The Origins of Friday the 13th

There are several myths that explain why an ordinary day of the week combined with a date in the calendar is unlucky.
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  • 1 What makes an ordinary day of the week and the number on the calendar...
  • 2...combine to create the unluckiest day of the year?
  • 3According to author David Emery, Friday itself is an unlucky day of the week,...
  • 4...dating back to Roman times when Friday was execution day,...
  • 5...while the number 13 has its own lengthy list of bad omens.
  • 6Many cities do not have a 13th Street or Avenue.
  • 7Buildings are often built without 13th floors or they skip 13 when numbering the levels.
  • 8One belief even says if you have 13 letters to your name, it's the "devil's luck" for you.
  • 9Some examples include Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer and Theodore Bundy.
  • 10Well, this doesn't look good.
  • 11One, two, three, 13.
  • 12Thanks a lot, Mom and Dad.
  • 13This fear of Friday the 13th, paraskevidekatriaphobia,...
  • 14...grips an estimated 21 million Americans each year.
  • 15But few are to be found right here in the Northwoods.
  • 16So whether it truly stems back to a day of the week when executions were performed...
  • 17...or a number considered imperfect and unlucky, try not to let it change your luck today.
  • 18That is, unless you're...
  • 19..."Very superstitious."