I don’t know about you, but when the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday, I get a little nervous and avoid walking under ladders and black cats—you know, all those superstitions that go along with Friday the 13th. But what are the real facts of this particular creepy day?
The Rule of Three: Aside from the superstitions that go along with Friday the 13th, the idea that bad things happen in threes is something else that gives people the willies. Thankfully, Friday the 13th can only occur no more than three times a year.
The 13th floor—or lack thereof: Studies say more than 80 percent of high-rise buildings in the U.S. don’t have a 13th floor. Call it a silly superstition, but I’d say better safe than sorry … right?
The rule of Sunday: And you thought Monday was the day of the week you dreaded most. In order for any given month to actually have a Friday the 13th, the first day of the month must be a Sunday. (Case in point: the recently passed Sunday, July 1.)
There’s a name for that: Do you fear Friday the 13th? Then you suffer from a condition called friggatriskaidekaphobia, also known as paraskevidekatriaphobia (talk about a mouthful).
The luck of the (box office) draw: There has been someluck associated with Friday the 13th: a very successful movie franchise called, of course, Friday The 13th. All in, the film series includes 12 movies that capitalize on the scare-factor of this seemingly frightful day. Another fact: The films have grossed more than $464 million worldwide, which sounds pretty good to us.