06 Jan Scary Facts Surrounding Friday the 13th
Even with the modern days, Friday the 13th can sometimes freak us out. We have already hold onto our habit of having a rabbit foot to ward off the evil spirits and to feel safe and free from the horrors and tragedies that this days brings. There will be two Friday the 13ths in 2017 – one this January and another one in October.
Below are some of the strange and scary facts that surrounds Friday the 13th.
In 2012, one of the weirdest phenomena happened related to Friday the 13th. The year had 3 Friday the 13th and the dates January 13, April 13, and July 13 had 13 weeks apart. This also happened back in 1984.
There is such a thing as the fear of the Friday the 13th. It is known as the paraskavedekatriaphobia or the friggatriskaidekaphobia. Fear of the number 13, on the other hand, is known as Triskaidekaphobia.
Hotels, hospitals, and other buildings often skip the 13th floor and most airports even omit gate 13. This fear of the dreaded number has spread worldwide and the practice of not having a “13th something” has been a common practice around the world.
There is no clear explanation about why Friday the 13th is associated with bad luck. However, leaning to its biblical references, the 13th man in the Last Supper betrayed Jesus and his crucifixion apparently happened to be a Friday.
In history, Crusaders were captured on a Friday, October 13th 1307. They were imprisoned and accused of heresy, blasphemy, and homosexuality. A lot of them died from torture as well.
A lot of notorious people in history happen to be conceived during a Friday the 13th. Ku Klux Khan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest was born on July 13th,1821. The Nazis also happened to drop a bomb on Buckingham Palace on a Friday the 13th of September 1940 during the World War II.
Several twisted minded figures in history were also born on a Friday the 13th. Alfred Hitchcock, the director of the movies “Strangers on a Train” and “Psycho”, was born on this dreaded day. Fidel Castro of Cuba was also born on a Friday the 13th.
A plane also happened to crash in the Andes on the Friday the 13th of October 1972. Survivors of the flight resorted to cannibalism to survive. This is also the reason why few people would take a flight during a Friday the 13th.
Tupac died on a Friday the 13th after being shot several times in LA after he watched a Mike Tyson boxing match.
Unlike Halloween, only a few brave at heart and morbid lovers would dress-up for the occasion and would throw some sort of celebration for Friday the 13th. Clad in horrifying costumes or simply dark make-up, the idea of what goes on during Friday the 13th is attributed to our brain’s capacity to make associations. If something bad happens to come your way on a Friday the 13th, you tend to associate that incident to your mind forever.
The fear of Friday the 13th, whatever the reasons may be, will continue to remain as one of the weirdest and scariest superstitions there is around the globe.