Let us have some Friday the 13th fun! Fun things to know about this date would include why this day is looked at as an unlucky day and the superstitions that come with the infamous day. Don’t step on sidewalk cracks. Don’t walk under any ladders. Don’t let a black cat cross your path.
One superstition about it comes from the Bible. Viewing the famous Last Supper, Judas was the 13th guest to be seated. After Judas betrayed Jesus, he was crucified on a Friday. This could have been the beginning of the date’s infamy.
On this day in 1307, Knights of Templar were arrested because King Phillip IV of France thought the secret initiation rituals the Knights performed made them “enemies of the faith”. The Knights of Templar were tortured for years before being burned at the stake.
The date has been considered unlucky since the 14th century. It was on a Friday that Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales took place. That could be some Friday the 13th fun.
A 20th century novel by the same name, written by Thomas W. Lawson, was the first written reference. A ship named Lawson shipwrecked in a storm on this day in the year 1907.
Greek and Hispanic cultures believe Tuesday 13th is far more perilous than Friday. In Italy, Friday the 17th is more fearful than Friday the 13th.
A study done in 1993 discovered that hospital admissions due to traffic accidents were 52 percent higher on this day than on Friday the 6th. Germany did a study and did not find any increase in admissions or procedures on Friday the 13th. Could this mean the bad luck is in the imagination?
Superstitions affect the economy. People are so fearful that U.S. businesses lose millions of dollars on the date in question. This was determined by Donald Dossey, founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute.
Every month that starts with a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th. There can be up to three a year. 2015 will have two more. Also, Ashley and Mary Kate Olson, Steve Buscemi and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were born on this event.
There are two words that mean “fear of Friday the 13th” they are; paraskevidekatriaphobia and friggatriskaidekaphobia.
In a 1996 Gallup poll, 25 percent of Americans polled claimed to be very or somewhat superstitious. 9 percent said the number 13 made them nervous. Young people showed a tendency toward superstition over older people.
Taylor Swift turned 13 on this day and claims 13 as her lucky number. Friday the 13th is always fun for Taylor Swift!
Triskadekaphobia is the fear of the number 13. In numerology, completeness is found in the number 12; 12 months in the year, 12 hours in a day, 12 Apostles of Jesus and 12 signs of the zodiac. Thirteen, however is irregular and transgresses this completeness.
There is the belief that having 13 people at the dinner table will result in the death of one of the diners. There are tattoo shops that ink special Friday the 13th tattoos for only $13.
Often skyscrapers do not have a 13th floor. The floor may be referred instead to 12A or M – the 13th letter of the alphabet. Sometimes the floor is closed to the public making it a mechanical floor.
The first Friday the 13th movie opened May 9, 1980 in 1,100 theaters throughout the country. The first weekend it brought in over $5 million. Overall it pulled in $40 million in the United States and $59 million globally.
The Friday the 13th movie franchise released 12 movies from 1980 -2009. According to Dread Central’s website, there is a twist on Friday the 13th in the works. That’s Friday the 13th fun.
By Jeanette Smith
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