Why is Friday the 13th bad luck?

Posted by J Greaney on


The superstition around this day is thought to have come about during the Middle Ages, and may have Biblical origins.

Some historians have claimed it was the day on which Eve bit the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, the great flood began and the builders of the Tower of Babel.

 In 1993 there was research done on this belief and it was proven that there was a general increase in hospital admissions on this date.


Bad things that happened on Friday the 13th in recent years.

 In 1976, New Yorker Daz Baxter was apparently so afraid of Friday the 13th he decided the safest place to stay was his bed. However, Mr Baxter was killed when the floor of his apartment block collapsed that day.


During the 1990s retired bus conductor Bob Renphrey also vowed to stay in bed on the superstitious day after some seriously bad luck. The Welshman has crashed fours cars, fallen into a river and been made redundant on previous Friday the 13ths.


In 2009, the £13.5m SAW ride at Thorpe Park had its opening premiere, only to be shut down due to a computer programming fault. Spooky.


In 2010, lightning struck a 13-year-old Suffolk boy on Friday 13th at 13:13. Definitely unlucky for him.


In 2012, The Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground on Friday 13 in January off the western coast of Italy killing 30 people.


 Some Day’s aren’t even safe in bed but at least you will be comfortable with the new Memory Foam Flake Pillow. I hope you all have a great weekend and stay safe. 

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