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FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA!. . .this year has 3 Friday the 13ths & 13 facts about Friday the 13th. . .
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 13, 2009 03:25PM
. . .March and November are next. ..


13 Facts About Friday the 13th

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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Re: FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA!. . .this year has 3 Friday the 13ths & 13 facts about Friday the 13th. . .
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: February 13, 2009 04:02PM
Now that this topic has reappeared I can do a response saying that item one is a complete myth. There never was a Royal Navy ship of that name.
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Re: FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA!. . .this year has 3 Friday the 13ths & 13 facts about Friday the 13th. . .
Posted by: decay
Date: February 13, 2009 04:08PM
Got hair in a girl
That flows to her bones
And a comb in her pocket
If the wind get blown
Stripes on her eyes when she walks slow
But her face falls down
When she go, go, go
Black tear falling on my lazy queen
Gotta tattooed tit say number 13



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Re: FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA!. . .this year has 3 Friday the 13ths & 13 facts about Friday the 13th. . .
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 13, 2009 04:08PM
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Naval Friday 13th myth unfounded reports BBC online news
Historians have dispelled a rumour that the Royal Navy once launched a ship called HMS Friday to encourage sailors to set sail on that day.

According to the myth, the Royal Navy launched HMS Friday on a Friday and put a Captain James Friday in command before it mysteriously disappeared. But Portsmouth's Royal Navy Museum said no HMS Friday had ever existed. The museum's Julian Thomas said the story 'regularly arose', particularly around a superstitious Friday the 13th.

'Sailors are superstitious'
He added there was 'absolutely no truth to the tale which has many internet references'. 'Presumably, it has surfaced because of it being Friday the 13th this week and there are dozens of references to it on the internet,' said Mr Thomas.

'Sailors certainly are superstitious - it's something to do with being at the mercy of such an unpredictable element as the sea - and anyway who would want to give up a weekend ashore. 'But we can confirm that there has never been a Royal Navy ship named HMS Friday - or after any other day of the week for that matter.'

Another related legend believed by many fishermen is: 'A Friday's sail, always fail.'




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Re: FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA!. . .this year has 3 Friday the 13ths & 13 facts about Friday the 13th. . .
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: February 13, 2009 04:12PM
13 stripes for the 13 original states of the union. Significance on the left side of the pond...



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Re: FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA!. . .this year has 3 Friday the 13ths & 13 facts about Friday the 13th. . .
Posted by: $tevie
Date: February 13, 2009 04:12PM
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Re: FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA!. . .this year has 3 Friday the 13ths & 13 facts about Friday the 13th. . .
Posted by: Bo
Date: February 13, 2009 06:43PM
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NewtonMP2100
. . .March and November are next. ..

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.

This topic came up yesterday, and despite my not being a math specialist, I don't think the above is exactly true. It occurred in 1970, 1981, 1987, 1998, 2009 and will occur again in 2015. Looks more like a pattern of 11yrs, 6yrs, 11yrs, 11yrs, 6yrs. etc. to me unless I'm missing something.

The real rarity is three Fri 13ths (Jan/Apr/Jul) in a leap year that starts on a Sunday. I think this happens every 28yrs (2012, 2040, 2068 etc)
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Re: FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA!. . .this year has 3 Friday the 13ths & 13 facts about Friday the 13th. . .
Posted by: Black
Date: February 13, 2009 10:12PM
So does =everyone= have bad luck on Friday the 13th, wherever they are? Why even worry about it-- nothing you can do to avoid it.
Some superstitions are fun but this one's just dumb.




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Re: FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA!. . .this year has 3 Friday the 13ths & 13 facts about Friday the 13th. . .
Posted by: wolfcry911
Date: February 13, 2009 10:51PM
I turned 13 on Friday the 13th smiling smiley
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