Friday Fun Facts: Friday the 13th

friday the 13thIt’s Friday the 13th, folks! Are you worried? I typically don’t put much stock in the superstition, but as I’m sitting here in the car shop getting my brakes fixed, I’m starting to wonder.

No one knows just where this superstition originated, though there are a few links to literature that may be responsible for keeping the curse alive:

  • Friday the Thirteenth is a novel by once Wall Street big shot Thomas W. Lawson, published in 1907. In the story, a financier picks Friday the 13th to be the day he will start a stock market panic and bring down Wall Street. Oddly enough, in real life, Lawson’s seven-masted schooner wrecked on Friday the 13th.
  • The “unlucky thirteen” may have started with Norse myth when Loki, the murderer of the god of light, is the thirteenth guest to arrive at a dinner of the gods, after which the murder takes place and the world is plunged into darkness. Unlucky, indeed!
  • In The Da Vinci Code, published in 2003, Dan Brown explored the idea that the origins of Friday the 13th are connected to the arrest of the Knights of Templar on Friday, October 13, 1307.

Do you have any Friday the 13th stories? If so, we’d love to hear them!

 

Sources: Friday the 13th: The Evolution of a Superstition, and Wikipedia: Thomas W. Lawson.

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