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Posted: October 12, 2017

Friday the 13th falls in October: How rare is it?

13 Things You Didn't Know About Friday the 13th

By Sarah Elsesser, Palm Beach Post

October is upon us and so is “Friday the 13th” -- a day known to be filled with scary movies and superstition

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But, how often do we get a Friday the 13th that falls during the month also known for Halloween? In the past 20 years, it has only occurred three times: 1995, 2000 and 2006. 

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While some are afraid of this “cursed day,” others are planning to live it up with $13 tattoos that some tattoo parlors are offering as Friday the 13th specials and, of course, by watching scary movies. Did somebody say Jason?

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The 13th seems like fun for some, but where does the day get its bad reputation? It goes way back in history. Here are some theories: 

  • Some believe that Adam and Eve ate “forbidden fruit” on a Friday, and that Jesus was crucified on a Friday. There were also 13 apostles at the Last Supper. 
  • The 1907 book titled Friday, the Thirteenth, tells the story of how a stock broker choose that day to take down Wall Street. 
  • The Da Vinci Code says an order of knights was arrested, tortured and killed on Friday, October 13, 1307. 
  • There is also just a long list of a bad things that happened on the date. 

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For those who are hyped and maybe a little apprehensive about tomorrow, no need to worry. Just get through the day because the next  time Friday the 13th falls on a Friday won’t be until 2023. 

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