Friday the 13th Really Is Pretty Freaky

friday the 13thIt's Friday the 13th and I'm coming to you live from my underground doomsday bunker where Internet, water, and instant oatmeal are my only forms of sustenance. I don't consider this an overreaction, I consider this prudent preparation for what folklore and superstition assert is one of the most terrifying days of the year. Friday the 13th is nothing to be taken lightly; as far as I'm concerned, it should be a national holiday (same with Kate Middleton's birthday). Everyone should be able to stay home and avoid the pitfalls, traps, and over all unluckiness that plagues the world today.

Don't believe in all this hocus pocus mambo jambo? Here are some scary reasons you should fear the 13th.

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For starters, the numerology behind the number 13 is frightening in and of itself. It represents an irregularity and one of cosmic mystery. Sure, some cultures consider it lucky, but we here in the States fear it so much that there aren't any 13th floors in many buildings. Also, the number was considered evil after the Last Supper when Judas betrayed Jesus -- now some people believe that a table setting for 13 is very bad luck.

Then there's the Knight's Templar reference -- Friday the 13th was the day these medieval knights were imprisoned. And if those slow-moving Tom Hanks movies taught us anything, it's that those knights should be revered, not imprisoned.

And don't get me started on the superstitions. Who doesn't like to take non-evidenced events and turn them into historical and present fact? There are tons of unfounded fears surrounding today. For example, it's bad luck to take a trip on Friday the 13th. You shouldn't change your sheets because it will bring bad dreams; you shouldn't cut your nails, either. Also, if anything bad happens to you at all today, you'll forever associate it with Friday the 13th, turning you into a paraskevidekatriaphobic, or someone who fears Friday the 13th. And if that word isn't scary, I don't know what is.

And finally, you should be nervous because it's just the beginning. There will be three Friday the 13ths in 2012, each 13 weeks apart. Gulp. It's also a leap year, which is freaky in its own right. Three Friday the 13ths in one year is really rare, most years only have two, and it won't happen again until 2040. That is, if we make it to 2040. Three Friday the 13ths thirteen weeks apart and a Mayan prediction of the end of the world? I'm going to need more oatmeal.

Are you superstitious about Friday the 13th?

 

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