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Today, I thought I’d give you some history on Friday the 13th and demonstrate that it’s not always a “spooky,” backwards day.

Here are some facts I learned about the origin of Friday the 13th:

  • A fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia (try saying that three times fast) and over 17 million people suffer from this phobia in the U.S.
  • The earliest known documented reference of Friday the 13th was by a man named Gioachino Rossini. He regarded Friday as the unlucky day and 13 as the unlucky number. Ironically, he died on Friday the 13th.
  • Much of the superstition of Friday the 13th comes from a fear of the number thirteen (Triskaidekaphobia). Twelve is considered the number of completeness (12 ribs in the human body, 12 hours on a clock, 12 months on a calendar) and 13 is considered irregular for following this completeness.
  • The following people have 13 letters in their names: Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Theodore Bundy.
    Here’s the biggie, the one that prompted this e-mail: $800 million is lost in business on this day because people have a fear of doing business.

Being the optimistic bankers we are, I’ve decided to change your perception of this much-maligned day. Here are some “good” things that have happened on Friday the 13th:

  • In 1805, Johann George Lehner, a Viennese butcher, invented a recipe and called it the “frankfurter.” (What would any sporting event be without the hot dog?)
  • Thomas Crapper pioneered the one-piece pedestal flushing toilet in 1863.
  • In 1854, Anthony Foss patented the accordion (this is why I put “good” in quotes above—you many not be a polka fan).
  • The first “Mickey Mouse” comic strip 1st appeared.
  • The Wham-O Company produced the first Frisbee in 1957.
  • In 1969, the Beatles released their “Yellow Submarine” album.
  • The U.S. spacecraft Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet, Mars.
  • Julia Louis Dreyfus, of Seinfeld fame, was born on Friday the 13th. Two Emmy’s, two Screen Actor Guild Awards, and one Golden Globe later…(oh, and Happy Birthday, Elaine!)
  • Friday also happens to be pay day!

Even after our convincing proof of accordions, toilets, and Frisbees that Friday the 13th isn’t ALL bad, you still may be hesitant to fly on an airplane, walk under a ladder, or take action on a stock tip today. I can’t blame you for your superstitions (to be honest, I have some myself). But remember: you shouldn’t fear calling or e-mailing me to find out about smarter commercial property financing. Truth be told, right now is a great time for business owners to purchase commercial real estate. Don’t believe me? Call me at 1-866-622-4504 or e-mail me at and I’ll make you a believer.

Sending a little luck your way,


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  1. Joyce Slone says:

    Thanks so much for the chuckle! Happy Friday the 13th to you!

  2. Jim Merlo says:

    Enjoyed the read.

  3. Hershy Baum says:

    I appreciate the information. I met my wife on July the 13th and proposed to her on Sept. 13th. Check the NFL and several quarter backs where the number 13.

    The number 13 has always been a lucky number for me and when it its on Friday is has always been lucky for me.

  4. Braudis Lee Pegram says:

    Thanks for the info Chris, but I’ve been on the planet for a long time. I knew everything but the Foss and Dreyfus tidbits. And like Hershy, Friday the 13th has always been “good luck” (or as “lucky” as any other day).

  5. Dale Carter says:


  6. Phil Alfonso says:

    Thanks dude. I’m back in this game. I’m going to do it better this time. Where would I start? I have a background in residential and private money lending. No commercial. Who do I target? What if someone wants a quote? Please advise.

  7. Gora says:

    Chris I want to add you on our preferred lender list

  8. Steven H. Podolsky says:

    And my birthday too!!

  9. LeRoy Foxx says:

    Chris, thanks for the history lesson.

  10. Dipti Barot says:

    HI this is good thought and i read it.

  11. Joseph Rock says:

    You missed the most important one of all. There was a corporation called “ Jesus the Christ Inc.” The Chairman of the Board was Jesus himself, and he had twelve directors, the disciples. How is that for Lucky 13.

    Have a good week-end.

  12. Richard Harris says:

    Conspicuously absent from your list is the conventional wisdom that Christ was crucified on Friday the 13th.

  13. Charles Edwards says:

    I hope you have someone looking this up for you.

    As busy as you are I can’t imagine you have time.

  14. Chris Hurn says:

    Richard and Joseph – – I actually didn’t know that or I would have mentioned it. Thank you for the reminder!

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