13 Real-Life Freaky Things That Are Linked to Friday the 13th

posted: 01/11/17
by: Kelly McClure
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    I was born on Friday the 13th so that day has many positive connotations for me, but that's not the case for most people. Whether you're superstitious or not, it's hard to ignore the fact that unusual things tend to happen on this particular day. Here are 13 scary examples of why it might be best for you to stay inside and play it as safe as possible tonight.

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    The Last Jump

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    According to folklore Friday the 13th didn’t become widely known as a superstitious day until the end of the 1800s, which was unfortunate for a man named Sam Patch. A New York daredevil who was born around 1800, Patch attempted to jump from Genesee Falls on Friday, November 13, 1829. The jump went wrong, although he’d pulled off many similar attempts, and Patch died. His body was found four months later, seven miles downstream.

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    The Deadliest Cyclone in History

    Friday, November 13, 1970 marks the date of a massive cyclone in Bangladesh that claimed the lives of 300,000 people. A report that year from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states that the storm’s surge rose water up to 16 feet high that day.

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    A Tragedy in the Andes

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    On October 13, 1972 a chartered flight carrying the members of a rugby team and their friends, family, and coaches, crashed in the Andes. Many passengers died immediately, and many more followed shortly after due to a combination of injuries, and the harsh elements. Sixteen survivors were rescued after being stuck on the mountain for two full months and admitted that they kept themselves alive by eating the bodies of the deceased. A movie called Alive was released in 1993 which told the story of this crash, and what the survivors experienced during those two months.

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    Costa Concordia

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    On January 13, 2012 the Costa Concordia cruise ship hit a reef near the Tuscan coast and began to capsize. A few passengers were able to escape to safety via lifeboats, and others were airlifted to shore by helicopter, but thirty-two lost their lives to the sea that ill-fated day.

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    The Bombing of Buckingham Palace

    On September 13, 1940 five bombs struck Buckingham Palace while Queen Elizabeth and King George VI were having tea. The Royal Chapel was nearly destroyed, a water main was ruptured, and three people were badly injured, one eventually losing their life to the event.

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    Black Friday


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    On January 13, 1939 a bushfire broke out in Victoria, Australia that goes down in history as being the country’s deadliest fire. A dozen towns were wiped out from the flames, and 71 people lost their lives. The tragedy has since been referred to as “black Friday.”

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    The Murder of Susan "Kitty" Genovese


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    A murder took place on March 13, 1964 in Kew Gardens’ Brooklyn that has changed the way witnesses are held into account for reporting crimes. Susan "Kitty" Genovese was attacked and eventually killed by a man at her apartment building and it was later discovered that 38 people had witnessed the crime, but did nothing to help. Kitty was only 28 at the time of her death.

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    Daz Baxter’s Unavoidably Unlucky Day

    Hard to tell if this is an urban legend or not. As the story goes, a New York man named Daz Baxter was so afraid of something bad happening to him on Friday the 13th that when the day rolled around in August 1976 he stayed home where he figured he’s be the safest. That very day the floor to his apartment collapsed and he plummeted six stories to his death.

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    Lightning Strikes

    On August 13, 2010 a teenage boy living in Suffolk, England was struck by lighting at 1:13 which is, eerily, 13:13 in military time. Thankfully he survived.

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    Future Fears

    Scientists predict that on April 13, 2029 an asteroid called "2004 MN4” will pass by Earth so closely that we’ll be able to see it with the naked eye. The asteroid is thought to be about 320 meters wide with the capability of devastating an area the size of Texas if it should land.

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    The Disappearing Plane

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    On June 13, 1952 a Swedish military plane containing a small crew of eight people disappeared over the Baltic Sea while carrying out a secret mission. To this day what happened to the plane and the people on board remains shrouded in mystery.

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    This Takes the Apple


    According to some historians, the Biblical story of Eve biting into an apple from the Tree of Knowledge took place on Friday the 13th. Although this seems like it would be a bit hard to prove.


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    A Rollercoaster of a Day

    On March 13, 2009 in the UK the debut of Thorpe Park’s latest attraction, a rollercoaster based on the horror movie SAW, came to a screeching halt. Technical problems put an end to the scary fun for that day, and one can’t help but think that it was a blessing in disguise.

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