Friday the 13th the Story Behind the Superstition

Oh no it’s Friday the 13th…



It’s Friday the 13th. Don’t run in a lightening storm, don’t swim in the dark, stay away from the beach, the highway, your mother in law and giant dudes with hockey masks.

Everyone knows about Friday the 13th but what’s the story behind the superstition? There was of course that really awesome 80’s flick, Friday the 13th, which was made popular in the mid 80’s. This came just before John J. Robinson  wrote, Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry, in 1990 placing a connection between the Knights Templar and Friday the 13th, but what’s the real deal? What is it that drives everyone to be creeped out and pay extra close attention to near death situations on this superstitious day?

Drum roll please……..

Nada, zip, ziltch, ungatz, no cigar. 

That’s right kids. Friday the 13th is just a made up superstition that really has no documented history before the 20th century. Buzz kill I know.

Historically the number 13 is considered an unlucky number and Friday an unlucky day as it was the day Jesus was crucified, but that’s pretty much where that train stops. The term, “Friday the 13th”, came into pop culture in 1907 by Boston stockbroker Thomas Lawson who published a book called Friday the Thirteenth, but that’s about the stock market…. a snooze fest compared to the horror film franchise, Friday the 13th, that made the name “Jason” nearly as superstitious as the day.

So, there you have it, Friday the 13th is just a farce, but I’m the kind of girl that believes in superstitions just for fun so rock on with your freaky Friday but remember no bueno to giant dudes in hockey masks.

Check out Midnight Folklore’s version of  Friday the 13th



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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

4 Comments on this post

  1. Yup, you’re totally right. There’s no evidence of Friday 13th being an unlucky day before the 19th century. I’ve just done a dissection of where it could have possibly come from over at Midnight Folklore.

    Scott Malthouse / Reply

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