past? icon_cool.gif


    Yeah, irreversible lycanthropy can be a real bitch. They get really grumpy when they misplace their squeaky toys.
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    Feb 12, 2009 8:30 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI've never had particularly bad luck on Friday the 13th or with the number in general. My only true phobia is luposlipaphobia.

    luposlipaphobia.jpg

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    Feb 12, 2009 8:39 PM GMT
    OMG! I think I just peed myself SAHEM.icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 12, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidOMG! I think I just peed myself SAHEM.icon_lol.gif

    what're friends for?
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    Feb 12, 2009 8:43 PM GMT
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    GuerrillaSodomite saidOMG! I think I just peed myself SAHEM.icon_lol.gif

    what're friends for?


    Thanks, I need fresh panties now.
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    Feb 12, 2009 8:56 PM GMT
    im so stoked for friday the 13th my friends and i r such horror geeks tommorow is gunna be a blast especially to see the new friday 13th movie. holahh!!
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    Feb 12, 2009 11:09 PM GMT
    It is nonsense. As with walking under a ladder. Or seeing just one magpie. Or a photo of a boy and his girlfriend within the same frame. Or a photo of your pregnant wife. It is only bad luck if you believe these to be. If these things were really true, I think by now I would be long dead!
    One interesting thought comes out of this idea of Friday 13th. Suppose I have been in a coma for a period of time, and have just come round, and I have no idea what the date and day of the week it is, or for that matter I suffered loss of memory and I forgotten the date. Would I still suffer a lion's share of bad luck, even if I had no idea what day or date it is?
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    Feb 12, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    its fun nonsesne