Tempting fate on Friday the 13th
July 12th, 2012
03:55 PM ET

Tempting fate on Friday the 13th

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) - It’s Friday the 13th. There are both Christian and pagan roots for the phobia many have of the day. Briefly, Christians believe Jesus was crucified on a Friday after 13 people attended the Last Supper.

The stories of Adam and Eve and the Great Flood also have ties to either the number 13 or Friday.

One Norse legend tells of the god Loki who crashed a party of 12 gods, making him the 13th guest, and he tricked the blind god of darkness into killing the god of joy and gladness bringing bad luck to the Earth.

Also, many of the Knights Templar were arrested, tortured and eventually executed on Friday the 13th.

Whatever you believe, or don’t believe, many people worry for their luck on Friday the 13th. For some it’s a true test of superstitions. For others it’s a source of entertainment. For CNN’s Jim Roope, it’s both. Jim ventures out on the streets of Los Angeles to tempt fate on Friday the 13th.

Office manager in a downtown Los Angeles high rise building: “How’d you get in here? Great security we have. We don’t want to have to call and have you arrested” [1:24]

Executive assistant Tracy: “Actually anybody that looks like [Roope] needs some good luck. So, I hope you get it.” [3:30]

Is Friday the 13th just another day, or something you worry about? Let us know your experience with the 13th in the comments below:

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  1. free mcclain

    it is a FACT that the Knights Templar were arrested and killed by the Pope on friday 13th.

    July 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Yeah

    Took a test and got the score back today...it was a 78. That's 22 points lower than normal. Friday the 13th got me! hahahaha

    July 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
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    • Joe

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      July 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
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  7. julzrael

    I met my ex-husband on a Friday the Thirteenth of October, during a full moon. We were married on Friday, June Thirteenth. Notice I did say EX husband. So I will say it has been intense. Good luck, bad luck – pick one. But intense would definitely be the truth. 🙂

    July 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mel

    My heart stopped on Friday the 13th during an emergency angiogram. Fortunately, the skilled cardiologist called all the shots and got it going again. We also had to cancel a trip that we had planned for my wife's birthday (Valentines Day). A double whammy. So, am I superstitious? Not at all.

    July 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kat Van

    It's my birthday! Friday the 13th is never bad for me!

    July 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. techiegrrl

    Was supposed to close on my new house today...it was postponed. UGH!

    July 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. magneticink

    Let me check the chicken guts on the wall.

    July 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sunshine

    I hope today is a great day and people that have been bullying me at work will forgive me.

    July 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LUCKY13

    My wonderful son was born 23 years ago today...and I have a huge 13 inside a starburst tattooed on my back in honor of this magnificient creature that God blessed me with. Bad luck today? Naw! It's a beautiful day 🙂

    July 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bad luck

    Bad for me...got bad news from the doctor this morning....never liked Friday the 13th, but I really hate this one.

    July 13, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Gene

    Wed my beautiful wife on Friday the 13th. The luckiest day of my life.

    July 13, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  16. DLC

    my husband & i got married on Friday the 13th! ~~~~~~~ HAPPY 13TH MY SWEET DOX! I ❤ U ~~~~~~

    July 13, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  17. Spidey-Man

    Power went off at my office building. Did Jason get overzealous and cut the line?

    July 13, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • oussu

      get out of the building now! run!

      July 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  18. S. Darrol Wilson

    My wife and I were married on Friday the 13th a mere 377 months ago! Happy Anniversary, Baby! A & F

    July 13, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  19. Lucky 13

    I was born on Friday the 13th and today is my Birthday, always a lucky day for me!

    July 13, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Roope

      Happy Birthday, Lucky.

      July 13, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Is your name Jason?

      July 13, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  20. Hulk

    Loki? Puny god.

    July 13, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • It's just another day

      Aren't they all?

      July 13, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  21. ChrisB

    Up until 2012.... Friday the 13ths always brought something bad... ER visits, car accidents, pipes bursting... just to name a few.... This is the first year that I haven't had anything terrible happen on a Friday the 13th! (Now that I've said that... I'd better watch myself...) I do have a very important person in my life having major surgery this evening to remove a lot of cancer.... so let's hope it's a positive outcome and not bad news in the end.

    July 13, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  22. doublellnfl

    Friday the 13th, just another day in the week, month, year of our lives nothing spectacular ever happen, as for Terrance, you might be taken a bit more serious if you at least use spell check, that's the red line under the misspelled word, you do have spell check don't you Terrance, guess your Friday the 13th isn't going so well..

    July 13, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  23. Unemployed

    I've been out of work since the beginning of December but I have an interview this morning. Let's hope it's a lucky day.

    July 13, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • lindaluttrell

      I usually have good luck on Friday 13th. Here's hoping you do too!

      July 13, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      Good Luck!!!

      July 13, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Marina

      GOOD LUCK !!

      July 13, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyler Moody

      @Unemployed – good luck with the interview today. Come back and let us know how it went!

      July 13, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • techiegrrl

      I wish you luck in getting the job. It is terrible to be without work. Blessings!

      July 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Boo

    Superstitious nonsense....it's the 21st century.....who still believes in this stuff?

    July 13, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Too many people unfortunately.. "All religion should be wiped out, so that people may just live" -Ziggy Marley

      July 13, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • D B

      Heh, ask the 75 percent of dumbos who believe in higher powers, angels, and prayer. Amazing how superstition holds on even after humanity has achieved so, so much.

      July 13, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • free mcclain

      the Knights Templar who were rounded up tortured and assinated by the pope believe-

      July 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  25. MJD313

    I was born on Friday the 13th - I consider it lucky!

    July 13, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  26. mike k.

    I got a huge tax bill from 2010 this morning. Later on, I'm getting on my motorcycle, riding fast and taking risks. If I can figure out how to text at the same time, I might try that too.

    July 13, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • It's just another day

      Will it be lucky to win a Darwin award today?

      July 13, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  27. Jim Roope

    Hello Everyone,
    Thanks for jumping in on the comments but I hope you take a moment to listen to the piece, it's not about religion. What's been your experience on Friday the 13th?

    July 13, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  28. 13


    July 13, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Roope


      July 13, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  29. John

    @Terrance – the article states "Briefly, Christians believe Jesus was crucified on a Friday after 13 people attended the Last Supper." the keyword here is BELIEVE....doesn't mean that he "was" as you put it.

    July 13, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack Be Humble

      And not all Christians believe this way. Logically, the last supper, the suffering, the crucification, and the death of Christ were not unlucky things, but were critical components to the fulfillment of their belief system.

      July 13, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
      • It's just another day

        Exactly. If Jesus and God knew it was to happen then the circumstances should be irrelevant

        July 13, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  30. Terrance Dozier

    I would like this article removed. It is false Jesus Christ was not crucified on Friday. It was a Wedsday.

    July 13, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeah

      Because you were there?

      July 13, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Les

      Who cares? all the dates were changed anyway to suit the current religious rulers. We don't know exactly when anything in that era actually happened. I believe that the fall of the Knights Templar is the primary source of the Friday the 13th paranoia. T At least that date is documented using a calendar we can understand.

      July 13, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Ellie

      How was Jesus crucified on a Wednesday if the last supper was on a Thursday and He was crucified the day after. which as long as I know my days of the week would have been a Friday?

      July 13, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      I would like your comment removed for not spelling Wednesday correctly.

      July 13, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Not A Sheeple

      Jesus didn't even exist, so it's irrelevant what day your fairy tale hero supposedly was crucified.

      July 13, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Spellcheck

      "Wedsday"? What day of the week is that?

      July 13, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • It's just another day

      So that's why we celebrate Good Wednesday and Easter goes from Wednesday to Saturday?

      July 13, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • ouy

      Hey rocket scientist, Wedsday you are a bright one..

      July 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • techiegrrl

      What a joker.

      July 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • techiegrrl

      Now you are all making this about religion. Good job in changing the whole discussion. Jesus!

      July 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |