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It’s Friday the 13th! Should you stay home?

Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?

Black cats rank right up there with Friday the 13th

 According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day.
 
They estimated that $800 or $900 million is lost in business since a great many people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed on Friday the 13th.

A British Medical Journal study showed a significant increase in traffic-related accidents on Fridays the 13th.

On Thursday, October 12, 1939, the town board of French Lick, Indiana, decreed that, beginning at midnight and continuing for 24 hours, all the black cats in town had to wear bells, so residents could avoid them on Friday the 13th that year. The board assigned the town marshal with the task of belling the cats.

Jacques de Molay

Some historians trace the superstition back to Friday, October 13, 1307, when the Pope in conjunction with the King of France issued death warrants against the Knights Templar, declaring former crusader knights who had morphed into the banking giants of the Middle Ages as heretics. The King confiscated their wealth. Their grandmaster, Jacque DeMolay, was arrested, tortured and crucified.

The Bible teaches that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit on a Friday.

CLICK HERE for weight-loss expert Janice Taylor’s musings on Friday the 13th

The Scandinavians considered number 13 bad luck because they believed 12 demigods ruled the world, but were joined by a 13th, Loki, who was evil and cruel – and delighted in bringing upon humans great misfortune.

Today, Friday the 13th is considered a day of bad luck in English-, French- and Portuguese-speaking countries around the world, as well as in Austria, Germany, Estonia, Finland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Bulgaria, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, and the Philippines.

CLICK HERE to read Deborah Caldwell’s thoughts on Friday the 13th

However, in Greece, Romania and several Spanish-speaking countries  it is Tuesday the 13th that is considered unlucky.

However, in Italy, Friday the 17th is dreaded as unlucky.

A 1933 study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology found that 95 per cent of college seniors and 91 per cent of freshmen at seven Midwestern colleges believed that “Friday the 13th always brings bad luck.”

Did you know Muslims consider Fridays the holiest day of the week? CLICK HERE to read more.

Today, many airlines don’t have a 13th row of seats. It’s the rare hotel that has a 13th floor. The only Apollo mission to fail in a planned moon landing was Apollo 13 — which almost didn’t make it back safely to Earth after an explosion on April 13, 1970.

The Rail Gazette International carried the following report in its April 1979 issue that on theIndian Railway’s Hassan-Mangalore line, major difficulties plagued “the opening of Tunnel No. 13 where rock falls impeded progress for months. Even Alpine-trained Engineers were perplexed until some one came up with the simplest of solutions. The tunnel was renamed as No. 12-A and suddenly all was well.”

So, be careful out there today. But remember that at the Last Supper, Jesus was the 13th person at the table and the following Friday was rough, it all turned out well — the redemption of all mankind and such. Also, there were 13 original U.S. colonies, our flag still bears 13 stripes and everybody loves getting a bonus at the doughnut shop, a “baker’s dozen” — 13 goodies.

But for we people of faith, the answer is found in Isaiah:

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;

When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.

For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel . . .
You are precious in my eyes, and honored,
and I love you . . .

Do not fear, for I am with you (Isaiah 43:1-5).

Those are some pretty outstanding promises from the Almighty. Kinda gives you strength for forget all this Friday the 13th silliness, eh?



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kenneth

posted May 12, 2011 at 8:46 pm


I haven’t made any powerful corrupt enemies who have sway with the Pope. I DID declare myself apostate to a Cardinal, but they have bigger fish to fry, and they’ve had other Friday the 13ths if they were going to make their move. I’m safe enough tomorrow….



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Nicci

posted May 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm


God is about blessings, not luck! So if He is for you, how can one day (Friday the 13th) or any other day for that matter be against you? Jesus is my Savior, and God is my Creator, and the Holy Spirit is my Comforter!!! These Magnificient 3, help me stand firm in spiritual knowledge that I can and I will because God is the Great “I AM”. I will not be compelled to the demonic forces that manipulate and criple the misguided spirits into fear! (Satan is below my feet, but I cannot stumble because God is above my head and He shall sustain me!)’Enough said’…I going to the grocery store right now and everyone else should go wherever and whenever they want as long as they remember to take God with them! Hallelujah; Glory to God!!!:)



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Ken Hallows

posted May 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm


I consider Friday the 13th my lucky day and look forward to it.
I know that God Blesses me every day and more so on the 13th.



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Sandy

posted May 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm


I have mixed feelings about the 13th day of any month. I was married on Friday the 13th and twelve years later involved in a bad traffic accident that left me hospitalized and in wheelchair for about 18 months. I don’t like to get up at 6:13 p.m. either and stay in bed till 6:14. God has blessed me with life though instead of loosing my life in the traffic accident so my cup is overflowing with blessings. God is good!



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Ross

posted May 14, 2011 at 1:56 am


(FAITH) COMES BY HEARING, AN HEARING,AN HEARING,GOD DOSENT GIVE US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR BUT OF POWER, LOVE, AND A SOUND MIND,HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD STARVE YOUR FEAR THOUGHTS AND FEED YOUR FAITH THOUGHTS.



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Amarie R.

posted May 14, 2011 at 11:40 am


There’s no such thing as good or bad luck,as long as u have faith in GOD. GOD will substain us, and see us thru anything.



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eve teslim market

posted May 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm


I believe friday 13 th,just movie but 13 is not good number in the world.



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