Fridays have been considered unlucky since medieval times — a day once called Hangman’s Day, Connecticut College psychology professor Stuart Vyse told USA Today.
As for the number 13, many countries besides the United States, such as Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, considered it to be unlucky.
People look towards the number 13 as something negative…in Tarot (cards used for predicting the future or meditation), the 13th card is the death card.
Placed together, Friday and 13 are certainly double the trouble for the superstitious.
History reveals that in October 1307, on the thirteenth of Friday that year, many Knights Templar were arrested and burned at the stake in France, according to the Independent.
Known as some of the most powerful and wealthy military men in the country, the Templar brothers were accused of crimes such as idolatry and homosexuality, and therefore landed on King Philip IV’s death list, History Today writes.
Some practicing Christians recognize Friday the 13th as the day that Jesus was crucified.
Judas Iscariot, a disciple of Jesus Christ who eventually betrays him, is also known as the 13th dinner guest at Jesus’ last meal, The Last Supper, writes National Geographic.
Fortunately for anyone deathly afraid of Friday the 13th, they can breathe much easier knowing their fear at least has a clinical name.
Defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as friggatriskaidekaphobia, Friday the 13th causes feelings of dread for those afflicted by the thought of the day.