It’s no secret that Friday the 13th holds special meaning to any and all horror movie buffs. It’s like an exciting mini-Halloween, which is another special day for those of us that not only love scary movies, but haunted houses, trails, hayrides and really anything of the haunted nature and the acceptableness* to scare unsuspecting friends and small children. This Friday the 13th just happens to be a very convenient prelude to Halloween itself, which is only a mere 48 days away. I’m so excited I could pee.
But, (now I’m gonna’ drop a little history on you…)
The origins of the date (and by origins, I mean the first known mention of it in writing according to my quasi-research on the interwebs) go back about 200 years when it was decided to be an unlucky day.
Why, you ask?
Well, in Italian culture, Friday has always been thought of as an unlucky day. It’s also specifically noted in The Canterbury Tales** as being an unlucky day to take trips to Niagara Falls or balance your checkbook (people still do this, yes?).
And, we all know, no matter what culture you’ve derived from, the number 13 is just evil, evil, evil. All you triskaidekaphobians out there know what I’m talkin’ about…
That being said, Friday the 13th??? Holy Schnikes***, people! Stay inside. Don’t go anywhere today and most certainly not tonight. It’s just too dangerous.
But we all know that luck and unluck only effect the superstitious, right?
Well, I’m here to say that I’ve walked underneath ladders way too many times to count and not only am I still standing, but my luck is just as crappy as it was before. I hope that makes you feel better, it sure works for me.
Happy Friday the 13th, folks! Bring on the black cats, broken mirrors and a baker’s dozen of anything delicious.
Crude excuses for footnotes:
*Real word? Absolutely. **Written in the 14th Century aka a really freakin’ long time ago… ***If you don’t know what movie this is from, please stop reading, find out what movie it is, watch it, and come back after you’ve done so.
Here is a poster that is mildly related to this: