• Kim C.

Friday the 13th....Joy.


Oh the irony of Friday the 13th falling in October, just in time for Halloween later in the month. I have several friends who went and saw the new IT, and I told them you couldn't pay me enough to go see it...pun intended. I've never been a coulrophobic, but I'm just not a horror movie fan. I've seen Jeepers Creepers, The Grudge, and parts of Saw 3, and none of it is something I want to re-watch...ever! So, it was a no-brainer that I would avoid the new Stephen King based movie at all costs.

I have several friends that are horror movie junkies, and they crack me up sometimes. They claim to not get scared but I've seen them freak during a movie, so yeah, I see you! It is interesting the history of Friday the 13th as a superstitious day.

The ancient Code of Hammurabi, for example, reportedly omitted a 13th law from its list of legal rules. Though this was probably a clerical error, superstitious people sometimes point to this as proof of 13’s longstanding negative associations. Fear of the number 13 has even earned a psychological term: triskaidekaphobia.

Supposedly, on Friday, October 13, 1307, officers of King Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar, a powerful religious and military order formed in the 12th century for the defense of the Holy Land. In more recent times, a number of traumatic events have occurred on Friday the 13th, including the German bombing of Buckingham Palace (September 1940); the murder of Kitty Genovese in Queens, New York (March 1964); a cyclone that killed more than 300,000 people in Bangladesh (November 1970); the disappearance of a Chilean Air Force plane in the Andes (October 1972); the death of rapper Tupac Shakur (September 1996) and the crash of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy, which killed 30 people (January 2012).

An important milestone in the history of the Friday the 13th legend in particular (not just the number 13) occurred in 1907, with the publication of the novel Friday, the Thirteenth written by Thomas William Lawson.

The book told the story of a New York City stockbroker who plays on superstitions about the date to create chaos on Wall Street, and make a killing on the market.

The horror movie Friday the 13th, released in 1980, introduced the world to a hockey mask-wearing killer named Jason, and is perhaps the best-known example of the famous superstition in pop culture history.

All really interesting information and ideas about why this day is such a dreaded day, though some people like to mock it simply because they can. So, all this to say, be safe today!


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