• Monique Bonds

Friday The 13th

A wise woman once said,

"It's going down, basement, Friday the 13th guess who's playing Jason."

More than a good punchline and movie did you know Friday the 13th is a day full of terror, especially in 2020.

Listed below are seven facts about Friday the 13th:

#1- The Day Might Have Originated From The Time of Jesus

Although it has yet to be proven, many believe that the origin of 13 being an unlucky number grew from The Last Supper's story. Jesus had 13 guests at his last meal, and the 13th guest was Judas — the well-known betrayer of Jesus. Jesus was then crucified on a Friday. This is where Friday the 13th is believed to get it's bad rep.

#2- Famous People Have Died On Friday The 13th

The adored Tupac Shakur was killed on Friday, Sept. 13, 1996. 

#3- The Number 13 Is Just Unlucky

Many numerologists believe the number 13 is merely unlucky because of its relation to the number 12. They consider the number 12 a "complete" number: 12 months in a year, 12 hours on a clock, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 apostles, and 12 gods of Olympus. Everything good comes in 12's. 

#4- The 13th Floor

More than 80 percent of high-rise buildings entirely avoid having a 13th floor, according to National Geographic. Hospitals skip the 13th floor, and some hotels skip having a room Number 13. Even airports even skip having a gate 13.

#5- Friday The 13th Is One of the Highest-Grossing Film Series

The Friday the 13th collection includes 12 horror movies, a television series, and numerous books focusing on superstitions and curses. While some of the publications received negative reviews from critics, they still have one of the most massive following in horror history to this day. The main character's Jason Voorhees mask is one of the most known images in popular culture.

#6- There Is A Medical Term For The Fear Of Today

Friggatriskaidekaphobia' or 'Paraskevidekatriaphobia' is also known as the fear of Friday the 13th. Friggatriskaidekaphobia is named after the Norse goddess of wisdom, after whom Friday is named, triskaideka meaning 13, and phobia meaning fear.

#7- Myths About Today

While there are various myths and superstitions associated with the day, here's a few to leave you with:

  • Do not start a trip on Friday, or you will encounter misfortune.

  • Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck.

  • If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, someone in your family will die.

  • If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you will be the next to die.

  • If you break a mirror on Friday the 13th, you will have seven years of bad luck.

  • If you walk under a ladder or if a black cat crosses you on Friday the 13th, you will have bad luck.

  • A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life.

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