Fun Fact for Friday March 13, 2020.
13 March 2020
It’s Friday the 13th, probably the most unlucky day of any, but why? First of all, Friday the 13th will occur in any month that begins on a Sunday. That will happen at least once during a single year and may occur as many as three times. If you fear the number 13 you suffer from triskaidekaphobia. If you fear Friday the 13th you have paraskevidekatriaphobia. Wow, I’m was afraid to say that word. So, why is it so unlucky? The superstition surrounding this day may have originated in the Middle Ages, from the story of Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday. While there is evidence of both Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century. It’s estimated that businesses in the United States lose as much as nine hundred million dollars due to people fearing the day and not shopping on that day.