Happy Friday the 13th! If you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia (that’s fear of Friday the 13th), you might want to consider staying in tonight for some quality time with your TV.
Choices include comedy (Russell Brand, Howie Mandel, Mike Birbiglia), country (Randy Travis, Trace Adkins) and Cursive.
In honor of the day, here are some fun facts from our friends at the Associated Press.
The origin of the link between bad luck and Friday the 13th is murky. The whole thing might date to Biblical times (the 13th guest at the Last Supper betrayed Jesus). By the Middle Ages, both Friday and 13 were considered bearers of bad fortune.
Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor and some airline terminals omit Gate 13.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.
Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. “It was bad luck,” Twain later told the friend. “They only had food for 12.” Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.
Oh those wacky French.
Friday, March 13
Larry the Cable Guy, Kelly Clarkson – “Live with Regis and Kelly”
Russell Brand, Donnell Rawlings – “Chelsea Lately”
Howie Mandel, Rush – “The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos”
Cursive – “Late Show with David Letterman”
Randy Travis – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”
Trace Adkins – “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
The Dream – “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Mike Birbiglia – “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”
Saturday, March 14
Los Lonely Boys, The Gourds – “Austin City Limits” – rerun
Kelly Clarkson – “Saturday Night Live”
Monday, March 16
Drew Carey – “Live with Regis and Kelly”
Taylor Hicks, Nasasha Leggero, Chris Franjola, Brad Wollack – “Chelsea Lately” – rerun
Randy Rogers Band – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”
Public Enemy – “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
Don Rickles, Ben Sollee – “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” – rerun
The Upper Crust – “Late Late Show with Craig Fergsuon”
T.I. – “Last Call with Carson Daly”