Some believe that Friday the 13th has origins in Christianity. According to the Bible, Jesus was crucified on a Friday, and there were 13 men at the Last Supper, Jesus and his 12 disciples. In addition, Judas the disciple who betrayed Jesus was the 13th to sit at the table.
Another legend is that in 1306, King Philip of France arrested a group of the revered Knights Templar on Friday the 13th, and began torturing them, marking the occasion as a day of evil.
Both Friday and the number 13 were once closely associated with capital punishment. Friday was the conventional day for public hangings, and there were supposedly 13 steps leading up to the noose and 13 loops on the noose.
By some estimates, businesses lose millions of dollars on Friday the 13th because people are hesitant to make deals, travel or shop as they would at other times.
I don't believe in the Friday the 13th superstition. I am not superstitious by nature, but there are just a couple that I do strongly believe in.
It’s bad luck to jump out of a plane without a parachute . It’s bad luck to step in front of an oncoming train.
It’s bad luck to jump out of a car speeding down the freeway.
I know it’s probably foolish to think that way, but I just can't help it.