Following on from our fact based blogs about Christmas and New Year we thought we’d give you some freaky facts about Friday the 13th.

With all the severe flood warnings and storms forecast for today the doom mongers and superstitious will be saying “we told you so”, as Friday the 13th is considered by many as one of the unluckiest days of the year.

Psychologists have even come up with a word for how you’re feeling – “paraskavedekatriaphobia”, or fear of Friday the 13th.

In 2017, there will be two Friday the 13ths – January 13 and October 13.

The origins of Friday the 13th being an unlucky date are shrouded in mystery. The most commonly held perception is that Friday is an unlucky day and 13 is a particularly unlucky number.


Here are some more interesting facts:

  • On Nov. 13, 1970 a huge South Asian storm killed an estimated 300,000 people in Chittagong, Bangladesh, and created floods that killed as many as 1 million in the Ganges delta.
  • A Uruguayan rugby team’s plane crashed in the Andes mountain range on Friday, October 13, 1972.
  • Many hospitals have no room 13, while airports don’t have a Gate 13. Hotels and skyscrapers also tend to dismiss the unlucky floor by skipping straight from 12 to 14.
  • Jan. 13, 1989 – The “Friday the 13th virus” infected hundreds of IBM computers across Great Britain, wiping out program files and causing considerable anxiety at a time when large-scale computer viruses were a relatively new threat.
  • A 1993 study in the British Medical Journal found there were a higher number of traffic-related incidences on Friday the 13th as compared to a random day.
  • On March 13, 2009, the £13.5 million SAW ride at Thorpe Park had its opening premiere, only to be shut down due to a computer programming fault.
  • In 2010, lightning struck a 13-year-old Suffolk boy on Friday 13th at 13:13.

– Let’s all be careful out there today – good luck!