Don’t step on any sidewalk cracks, walk under any mirrors, or encounter any black cats, because it’s Friday the 13th, the unluckiest day of the year. Here are 13 things to know about why the day is considered so ominous.
1. Some superstitions about Friday the 13th are rooted in the guest list of the Last Supper. Judas was the 13th guest at the table, and Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Coincidence?
2. On Friday the 13th in 1307, thousands of Knights Templar were arrested on orders from King Philip IV of France because of suspicions that their secret initiation rituals made them “enemies of the faith.” After years of torture, they were burned at the stake. Dan Brown’s novel The DaVinci Code popularized the link between the Knights Templar and Friday the 13th.
3. Friday was considered an unlucky day as early as the 14th century. Geoffrey Chaucer…
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