Friday 13th facts and memes: the best ways to mark the ‘unluckiest date of the year’.

FRIDAY the 13th is considered by many to be one of the most notorious and unlucky dates of the year, with superstitions dating back to the 12th century.

Researchers found one in five dread the arrival of the "scariest day of the year" and millions refuse to even leave their homes.

 Some people still just look on the bright side when Friday 13 comes around

Some people still just look on the bright side when Friday 13 comes around

Why do we fear Friday 13?

Many say it can all be blamed on triskaidekaphobia - the genuine fear of the number 13.

In the past the number was considered so unlucky people wouldn't even say it out loud.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th itself.

The fear is linked to the fact there were supposedly 13 at Jesus' Last Supper.

There are still over a million "genuine" cases in the US of people being petrified of this day.

13 memes to help take the fear out of Friday the 13th

 People have been known to have 'kittens' when Friday 13th comes around

People have been known to have 'kittens' when Friday 13th comes around

 Black cats have long been considered bad luck as they were once linked to witchcraft

Black cats have long been considered bad luck as they were once linked to witchcraft

 However, in many Asian countries, owning a black cat is considered lucky

However, in many Asian countries, owning a black cat is considered lucky

 Russians view black cats as signs of good luck and prosperity

Russians view black cats as signs of good luck and prosperity

 Friday the 13th is an American horror franchise that comprises twelve slasher films

Friday the 13th is an American horror franchise that comprises twelve slasher films

 More than 300 teens have so far been killed by Jason in the Friday the 13th movies

More than 300 teens have so far been killed by Jason in the Friday the 13th movies

 The masked mass murderer has become synonymous with the dodgy date

The masked mass murderer has become synonymous with the dodgy date

 Jason first hit the big screen on Friday 13 1980

Jason first hit the big screen on Friday 13 1980

 In medieval times people feared they would be cursed if they even said the number 13

In medieval times people feared they would be cursed if they even said the number 13

 One in five people say they have a genuine fear of the date

One in five people say they have a genuine fear of the date

 Many are quick to point out it could always be a lot, lot worse

Many are quick to point out it could always be a lot, lot worse

 Many say it can all be blamed on triskaidekaphobia - the genuine fear of the number 13

Many say it can all be blamed on triskaidekaphobia - the genuine fear of the number 13

 Some people refuse to even leave their homes when Friday 13th comes around

Some people refuse to even leave their homes when Friday 13th comes around

What are the spookiest things to have happened on Friday, 13th?

There are plenty of unfortunate occurrences linked to the notorious date.
Legendary horror writer William Peter Blatty, who penned The Exorcist, passed away.

That news followed the death of the Catholic priest who inspired the iconic horror.

Rapper Tupac Shakur died on Friday, September 13, 1996 - a week after he was shot.

On Friday, January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia capsized in Italy after it struck a reef.

Thirty-two people died in the wreck and the captain of the ship was found guilty of manslaughter.

Most horrifying of all, on Friday, October 13, 1972, a plane full of rugby players crashed into the Andes.

Only 27 passengers survived and, without supplies, they had to eat their dead teammates.

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