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!
“Friday the 13th: History of a Phobia,” The History Channel
A general introduction. How Stuff Works also has an excellent general overview.
“Bust the Myth of Friday the 13th and the Knights Templar,” National Geographic
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.
“Friday the 13th: 9 Things You Didn’t Know About The Movie,” The Telegraph
I like pop culture lists, what can I say? The Midnight Society also has a great list.
“Skipping the 13th Floor,” The Atlantic
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.
“The Thirteen Club: Celebrating Friday the 13th,” My Daffodil Digresses
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.
“My Creepy Search History: Corpse Lights,” Kira Butler
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.
“13 Reasons People Think the Number 13 is Unlucky,” mental_floss
Some folklore that may surprise you!