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Friday, September 13, 2013


Do you know why Friday the 13th got such a bad reputation?

By tradition, Adam and Eve were purported to have died on a the then nonexistent “Friday”. The Temple of Solomon was said to have been destroyed on Friday. And Jesus was traditionally considered to have been crucified on a Friday

It is considered incredibly bad luck to have 13 people sitting at a table for dinner, which supposedly is due to the fact that Judas Iscariot was by tradition the 13th person to be seated to dine at the Last Supper.

According to the old Norse myth, 12 gods were feasting at the banquet hall at Valhalla, when Loki, the god of Mischief, showed up uninvited.

This, of course, brought the count of gods up to the dreaded number of 13. Loki then encouraged Hod, the blind god of winter and darkness, to murder Balder the Good with a spear of mistletoe,

throwing all of Valhalla into mourning, and once again providing another example of a story in history that congregating with 13 for dinner is a bad idea.

So when did Friday and the number 13 join forces like a DUMB AND DUMBER of bad luck to terrorize the masses?
You’ll often read that it’s when the Knights Templar were arrested on Friday, October 13, 1307. However, that origin story is a modern notion with no basis in any documented history.
Others point to the last day of King Harold II’s reign on Friday, October 13, 1066. William of Normandy gave him the opportunity to relinquish his crown, which he refused. The next day William took it by force at the Battle of Hastings, causing Harold’s demise.
A documented reference comes from 1869, in the biography of Gioachino Rossini where the author, Henry Sutherland Edwards notes:
"He [Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that one Friday 13th of November he died."
May your Friday the 13th be unusually lucky today!


  1. Between you and Six Maria, I got quite an education on the background of Friday the 13th today.

  2. Alex:
    That's siV Maria! Always call a pretty blonde by her right name!

    I'm glad you liked our posts. :-)

  3. you sure know how to make something great like today's holiday and make it greater...

  4. yes, a holiday... too bad there isn't a cake or something.

  5. So was I born under a sign since my birthday was a Friday the 13th? Perhaps I was destined for a strange line of work...

    Great information, especially drawing in non-Christian sources for the origins of the day.

  6. What a fun post! This summer we visited "Billy's Place," his fortress at Caen. No mention of Friday the 13th being part of Harold's demise, so I guess that added to the lore later.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. I had no idea there were so many connections to the whole 13th as unlucky idea. Great post, Roland. :)

  8. Jeeremy:
    Like you said on your post: It's Jason's Birthday -- the present is if he does NOT show up for the party!! Thanks for the nice words about my words. :-)

    I thought most knew about the Christian-oriented reasons -- the Norse and Invasion ones were fascinating, weren't they?

    I would have liked to have gone with you on that tour! Mark Twain, the ghostly traveler, says he went there many times and the guide didn't want to spook travelers with any mention of Friday the 13th! :-)

    Alas I am working solo this weekend AND on first call! Whew!

    Siv Maria has even more connections to Friday the 13th! Thanks for liking this post. :-)