An important part of my notebook is the running list of things I’d like to read. And, I wanted to share sources I scribbled down this morning over coffee. For obvious reasons, I had the number 13 on my mind. Let me know if you have any interesting links to add, because I always want to read more. I will be updating it throughout the day, so come on back. Happy Friday the 13th!
A general introduction. How Stuff Works also has an excellent general overview.
Because members of the Knights Templar were allegedly arrested on Friday the 13th (October), many people believe that’s why we should fear the date. But like most stories, it’s a bit more complicated…
Today is also Lemuria, which was a celebration in Ancient Rome where Romans performed rites to exorcise malevolent spirits.
I like pop culture lists, what can I say? The Midnight Society also has a great list.
This article talks about the superstition of the 13th floor and its effect on infrastructure design. If you want to read a general overview of the 13th floor superstition, Wikipedia has you covered.
In the 1880s, a group was created to debunk the superstition that “13 at a table” was unlucky. The belief is that if 13 people are seated at a table, one would die within a year. So, this club met on the 13th of the month for a dinner party of 13.
It has nothing to do with Friday the 13th, but it (1) was published today, (2) is creepy and fun, and (3) is a great blog.
Some folklore that may surprise you!