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Top 5 Friday the 13th Facts

Every year, Friday the 13th stirs up spooky occurrences, eerie events and bizarre happenings. Or maybe that’s just what we think. Read on for the top five weird Friday the 13th facts


Birthday Party

Many famous figures in popular culture and history were born on Friday the 13th, but what’s strange is the crop when considered together. We sure can’t imagine these blokes celebrating together. Fidel Castro (1926), Steve Buscemi (1957) and Margaret Thatcher (1923) were all born on a Friday the 13th. Legendary rapper Tupac Shakur died on Friday the 13th in 1996.


Unlucky Number

Architects and civil engineers are also superstitious! Many hospitals don’t have a room 13. Many airports don’t have a gate 13, and most elevators don’t have a button for the 13th floor.


Decimotercero, Hermano

In Spain and many Spanish-speaking countries, it is Tuesday the 13th that is traditionally feared. In Italy, Friday the 17th is a day of bad luck.



Party of 14!

In Paris, superstitious diners in parties of 13 can either order an additional place to be set or hire a quatorzieme, a professional 14th guest.



13 Dollars

The U.S. economy loses up to 900 million dollars every time there is a Friday the 13th—many people avoid business deals or work on the allegedly doomed date.