Friday 13 Not Calm MemeIt’s Friday the 13th’ or Black Friday, as it is less commonly known. It is considered an unlucky day; not only according to Western superstition, but it is a culture creeping up here too.

Fri 13thIt occurs when the 13th day of the month, (according to a Gregorian calendar) falls on a Friday. This is the second one in a year; the other one fell on the eve of Valentine’s Day (that would explain a lot though!).

The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the middle ages when both Friday and the number 13 were considered to be of bad luck. It also has religious relations of Judas being the 13th guest at the last supper; and Jesus being crucified on Friday. But it is more commonly associated with famed movie character Jason Voorhees (why do these guys always have Dutch sounding names?) who died on Friday the 13th; resulting in him carrying out killings.

Friday 13 JasonThis day occurs at least once a year, at most three. If you’re superstitious and you survive this one as well as last month’s, don’t celebrate yet; there’s another one in November.

Friday 13 jason creepWhat is the social impact of this day? An estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by fear of this day, making it the most feared day in history. Some people are paralyzed by the fear that they avoid their normal routines by taking flights or not getting out of bed. Name assigned to this fear?

Paraskevidekatriaphobia

Yes unbelievably the name assigned is more ridiculous than the superstition itself.

Well, it is now clear that I don’t believe in superstitions. Therefore, in typical “shove it up yours” fashion, I will spend the rest of the day watching Jason Voorhees doing what he does best. Child please, miss me with all that .

Story by Louisa Nungari (our Super “Scary” Intern)