13 Random Facts about Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

1. More than 60 million people worldwide claim to be affected by a fear of Friday 13th. Some of them won’t go to work, drive cars or get out of bed on this day.

2. The fear of Friday the 13th is called Friggatriskaidekaphobia.

3. According to the British Medical Journal there is a significant increase in traffic-related accidents when the date is Friday 13th.

Friday the 13th did not even have a completed script when Sean S. Cunningham took out this advertisement in International Variety magazine.

4. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal.

5. Sean Cunningham (Director) started advertising the movie Friday the 13th before the script was even finished.

6. Black Sabbath’s eponymous debut album was released in the UK on Friday, February 13, 1970.

7. The independent horror flick Friday the 13th was released in May 1980 and despite only having a budget of $550,000 it grossed $39.7 million at the box office in the United States.

6. Harry Manfredini (Film Composer) came up with the sound “ki ki ki, ma ma ma”, based on the line “Kill her mommy!” The creepiness of it was done by speaking the line and running it through a an echo reverberation machine.

7. The remake of the original Friday the 13th film was released on Friday, February 13, 2009.

8. Notable people born on Friday the 13th include Fidel Castro, notorious American train and bank robber Butch Cassidy, and Steve Buscemi (13 December 1957).

Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur

9. Tupac Shakur Died on Friday, September 13, 1996.

10. The Uruguayan rugby team’s plane crashed in the Andes mountain range on Friday, 13 October, 1972.

11. Many hospitals have no room 13, while airports don’t have a Gate 13.

12. Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were said to be sufferers.

13. The Athens Olympic Games opened on Friday 13th of August, 2004.

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About Jason Bakker

Jason Bakker is a native Minnesotan and has been working in the area of youth marketing for nearly a decade. He currently works with Minneapolis based Campus Media Group as the Director of Marketing and is responsible for following trends in the ever-changing landscape of youth culture and media usage, and for consulting advertising agency and national brand professionals on how to develop integrated marketing programs that reach college youth.

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