Friday the 13th: What’s so unlucky about 13?

  • Debbie Lord
  • Cox Media Group National Content Desk
11:04 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 Austin360 Home

Friday the 13th.

Does the thought of that date send shivers down your spine? Do you think of bad luck, bizarre happenings, aluminum (see below)? If so, don’t worry.

You’re not alone.

The fear of Friday the 13, or just the number 13, is a common one. So common, in fact, there’s a name for it.

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History is silent on how the number has come to be seen as unlucky, but there is a rather unnerving amount (more than 13) of historical events that have likely led to the misfortune under which 13 suffers.

Here are a few.

When it was unlucky

When it was lucky

Where 13 is not used

13 in general