Happy Friday the 13th!!! Here’s a suitably Spooky video! 🙂
There are several reasons that Friday the 13th has come to be seen as unlucky.
1. It is thought that the superstition arose in biblical times when there was thought to be 13 people present at Jesus’s Last Supper. And that the 13th member was Judas Iscariot who had betrayed him. He was thought to have been crucified the next day which was a Friday.
2. In 1307, Friday 13th October, hundreds of Knights Templar were captured and tortured in France.
3. The number 13 is often associated with Witchcraft as this is thought to be the number that you need to form a Coven.
4. 13 follows 12 and 12 is thought to be a safe number as there was 12 apostles, 12 zodiac signs, 12 months.
5. There is a lot of people who feel that Friday the 13th is unlucky, so much so that psychologists came up with a name for it – paraskavedekatriaphobia!
6. Chaucer described it as being an unlucky day in the Canterbury Tales, claiming that starting a journey or project on a Friday is bad luck.
7. Such is the Fear of 13, some buildings and hotels refuse to even have a 13th floor!
“The Thirteenth Floor” was a story that featured in the popular boys horror comic Scream! in the 1980’s. It was set in Maxwell Tower, where there was a floor 12 and 14 and no floor 13 for reasons of superstition.
Max, an Artificial Intelligence was programmed to love and protect his tenants but at the same time showed no remorse for anyone that annoyed them. He had the ability to create a virtual reality 13th floor where people’s worst fears would be realised if they crossed his tenants paths!
For most people, though, Friday the 13th is cool. 🙂 Just maybe don’t take that lift today….
The complete run of The Thirteenth Floor is being re-released just in time for Halloween 2018…