Yep it’s that day of the year again Friday the 13th, actually we have had 2 this year, this one, today and another one in September. Really I am not all that too worried about Friday the 13th. Calvin jokes about that I am, but we have actually flown on a few Friday the 13th’s, so if I truly was freaked out about this day, do you think I would have NOT booked tickets or even gotten on a plane unless I had too.
After reading up a little on the internet, I found a few interesting bits about Friday the 13th. Like for example: any month that starts on a Sunday contains a Friday the 13th, and there is at least one Friday the 13th in every calendar year. There can be as many as three Friday the 13ths in a single calendar year. I found loads on famous people who have died on a Friday 13th, one being Julia Child who passed away Friday 13th August 2004 :(. So did enjoy watching her cooking shows in the 80’s!
There is even a phobia just for this day! Paraskevidekatriaphobics — people afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th. Now say that 3 times FAST lol!
Is today’s Friday the 13th even unluckier being that it is also the 13th year (2013)? I wonder if that freaks people out even more so? People were going on and on, on their Facebook news feeds the other day being that it was 11/12/13 (my side of the world sets the date out as day/month/year not like the Americans who do month/day/year) like the sky was about to fall.
Looking into why the number 13 is unlucky for some, I found a few things that interested me, like there were 12 gods were invited to a banquet at Valhalla. Sadly Loki, who was considered the Evil One, and the god of mischief, had been left off the guest list. Being that he was full of mischief he crashed the party anyway. Bringing the total number of Gods to 13. True to form, Loki raised hell by inciting Hod, the blind god of winter, to attack Balder the Good, who was a favourite of all the gods. Hod took a spear of mistletoe offered by Loki and obediently hurled it at Balder, killing him. All Valhalla grieved, and although one might take the moral of this story to be “Beware of uninvited guests bearing mistletoe,” the Norse themselves apparently concluded that 13 people at a dinner party is just plain bad luck.
As if to prove the point, the Bible tells us there were exactly 13 present at the Last Supper. One of the dinner guests, as we all know, betrayed Jesus Christ. Setting the stage for the Crucifixion, which just happened to take place on Friday (of all days). Only reinforcing Friday as an unlucky day for some!
Continuing with Friday and it being the unlucky day of the week, if you go by want was taught to some of us in Sunday School, Eve did her worst on a Friday and tempted the poor weak Adam with the forbidden fruit, then they were both booted out from Paradise, for HA, his weakness. Then there is the story of the ‘Great Flood’ yeah it started on a Friday and God tongue-tied the builders of the Tower of Babel on a Friday PLUS the Temple of Solomon was also destroyed on, can you guess? A Friday! Are you seeing a trend here? It is also the day to die in history that is, in Pagan Rome the execution day was traditionally a Friday, also later to be known as the Hangman’s day in Britain. When you think about it going from this every and any Friday is unlucky – so why does everyone declare TGIF on twitter and Facebook every Friday? Is it a way of making Friday somehow lucky again?
“Oh heck we are flying 13 hours to America on a Friday arrrhhhh lol!”
Really people die every day of the week, unlucky events happen with many different numbers of people attending, there are even sad single car crashes with single deaths, does that make it unlucky to travel in cars without someone else with you? Hell I would never get stuff done if I had to wait for Calvin to arrive home before I could go out to get stuff done!
Today I am going to follow a tradition I have done for most Friday the 13th. I am going to have a movie marathon of scary movies and bowls of yummy popcorn.
Happy Friday the 13th PEOPLE and have an awesome weekend!