"This year is a special one for Friday the 13ths: There are three of them: Jan. 13, April 13 and July 13. The freaky thing? The dates fall exactly 13 weeks apart." That's freaky fact No. 1 (which I guess we knew 13 weeks ago) in this list of Thirteen Freaky Facts About Friday the 13, the freakiest of which is that "[s]uperstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest," to join dinner parties of 13. What! Amazing. (Imagined cocktail-hour conversation, if Europeans talked about this kind of thing: "And before that I was a quatorzieme, like my father and his father before us.") [...]
Not only is today Friday the 13th, but it's the first of three Fridays the 13 in 13 weeks (the other two are in April and July), as some mystical and non-mystical people in Delaware have noted. How will you be celebrating? At the very least, break out the internet Tarot. Or perhaps invest in a witch wine cover. Maybe take Monday off.