3 Friday the 13thThe fear of Friday the 13th is called FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA“FRIGG” = Norse goddess for whom Friday is named“TRISKADEKAI” = Latin for 13“PHOBIA” = fear
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5 ORIGINS OF THE SUPERSTITION Friday the 13thORIGINS OF THE SUPERSTITIONAccording to the Christian Bible:Events that occurred on a FridayThe great floodEve tempting Adam with the appleJesus Christ died on a FridayBad luck associated with the number 13Judas, who betrayed Christ, was considered “the 13th guest” at the Last Supper
6 ORIGINS OF THE SUPERSTITION Friday the 13thORIGINS OF THE SUPERSTITIONAccording to Norse mythology:Bad luck associated with the number 1312 gods were at a banquet and Loke, the uninvited demigod of mischief, showed up, bringing the total number to 13Loke was responsible for the chaos that led to the death of Balder, one of the good gods
7 Friday the 13thTRIVIAMany buildings and skyscrapers do not have a 13th floorShip captains sometimes would not go to sea with a crew of 12 men because when the captain was included that meant there were 13 people on the shipThe ancient Babylonian Code of Hammarabi, written in 1700 B. C., omitted the number 13 in its list of laws.
8 Friday the 13thTRIVIAIn many Spanish-speaking countries, Tuesday the 13th is considered unluckyIn Portuguese-speaking Brazil, Friday the 13th in August is considered especially unlucky because “agosto” (August) rhymes with “desgosto” (sorrow).
9 Friday the 13thTRIVIAThe motion picture “Friday the 13th” has made the hockey goalie’s mask worn by the character Jason a symbol for the dayThe name of the movie was changed to “Tuesday the 13th” in Spanish-speaking countries
10 Friday the 13thWhat books does our library have that include stories of good luck, bad luck, and the number 13?