Published on January 13th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Friday 13th, Lucky for Some?
Today it is Friday 13th. Many of us will be taking extra care today and not just because of the winter weather. In 2017, there will be two Friday the 13ths. The second will be in October.
The number 13 itself is deemed unlucky, particularly in the Western world. Many hotels do not have a room 13. Lift manufacturers do not include a 13th floor button and so many office buildings do not have a 13th floor. Some airlines even do not have a seat or row number 13.
Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13 and friggatriskaidekaphobia (named after the Norse goddess Frigg from whom Friday gets its name) is the fear of the actual day itself.
Throughout history many famous figures have suffered from a fear of this number and day.
Winston Churchill, one of our country’s most memorable Prime Ministers, would refuse to sit in row 13 on an aeroplane or in the theatre. Napoleon, famously defeated at the Battle of Waterloo was very superstitious. He preferred not to travel on a Friday and also disliked the number 13.
Make Your Own Luck
However, Friday the 13th may not be a day to dread after all. In fact, there are some advantages to it, if you’re feeling lucky.
It’s Cheaper to Fly
According to a study by travel website Kayak, flying on Friday 13th saves you money. Just like Napoleon, it would appear many of us do not want to take a chance of being air bound on this day. So, if you are feeling brave you can save over £50 on a domestic UK flight. This makes it the cheapest day of the month to fly.
Roads Are Safer
There are fewer traffic accidents on Friday 13th according to research carried out by the University of Helsinki, Finland. Maybe because people with a real fear of this day stay indoors, who can say? In fact, Finland makes the most of Friday the 13th and each year holds a National Accident Awareness Day on this date.
Meanwhile in the UK, insurer Direct Line has found that almost twice as many accidents actually occur on Thursday 12th in comparison to the Friday.
It’s a Great Day for Homebuyers
If you are looking for a house, today may be a good day to make an offer. There are 43% fewer transactions on Friday the 13th compared with other Fridays in the month so you can get ahead of the competition.
Did You Know?
One of our country’s greatest film makers, the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock was born on Friday the 13th?