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Friday the 13th, is considered by many to be one of the unluckiest days of the year.
Plane passengers dubbed 'the bravest in the world' boarded flight 666 to Helinski on Friday the 13th.
The Finnair flight from Copenhagen, Denmark to Helsinki, Finland has spooked passengers suspicious of the devil's number for 11 years, but the airline is changing some of its flight numbers meaning this is the last time flight FY666 will depart on the 'unlucky' day.
Friday the 13th, is considered by many to be one of the unluckiest days of the year. This is the second time the fearsome event has struck in 2017, with the first occurring in January.
We share 5 facts about Friday the 13th that you probably did not know of.
It happens every year: Yes, Friday the 13 comes every year – multiple times even. A standard year can have three such days if the year begins on a Thursday. The next time that will happen is 2026, when Friday the 13th will occur in February, March and November.
The day is not unlucky for everyone: Not everyone born on Friday the 13th turns out to be Jason Voorhees. Some of them are actually pretty famous personalities. These include Alfred Hitchcock, Fidel Castro and twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
The day has a phobia named after it: Paraskevidekatriaphobia comes from the Greek words for Friday (“paraskevi”), 13 (“dekatria”) and fear (“phobia”). The therapist who coined the term in the 1990s used to tell people that when you can pronounce paraskevidekatriaphobia, you’re cured.
Other days are unlucky too: Not only Friday the 13th, other days are considered unlucky as well. Superstitious people in Greece and in some Spanish-speaking countries regard Tuesday the 13th as a day of bad luck. Italians consider Friday the 17th unlucky, for the anagram XVII, the Roman numeral for 17, is VIXI — or “I lived” in Latin — which suggests imminent death.
It actually is unlucky for some: The Knights Templar were arrested and tortured on Oct. 13, 1307; a plane crashed in the Andes on Oct. 13, 1972, and the survivors infamously resorted to cannibalism; and it is believed that on April 13, 2029, a 1,200-foot-wide asteroid will come within 18,000 miles of Earth.