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Fascinating facts about Friday, the 13th.

Friday the 13th is the most known and interesting superstition of all time. It has intrigued the masses so much that movies, songs, books and even franchises around the same have continued to lure them across the time. We bring to you some of the most talked-about urban legends about Friday, the 13th.

A book from 1907 played a big role in propagating this superstition

Thomas Lawson, a stockbroker by profession, wrote a book in 1907 by the name Friday, the Thirteenth. The novel was about the tale of a stockbroker who triggered the collapse of the whole Wall Street by manipulating the stock market on Friday the 13th. It created such fear amongst the stockbrokers that they would not at all buy or sell shares on the day.

Knights Templar is also considered as one of the sources of this phobia

It is said that on Friday, October 13th 1307, Philip IV of France arrested members of the Templar and ran trials on them along with probable tortures. This spread as a superstition that on Friday, the 13th bad happened to Knights Templar and labelled the day as cursed and evil. But this is claimed to be untrue by many as the relevance of the day only erupted in the early 20th century.

Heavy Metal genre was born on Friday, the 13th

As said by the heavy metal fanbase, Black Sabbath released their first self-titled debut album in the UK on Friday, 13th, 1970. This event is known as the day when Heavy Metal was born. Apparently, the opening track of the album Black Sabbath was “Black Sabbath”which added to the spookiness around the day with associations such as dark, brooding and rocking subculture.

There is a scientific term for the fear

We all know that the fear of number 13th is known as triskaidekaphobia. To be more precise, you can use the terms, paraskevidekatriaphobiawhereParaskevi means Friday in Greek or friggatriskaidekaphobia, where Frigg is the Norse Goddess on whom Friday was named after in the English language.

In any year, there are no more than three Friday, the 13th

For all of you who are afraid or get spooked by the day, the good news is that there can’t be more than three Friday, the 13th, in any given year. Further, it is possible to run for as high as 14 months without experiencing even one such Friday landing on 13th!

There are a few more scary things associated with the day, such as the android collision or some Biblical references. But the fear continues to thrive.

Priyadarshini Kaul

Priyadarshini Kaul Mishra has two Master’s Degrees in English Literature and History. She is actively following her passion for the language by being a content creator since many years now. Besides this, Priyadarshini is a true bookworm at heart and tries to be an avid reader despite being a full-time mother now. She is also a professionally certified baker and puts on the oven mitts every now and then.
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