(CNN) – Yet another Friday the 13th has arrived, bringing the usual superstitious chatter along with vows to avoid flying and other fear-inducing activities. Why are we so weird about the 13th?
The answer is unclear but our aversion may have been religious origins. Some Christians believe Friday is unlucky because it's the day Jesus was crucified, and 13 is signing the number of guests at the Last Supper, with the infamous Judas being the 13th person seated at the table. Followers of numerology have long been tested for the unsettling power of the numeral.
Whether you think it's unlucky or not, check it out 13 fun facts about Friday the 13th and our collective aversion to the number 13.
1. From the cradle to the grave
Celebrities born on Friday the 13th include Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Steve Buscemi, Max Weinberg and Peter Tork. Tupac Shakur died on Friday, September 13, 1996.
My first album went gold in 13 weeks My first # went on the 13th I was 13 on Friday the 13th My first album went gold in 13 weeks 13-second intro, "she told MTV in 2009.
2. Mildly superstitious
Mark Twain was allegedly invited to the 13th guest at a dinner party. As the story goes, he went to the dinner in a superstitious friend's warning. Twain reportedly said, "It was bad luck.
3. Very superstitious
In his No. 1 hit song "Superstition," Stevie Wonderings: "Thirteen-month-old baby, broke the lookin 'glass." Seven years of bad luck, good things in your past. When you believe in things that you do not understand, then you suffer. "Superstition is not the way."
4. Frighteningly entertaining
The 13th movie in the "Friday the 13th" franchise was released by Paramount Pictures in 2017. A Friday the 13th video game so came out in 2017.
5. Heavy, dude
The band Black Sabbath releases its debut album on Friday, February 13, 1970.
6. Bad things can happen
The movie "Alive" is based on the true story of a plane crash in South America on Friday, October 13, 1972. Fourteen survivors were found in the mountains more than two months after the plane went down.
7. Even outer space is not safe
On Friday, April 13, 2029, a large asteroid wants to fly close enough to the Earth to be visible in Africa, Europe and Asia, according to NASA.
8. No, seriously
A mysterious piece of "space junk" fell to earth on Friday, November 13, 2015. Astronomers captured the Earth's atmosphere and burning up.
9. What could go wrong?
The Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel offers special zombie, vampire and "Rocky Horror" -themed ceremonies on Friday the 13th.
10. Hell on wheels
In Ontario, Canada, motorcyclists gather every Friday the 13th for rallies that draw thousands of participants. The tradition dates back to 1981.
11. Spellbound by fear
The word for fear of Friday the 13th is "paraskavedekatriaphobia." The word for fear of the number 13 is "triskaidekaphobia." Located near Philadelphia is the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center, an organization that hosts parties on the floor. Phobias like walking under a ladder.
12. Tuesday is so terrifying
In some Spanish-speaking countries, Tuesday (Martes) the 13th is considered bad luck. Tuesday is feared because it was the day of the week associated with the Roman god of war, Mars. There is a cautionary saying: "On Tuesdays, do not get married, do not take a trip and do not leave your home."
13. Throwing caution to the wind
Founded in 1882 by Capt. William Fowler, The Thirteen Club of New York What a group of skeptics who defended superstitions by hosting dinner parties on Friday the 13th. At the first dinner, the 13 members performed as unlucky feats as passing under a ladder. They dined on 13 courses, the first by the light of 13 candles. The devil-may-care group on the table but was forbidden from tossing any of the spilled granules over their shoulders. Grover Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt, according to the New York Historical Society.
CORRECTION: This article has been updated to a junk fell to earth.
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