Yes. Today is the fourteenth, I well realize that. However, hindsight is 20/20 and here are seven things about the lucky or unlucky date.
1. A Friday the 13th occurs at least once each year.
2. Fear of the number 13 is known as triskaidekaphobia, while fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskavedekatriaphobia.
3. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a victim of triskaidekaphobia: According to The Huffington Post, he refused to travel on the 13th day of any month and would not host a dinner party with 13 guests.
4. According to Time Magazine, the stock market mini-crash of Friday, Oct. 13, 1989 was the second largest drop of the Dow history.
5. In the 1950s, the Columbiana, a group of Italian Columbus experts, concluded upon careful study of his ships’ logs and notes, that Columbus actually landed on the Western Hemisphere on October 13, 1492. The date was deliberately changed to October 12, to avoid the shadow of such an evil omen.
6. Thirteen is said to be the most essentially female number — the average number of menstrual cycles in a year. It is also the approximate number of annual cycles of the moon. Thirteen is the number of blood, fertility, and lunar potency. 13 is the lucky number of the Great Goddess.
7. And speaking of the Great Goddess, I was married on Friday the 13th and this marks my 13th year of marriage. Now if that isn’t lucky, I don’t know what is!