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Triskaidekaphobia sufferers beware: A quiz of 13 questions for Friday the 13th

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By Alan G. Luke
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Some people are superstitious about the number 13. Unless you are suffering from triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13), good luck on these 13 — a baker's dozen — trivia quiz questions.

1. “Friday The 13th: The Complete Collection” is being released on Blu-ray on Sept. 13. Of the previous dozen films about the maniacal hockey-masked murderer Jason Voorhees, how many actually opened on a Friday the 13th?

a) 0

b) 5

c) 8

d) 12

3. The late, great director Alfred Hitchcock was born on a Friday the 13th in 1899. Who portrayed the corpulent character in the 2012 “Hitchcock” biopic?

a) John Malkovich

b) John Goodman

c) Anthony Edwards

d) Anthony Hopkins

2. The “13th Letter” involved a doctor receiving a poison-pen letter in a Quebec hospital. Who directed this 1951 film noir starring Charles Boyer?

a) Norman Jewison

b) John Huston

c) Otto Preminger

d) Billy Wilder

4. Frank Morris (played by Clint Eastwood) occupied cell No. 113 in the 1979 film “Escape From Alcatraz,” based on the real-life 1962 escape. On Friday, Jan. 13th, 1939, how many convicts attempted an escape from this federal penitentiary?

a) 2

b) 3

c) 4

d) 5

5. On Friday, July 13, 1923, the original “Hollywoodland” sign was unveiled. In what year was the word “land” removed?

a) 1929

b) 1939

c) 1949

d) 1959

6. What TV family resided at the address 1313 Mockingbird Lane in a popular sitcom?

a) The Munsters

b) The Flintstones

c) The Addams Family

d) The Simpsons

7. Of the seven features based on 13, which one of the following is not included on the official design of the Great Seal of the United States of America?

a) 13 stars

b) 13 eagles

c) 13 letter motto

d) 13 rows of stones

8. According to U.S. government documents, who made the following statement on Friday, Nov. 13, 1789, now a popular adage, that “in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes”?

a) Andrew Jackson

b) Abraham Lincoln

c) Benjamin Franklin

d) Benedict Arnold

9. Match the stellar athlete who wore jersey number 13 to his team sport:

a) Steve Nash

b) Alex Rodriquez

c) Dan Marino

d) Matts Sundin

A) hockey (NHL)

B) football (NFL)

C) baseball (MLB)

D) basketball (NBA)

10. Liftoff of Apollo 13 was on April 11 at 13:13 (CST). What “problem” occurred on April 13 imperiling the three-man crew on this lunar mission?

a) Malfunctioning navigational system

b) oxygen tank explosion

c) slow leak in module's cabin

d) leak in zero-gravity toilet

11. What state includes the northern terminus of U.S. Route 13?

a) Pennsylvania

b) Colorado

c) Vermont

d) Maryland

12. On Friday, Oct. 13th, Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay and several warrior monks were arrested by the order of King Philip IV of France. The Knights Templar was coerced into providing false confessions and many were tortured to death. In what year did this occur?

a) 1120

b) 1266

c) 1307

d) 1492

13. What is the fear of Friday the 13th known as?

a) venerisdekaphobia

b) venideccaphobia

c) friggatriskdekaphobia

d) frigginfridayaphobia


1. b) 5 (1982; 1984; 1988; 1983; 2006)

2. d) Anthony Hopkins

3. c) Otto Preminger

4. d) 5

5. c) 1949

6. a) The Munsters

7. b) 13 eagles

8. c) Benjamin Franklin

9. a-D; b-C; c-B; d-A

10. b) oxygen tank explosion

11. a) Pennsylvania

12. c) 1307

13. c) friggatriskdekaphobia (Norse mythology, after Frigg, a Norse goddess)

OR parratrevidekatriaphobia (a Greek derivation)

Alan G. Luke is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.



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