Friday the 13th

imagesAre you afflicted with paraskevidekatriaphobia?  That’s fear of Friday the 13th.  I’ll admit to a few shivers about it this year, as it’s picture day at school <g>  But many people go to great lengths to avoid the bad luck they are certain follows this day.

Why is Friday the 13th considered so unlucky?  According to legend, if thirteen people sit down at a table for dinner, one of them will die within the year.  Some cities refuse to name a 13th Street or Avenue.  We’ve all been in buildings that don’t have a thirteenth floor.  And it’s been noted that many infamous serial killers have thirteen letters in their name:  Theodore Bundy, Albert De Salvo, Jeffrey Dahmer and Jack the Ripper.  Judas was the last (13th) to arrive to the last supper, and at the end of the evening betrayed Jesus.

Friday’s had a bad rap throughout eternity.  Some say the trouble with Friday started in the Garden of Eden, when Eve tempted Adam with the apple.  (Am I the only one who has always thought Adam was a huge wienie to succumb to a piece of fruit?  And he was pretty quick to throw Eve under the bus for the whole thing, too.  Definitely not hero material.)  Friday was Hangman’s Day in Britain.  Witches observed their Sabbath on Fridays.  During pagan times, Friday was execution day.  And the crucifixion is said to have happened on a Friday.

No one knows when unlikely Friday became entwined with unlucky number thirteen.  But it was probably simple math:  Unlucky Friday + Unlucky 13 = doubly bad luck.  To most of us it’s just another day.  But for the ultra-superstitious, any misfortune that happens to befall them on this day, from hangnails to true woe, only underscores the truth in Friday the 13th’s bad rep.

Do you have any superstitions?  Do you think Friday the 13th is unlucky?  Have you ever had anything unfortunate happen to you on this date?

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9 Responses to Friday the 13th

  1. Teresa Hughes says:

    Kylie-You cracked me up with the Adam and Eve reference lol! Yes, Adam was a weinie 🙂 I am not superstitious about Friday the 13th. In fact my lucky number is 13. I was born on June 13th (it was a Thursday) so many times my birthday has been on Friday the 13th. Working in the medical field with mentally challenged persons I am more superstitious of nights of the Full Moon. Why? Because people with mental conditions due act worse during that time. So give me a Friday the 13th over a Full Moon anyday!

    • Kylie Brant says:

      Teresa–YES!!!! I don’t care about the lack of research there are people in certain fields who can attest that full moons brings out crazy!!!! There’s not a teacher in the world who wouldn’t agree with you.

  2. Willa says:

    It’s Friday 13th?????

    Arghhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  3. Kylie Brant says:

    Willa–hope no black cats walk under ladders in front of you today 🙂

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  5. Kathleen O says:

    I was born on the 13th of the month, and I don’t equate it with being anything but lucky for my family as I was the only girl born into a family of four boys.. Now they may think differently,(winking), but my mom and dad would say they were lucky…

    • Kylie Brant says:

      Kathleen, I have a daughter and four boys too 🙂 I have a brother, a niece, a sister and a nephew with birthdays on the 13th. I’ve never noticed that it was especially bad luck for any of them!

  6. Quilt Lady says:

    I think 13 is a lucky number!

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