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Friday the 13th

Happy Friday the 13th! Anyone know why it's supposed to be unlucky?

Eh... probably not, because it's one of those things that can be difficult to impossible to track down with any certainty. A common version, however, is that back in the early 14th century, a mean French kind issued an edict to round up Jaques de Molay and the Knights Templar to have them tortured and killed.

I've always been fascinated by Templar lore until Dan Brown very nearly ruined the whole thing for me with his crappy book. These warrior monks left a larger imprint on our modern life than most people realize. They arguably invented certain concepts of modern banking, for example. And who knew that the DeMolays (think Kiddie Freemasons) were named after the Templar leader who was burned at the stake? Who cares?

Anyway, Happy Friday 13th.


To answer your question, the version I have always heard comes from Christianity. Jesus was crucified on a Friday, and Judas was the 13th person to arrive at the last supper, and he betrayed Jesus. Thus, 13 is unlucky, and so is Friday, and therefore Friday the 13th is terribly bad.

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