Friday the 13th is upon us and while countless tweens are celebrating the birth of Robert Pattinson, there are some 18 million Americans suffering from Friggatriskaidekaphobia.
Dating all the way back to the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi, the 13th law was omitted in the L.W. King (1910) translation.
According to some Christian traditions, Judas was 13th to sit at the table during the last supper.
In Viking lore, it was believed that if 13 people gather, one of them will die the following year.
Ancient Persians believed that the 12 constellations of the Zodiac each
ruled the earth for a thousand years, at the end of which the sky and
earth would collapse — associating the number 13 with chaos.
In modern culture, many hotels and dormitories lack a 13th floor. Err —
they rename the 13th floor “14” to avoid frightening people.
On the contrary, the Sikhism religion considers 13 to be a lucky number,
as does the country of Italy and Hamilton, New York’s Colgate
Will you be avoiding ladders, black cats and broken mirrors today? We
can’t think of a more appropriate day to kick back and watch “Friday the