Five Freaky Friday The 13th Facts


The superstitious don’t have to wait very long in 2012 for the unluckiest of days to arrive: The first Friday the 13th is here.

In fact, this is just the first of three—the most possible occurrences in a single year—in 2012, since April and July also will have a Friday fall on the 13th.

But where does the superstition come from?

No one really knows the exact origins of Friday the 13th, but historians speculate that it has to do with the combination of two superstitions—that Friday is an unlucky day, and 13 is an unlucky number.

The combo-superstition is a fairly recent one, at least in the written sense; there are few references to it earlier than the beginning of the 20th century. Friday has been an unlucky day since at least the 14th century, when folks believed it was bad luck to start a journey on a Friday.

The number 13 has been considered unlucky as far back as biblical times, when the 13th guest at the Last Supper betrayed Jesus. It might even date further back, to Norse mythology, which featured 13 gods who all met grisly ends.

Another note from USA Today: This year there are three Friday the 13ths, 13 weeks apart, a rarity. 

Regardless of how it began, the fear of Friday the 13th gets people panicked. Here’s a few facts about just how much of a grip the superstition has on the world:

1. More than 60 million people worldwide are affected by a fear of Friday the 13th, many of them so much so that they will not drive a car, leave the house, or even get out of bed. In fact, there is purportedly a significant increase in traffic accidents on that particular day.

2. The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia. The fear of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia, and both Napoleon Bonaparte and President Herbert Hoover were infamously stricken with it.

3. Four of the 12 movies in the Friday the 13th franchise have been released on Friday the 13th, including the original (1980), the sequel (1981) and the 2009 remake. 

4. Legendary rapper Tupac Shakur died on Friday the 13th in 1996, while Fidel Castro, Steve Buscemi and Margaret Thatcher were all born on a Friday the 13th (1926, 1957 and 1923, respectively).

5. Many hospitals don’t have a room 13, in the same way that many airports don’t have a gate 13. Some establishments will instead call it 12a, or just skip right ahead to 14, as is the custom for tall buildings. Really—visit the city and try to find a high-rise elevator with a 13 button!

Happy Friday the 13th! And to all the friggatriskaidekaphobics of the world… well, maybe you should have just stayed in bed.


Congratulations to the Bronco organization and all the Bronco fans.

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Great times at the Goose…Great Hapyy Hour


The Goose is a fun bar that sits across the street from the University of Colorado at Boulder on Pleasant and Broadway. The Goose’s has a great happy hour and lively outdoor atmosphere successfully embraces everything that an outdoor patio in Colorado should. The Goose has an amazing patio that is complimented with a mural of Boulder and CU campus. With numerous hidden puzzles within the 50 ft. wall that only CU students would understand.  Happy Hour! 2 for 1 well drinks*$5 Budweiser pitchers*$15 Corona or Pacifico buckets*$1 off premium drafts*$12 Bud or Coors buckets*3 pm to 6 pm

CU-Boulder’s Sustainable Practices Program growing

Nearly 300 people have enrolled in the University of Colorado’s “Sustainable Practices Program,” which started in 2007 and helps workers and job seekers meet the growing need for green credentials.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment this fall selected the CU program as an official provider of green jobs training for Coloradans.

The program’s interdisciplinary courses, taught by industry experts, range from “Understanding the U.S. Energy Landscape” to “Creative Financing of Sustainability Initiatives.”

Participants don’t need to be registered at CU.

Classes, which are not for university credit, can be taken individually or as part of a professional certificate track. Most courses are one day and are held on the campus on various dates throughout the school year.

For more information on the Sustainable Practices Program, visit

Monday Night Fitness – Free!

Fleet Feet Social Run/Walk
Today, Monday, Oct 10 6:00p
at Fleet Feet Boulder, Boulder, CO
At 6pm  tonight for our weekly 3-5 mile “fun run.” All abilities, including beginners, are welcome. Choose your own pace. Meet new people and get in shape at the same time!
Boulder’s own Pearl Izumi will be providing fall/winter shoe styles for runners to test out on their run. read more

Price: FREE!
Phone: (303) 939-8000

Rainy Day Activity

Stars & Lasers

Today, Saturday, Oct 8 2:00p

Explore your universe at Fiske Planetarium! Each year, more than 30,000 visitors discover the intriguing world of astronomy and space science under the largest planetarium dome between Chicago and Los Angeles. Go and see for yourself!

Stars & Lasers

American Craft Week

Date: Friday October 7, 2011 – Sunday October 16, 2011
Time: 10-6 daily & 11-5 sunday
Location: Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery

Part of the National Campaign to bring awareness and sales to handmade arts & crafts created in the USA & especially to local communities. See for more info. Meet the artists that can enhance your visual world!