How I started My Friday the 13th

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Many people take it as just another normal day, while others take it it as seriously as a religion.

How do you take it?

Submitted: July 18, 2012

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Friday the 13th, what do you believe?

By: Christine Transue & Cristian Vega

Many people take it as just another normal day, while others take it it as seriously as a religion.

History:
Well first of all, we all know what happens when you try and Google “Friday the 13th”. The all famous 1980 film pops up among many superstitious sites. Of course we all know the movie, but what about the actual history of the date?

Anyone?

Well here is an example.

I woke up today and got ready to go out for the day. As we were getting in the car, I whacked my head getting in the passenger seat. Then if that wasn’t enough, as we were leaving the parking lot (mind you this happened when backing up) my binder sitting on the dash flew off and hit my knee badly. The only explanation I had for all that was, it’s Friday the 13th!

According to western superstition, Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day . . . Duh!

Now let’s get serious!

Who here knows Henry Sutherland Edwards?
I know I didn’t.
But after doing some research I discovered his biography on Gioachino Rossini. Yes I know, who the heck is this Gioachino guy? Well ladies and gentleman this is the name behind my pain and suffering this morning and yours too (if you had any).

Yes, it’s all our good friend Henry’s fault that it got documented in 1869.

Q:What exactly did henry document in the biography?
A: It was recorded that Gioachino regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and 13 as an unlucky number. Why should we believe this though, you might ask. Well to top it off, Gioachino just happened to die on Friday the 13th in the November of 1868!
What a coincidence…

This theory of course is one of many, but it’s the one I believe the most.

Did you know?
In Spanish-Speaking countries, they believe in Tuesday the 13th, instead of Friday the 13th. This is all supposedly due to the fact that Tuesdays are dominated by the influence of Ares, which is “God of War”.
But I’m not going into all that.

How to Avoid “Extra” bad luck.
- Try not to break any mirrors, if you do this is 7 years of bad luck

- Don’t step on a crack (You might break your mother’s back)

- Don’t walk under a ladder

- Beware of Black Cats

-Don’t open an umbrella indoors

-Don’t put your left shoe on first, tisk tisk

And there you have it! (There are many other superstitions but that would be a long list).

Now let’s end this blog with a freaky fact :O
In the Year of 2012, there has been 3 Friday the 13ths (Jan 13, April 13, July 13). Here is the creepy part, they were all 13 weeks apart (dun dun duuunn). This hasn’t happened since 1984!

Now if all this talk about Friday the 13th scares you, or keeps you indoors every time it occurs, there is a medical name for that. It’s called……… paraskevidekatriaphobia. You don’t have to take my word for it though, I’m no doctor.

 

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