Friday the 13th to Occur 3 Times, 13 Weeks Apart
First time since 1984
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 13, 2012 8:03 AM CST
Friday the 13th is happening three times in 13 weeks this year.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It's not just the Mayan calendar that's raising 2012 worries—our own calendar is stoking fear, too. This year, there are three Friday the 13ths, compared to the usual two. That last happened in 2009. What's even stranger is that exactly 13 weeks pass between the first and second occurrence, and between the second and third: The first is today, followed by April 13 and July 13, the News Journal reports. That hasn't happened since 1984, which was, like 2012, a leap year.

The next time this will happen is 2040, says an expert known as Dr. 13. So what is it about the date that people find so scary? Texts throughout history have associated a threat with the date: Jesus, for example, dined with 12 apostles (that's 13 people total) before he died on a Friday. Norse legends say not to eat in groups of 13. The Knights Templar were jailed on a Friday the 13th. But the owner of a pagan bookstore calls the fears a "self-fulfilling prophecy." There is "strong power in people convincing themselves something unlucky will happen," he says.

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Jan 15, 2012 12:34 AM CST
i have always liked the number thirteen and i like friday so......... and as i write this i noticed right above this box is an area that says add new comment n 13 comments harrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Jan 13, 2012 7:14 PM CST
Numerologists must be having a ball with this.
Jan 13, 2012 6:43 PM CST
good thing I'm not a Templar knight come to think of it - how many leap years have we had, exactly? did the mayans have leap years? have we had a years worth of leap years yet - could that be why there calendar ends- just so they could start fresh?