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Friday the 13th

What is behind the 13th Friday?

There are many superstitions regarding the association between Fridays and bad luck... Never change your bed on Friday; it will bring bad dreams.

Don't start a trip on Friday or you will have misfortune. If you cut your nails on Friday, you cut them for sorrow. Ships that set sail on Friday will have bad luck- as in the tail of H.M.S. Friday.

One hundred years ago, the British government set a quell, once and for all, the widespread superstition among seamen that setting sail on Fridays was unlucky. A special ship was commisioned, named H.M.S. Friday. They laid her keel on a Friday, selected her crew on a Friday and hired a man named Jim Friday to be her captain. To top it off, H.M.S. Friday embarked on her maiden voyage on a Friday, and was never seen or heard from again.

Friday the 13th
A Friday occurring on the 13th day of any month is considered to be a day of bad luck in English, German and Portuguese speaking cultures around the globe.
Similar superstitions exist in some other traditions. In Greece and Spain, for example, Tuesday the 13th takes on the same role.


Before the 19th century, although the number 13 was considered unlucky, and Friday was considered unlucky, there was a link between them.
The first documented mention of a 'Friday the 13th' is generally listed as occurring in the early 1900s. However, many popular stories exist about the origin of the concept:
The last supper may be the origin, with stories that Judas was the thirteenth guest, and that the Crusifixion of Jesus occured on a Friday.

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