Ever wondered where the whole Friday the 13th belief came about? I decided to play scientist and do a bit of quick research for you guys =D *I love nerdy projects like these, it gives me the excitingwobblyjeebies*
1. Mr Wiki says that there is no written evidence for a “Friday the 13th” superstition before the 19th century. Hmm? So this is a pretty recent thing?
And where did this whole belief stem from then, you may ask?
2. Apparently, it could be from an often quoted Norse myth which tells the tale of 13 god friends who attended a dinner party at Valhalla – thought to be where brave warriors went after they died. The party disintegrated into a fight between the gods, resulting in the Earth being plunged into darkness and the world’s first winter.
My first thoughts? This piece of a hunk =D
3. Next theory? The Last Supper did not help the number’s reputation, with Judas turning up late taking the number of diners to 13 and Jesus being crucified on a Friday.
4. It was supposedly on a Friday that Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit.
5. Modern economics hasn’t helped this belief in any way either. Wall Street has fostered a fear of Friday the 13th for decades. In Oct. 13, 1989, Wall Street saw, what was at the time, the second largest drop of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in history. The day was nicknamed the Friday-the-13th mini-crash.
Okay, so this whole 13th thing maybe something real.
6. There are a number of popular myths and superstitions surrounding the day, most famously:
- 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.
- Do not start a trip on Friday or you will encounter misfortune.
- If you break a mirror on Friday the 13th, you will have seven years of bad luck.
- A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life.
- Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck.
- If a black cat crosses you on Friday the 13th, you will have bad luck.
So how do we keep ourselves safe from the whole bad luck thing you may ask?
Amulets? Magic strings?
10. Superstition says we should avoid cracks in the sidewalk, put your clothes on inside out, pick up a pencil, a pin, a penny, or a piece of coal in the street or even take a walk in the rain.
*ill have a problem with walking in the rain or wearing my undies inside out, but to each his own na?*
11. Also, 21 million people in the U.S. have a phobia of Friday the 13th. pfft.
12. Guys, if you’re one of those 21 million, please stay inside today. Don’t go out, trip n a black cat, fall into the sidewalk and crack your head open. Please.
13. AND last but not least, treat this article as a good laugh, and not take any of it seriously. This article is NOT gospel truth. OKAY? Stay safe!!
I hope you had fun reading this, and may the odds be ever in your favour! =D