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Is Friday the 13th Always Haunted? Facts to Know

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Are you the type of person who does everything possible to avoid the number 13? Do you do whatever you can to avoid back luck on Friday the 13th? Do you consider yourself superstitious in an overall sense?

It goes without saying that no one treats Friday the 13th like a national holiday. There’s nothing exciting about this day, except for the fact that it doesn’t come around often.

Even if you are not the superstitious type, it goes without saying that you may have some fears when you see Friday the 13th on the calendar.

This leads us to an important question: is there really anything you need to be scared about? This all depends on whom you listen to.

For example, there are reports of increased danger for motorists on Friday the 13th. This is the type of thing that will have you thinking twice about the decisions you make when this day rolls around.

Here are some of the most interesting facts regarding Friday the 13th:

1. Many people are scared

Did you know that approximately 10 percent of the United States population has a fear of the number 13? That may not sound like a big number, until you consider just how many people live in the United States.

Friday the 13th can lead to a variety of financial losses, such as those related to people who are afraid to leave their house on this day.

2. Bad things have happened on Friday the 13th

Whether it is coincidence or not, many bad things have happened on Friday the 13th.

For example, on October 13th 1972, a plane crashed into the Andes, killing many people who were on board.

Did you know that the Germans also dropped a bomb on Buckingham Palace on the 13th? Or what about the fact that the stock market suffered one of its biggest hits of all time, which occurred on October 13th 1989?

These are the types of events that scare people into thinking that Friday the 13th can bring bad things to their life.

3. Friday has many religious meanings

Friday is mentioned many times in the bible, and not always for good reasons.

Did you know that this was the day Cain killed Abel? Did you know that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit on a Friday?

Those who are religious may look at these events as signs that Friday is not a good day of the week.

4. The 13th Floor

Get this: many high-rise buildings and hotels in the United States do not have a 13th floor. The reason for this is simple: the belief that the number 13 is unlucky.

The next time you find yourself in a tall building, head for the elevator to see if there is a 13th floor. You are likely to find that it does not exist.

5. Sundays are to blame

Although many people look at Friday as the problem, there is another culprit to turn your attention to: Sunday.

Did you know that a month has to begin on a Sunday if there is going to be a Friday the 13th? This is a little known fact that can help you spot this day well in advance.


There will always be people out there who feel that Friday the 13th is haunted. No matter what you tell them or what they hear, they are not going to change their mind.

Conversely, there are people who never think twice about this day. Sure, they may recognize it on their calendar, but it doesn’t change their approach. They go about their day just the same as they would any other.

Even if you don’t believe in Friday the 13th, it’s always fun to learn more about this day and its place in history. You never know when you’ll come across a fact that could change the way you feel about this day.

What are your thoughts on Friday the 13th? Do you have any reason to believe that it is haunted? Do you change your ways when you see this day approaching on your calendar? Share your thoughts and past experiences in the comment section below.

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