How Mister Rogers Used King Friday to Make Friday the 13th Less Scary for Kids. Friday the 13th was considered to be the King’s birthday. Whenever the 13th fell on a Friday, during the years that the show was in production, the show staff would celebrate with a birthday cake.

How Mister Rogers Used King Friday to Make Friday the 13th Less Scary for Kids

King Friday XIII, son of King Charming Thursday XII and Queen Cinderella Monday, is an avid arts lover, a talented whistler, and a former pole vaulter. He reigns over Calendarland with lots of pomp and poise, and he’s usually correct.

Fans of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood may also remember that the monarch was born on Friday the 13th, because his birthday was celebrated on the program every Friday the 13th. Though the math isn’t perfect—according to Timeanddate.com, Friday the 13th sometimes happens two or three times a year—the heartwarming reason behind the unconventionally-timed birthday celebrations absolutely is.

Fred Rogers explained that he wanted to give children a reason to look forward to Friday the 13th, instead of buying i… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

9 thoughts on “How Mister Rogers Used King Friday to Make Friday the 13th Less Scary for Kids. Friday the 13th was considered to be the King’s birthday. Whenever the 13th fell on a Friday, during the years that the show was in production, the show staff would celebrate with a birthday cake.”

  1. TahoeLT

    Are kids really afraid of Friday the 13th? I’ve never known it as something more than sort of a lame joke.

    I was thinking about it this morning though, as I realized that we think humans are advanced and smart, but there are still people who talk about things like the 13th or a full moon as being something supernatural.

  2. JoesJourney

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY KING FRIDAY!!!

  3. AWifiConnection

    Mostly unrelated, but man I really wish I lived during the time Mr Rogers was at his height, because a major part of joy in my childhood are Christmas specials. I bet he had wild Christmastimes.

  4. Adrenochromed

    Which afterwards, King Friday would go home, don a hockey mask, and head over to Camp Crystal Lake for his annual killfest.

  5. ty_kanye_vcool

    I guess that explains why the King was so old. He was having two, three birthdays a year!

  6. 35Lcrowww

    I was not aware of that and that fact has made my morning that much more wholesome. Fred Rodgers was Awesome.

  7. theotherlead

    Mr. Rogers was my first crush when I was like 4

  8. DodkaVick

    I wish my birthday was on a Friday every year.

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