TODAY is Friday the 13th, a day viewed as unlucky by the superstitious and a date that inspired a series of 12 horror films.
1. Fear of the number 13 is triskaidekaphobia; fear of Friday the 13th is friggatriskaidekaphobia (after Frigga, the goddess who gave her name to Friday).
2. Mediaeval Christians thought Friday unlucky as the day of the crucifixion, and 13 has been thought unlucky since pre-Christian times, but the two were not linked until the 19th century.
3. The first reference to an unlucky Friday the 13th came in an 1869 biography of the composer Rossini who died on Friday November 13, 1868.
4. Every year has at least one Friday 13th and at most three.
5. This year has two: September 13 and today.
*Every year has at least one Friday 13th and at most three
6. Research in Finland has shown that women are more likely to die in traffic accidents on Friday the 13th than on other Fridays…
7. …The figures for men, however, showed no difference for Friday 13th traffic deaths.
8. The 13th of the month is more likely to be a Friday than any other day of the week.
9. In any 400-year period, there are 688 Friday the 13ths. Sunday and Wednesday are next with 687.
10. Exactly 200 characters have been killed in the 12 Friday the 13th films.