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13 Friday the 13th facts: What to know about the ‘unlucky’ day


Friday the 13th has long been considered an unlucky or strange day by various cultures around the world.

Here’s a quick look at 13 by-the-numbers facts about how Friday the 13th and the number 13 are viewed in popular culture, the superstitious fear around the day and notable historical events that happened on what many believe is an ill-fated day.

Friday the 13th and the no. 13 in pop culture

John Chapter 13 – Some believe Friday the 13th superstitions are rooted in the Bible’s description of the Last Supper with the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, which is detailed in part in John Chapter 13. 


Readers of the Bible have noted that Christ was betrayed by the 13th guest to arrive at the Last Supper, Judas Iscariot, and Christ was later crucified on a Friday. 

1989 – Taylor Swift, singer of “1989,” considers the number 13 to be a lucky number. Swift was born on Dec. 13, 1989, and her 13th birthday in 2002 was on Friday the 13th, she’s publicly said in multiple interviews.

In 2009, MTV reported that Swift said her first album went gold in 13 weeks and her first song to go number one had a 13-second intro. 

“Every time I’ve won an award,…

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