Friday the 13th: My bad luck day

Friday the 13th: My bad luck day + the truth behind the myth

Getting bad luck on Friday the 13th is just a myth. I’ve read that because of the date’s bad reputation, our brains will attach significance and retain memories of bad events that happened on that day forget any other same dates that passed by without incident.

I hadn’t ever put much stock into the idea of a bad luck day until I woke up this morning with my own stroke of bad luck – on Friday the 13th!

My bad luck on Friday the 13th

A dentist first noticed my wisdom teeth underneath my gums during a routine checkup years ago. I was cautioned to have them removed before they ruptured as they were positioned to grow against my other teeth. At the time there was nothing I could do about it as I was heavily pregnant and could not undergo anesthetic. I promised to go back for the procedure post-birth and promptly forgot about it, as I do with every dental experience.

Eight years later on Friday the 13th, I woke up with a splitting headache and a swollen throat caused by none other than one of the wisdom teeth that had stealthily been pushing through my gums all these years eventually resulting in a bad infection. The pain is so bad that I can’t even open my mouth, talk (I should look into whether this condition can be caused by spouses) or touch my face. Not even “magic healing kisses” can touch the one side of my face!

Alex had heard all about wisdom teeth from her aunt who has just had hers removed and she recommended we do a home extraction. Unfortunately that was not possible because while her dad owns a hammer, we were out of needles. Apparently the only tools you need for an extraction are a hammer and a needle. She recommended I find a dentist with a good supply of needles.

Fortunately, my sister who had just been through the same experience referred me to her dentist. After dropping the family name (just like the mafia) I was able to get an immediate appointment with the loveliest Dr. de Bruin at 145 Vasco Boulevard. Not only did she see me immediately but she was very sympathetic and very efficient. Her healthy dose of humor and prescription medication had me feeling better by the time I left.

My infection will be treated with antibiotics and strong painkillers (the good stuff) and once it clears I have a dental surgery scheduled to remove these bad guys!

Apparently wisdom teeth does not make you wiser. There is an interesting theory that because dental hygiene was not always practiced or available in previous times people often wore down and lost their molars. Wisdom teeth were our bodies producing backups. I’m always so amazed at our biology!

In between  soothing cups of chamomile tea and medication, I made some interesting discoveries about this notoriously bad luck date.

13 Interesting things about Friday the 13th

1. The fear of Friday 13th is real

The fear of Friday 13th is a real condition and is called paraskavedekatriaphobia (also known as friggatriskaidekaphobia).

2. There is no real evidence why it is feared

It’s not clear when or why Friday the 13th became associated with bad luck. It is believed that it may be biblical, Jesus was crucified on a Friday and there were 13 guests at the Last Supper.

3. Blame Sunday

For a month to have a Friday the 13th, it needs to start on a Sunday.

4. Bad luck day in history

According to the book “Tales of the Knights Templar” (Warner Books, 1995), October 13, 1307 was the tragic day in history when officers of King Philip IV of France raided raided the homes of thousands of these Crusades warriors, imprisoning them on charges of illegal activities. Though the charges weren’t proven, more than a hundred died of terrible torture.

5. 13 is a lucky number

The pagans see the number 13 as a lucky number.

6. The number of Friday the 13th’s in a  year

Every year will have at least one Friday the 13th’s but there will never be more than three of these in a year.

7. How a country uses Friday the 13th for good

Since 1995, Finland has dedicated one Friday the 13th in a year to observe National Accident Day. The day aims to raise awareness about safety – on the roads, at home, and at the workplace.

8. Historical figures who were triskaidekaphobic

President Franklin D. Roosevelt is said to have avoided travel on the 13th day of any month, and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.

9. Superstitious about Friday the 13th

Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. “It was bad luck,” Twain later told the friend. “They only had food for 12.” Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.

10. An asteroid will safely fly by the earth on Friday the 13th!

On a Friday the 13th! Friday, April the 13th, 2029 to be exact. When 99942 Apophis was discovered in 2004, it was thought to have a small chance of colliding with Earth. But you can rest easy because since then, scientists have revised their findings which show that there is absolutely no risk of the asteroid impacting the Earth or the Moon.

Facts mostly taken from and

How did you get through the day? Have you had random bad luck or was it the same as any other day on the calendar? Leave a comment below.


Anthea O'Neill is a wife and proud mom of three. She is front-end web developer, blogger and a self-proclaimed glitter & yarn addict. Anthea's Project Life is a blog for the modern mom.

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  1. Belinda Whitaker says:

    I don’t think of myself as superstitious by nature, but I’ll admit that when my boss asked me to make a 250 mile round-trip on company business this last Friday (13th), I had a brief moment of hesitation. Interestingly enough, though I don’t usually dread Friday the 13th, I do feel dread for October 3rd. A lot of truly bad things have happened to me on that date.

    1. That’s quite interesting Belinda!

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