Fun Friday the 13th Facts

13.08.2010

POSTED IN CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

Happy Friday the 13th!

Halloween Picture of a Scary Skull decoration stacked on top of haunted book props. Another Halloween prop idea use in our home haunt

Most every Halloween fan is familiar with Jason Voorhees from the movie Friday the 13th which was first released in 1980. This horror film and its machete wielding lunatic still stands as one of the most iconic images in fright and Halloween haunt scares 30 years later!

But why choose the name Friday the 13th? Why not “Camp Crystal” or “Machete Mayhem” or anything else for that matter…

Because superstitiously the 13th day of the month is burnt into to our collective psyche as a day of ill will and bad luck – But why is that?

The fear of Friday the 13th is supposedly named Frigg triskaidekaphobia. Try and say that 13 times really fast, and no I’m not just making words up again… it is a documented phobia!

Some folks believe this fear of the 13th day landing of the 6th day of the week is a mix of two much older superstitions.

  • 1) Thirteen is an unlucky number…
  • 2) Friday is an unlucky day…

But Why Fear The Friday or The 13?

It has been suggested that 12 is the perfect number because there are 12 months in the year, 12 zodiac signs, 12 hrs on the faced of a clock, 12 apostles, 12 Olympic Gods and so on. So it is reasoned that to surpass the number twelve and hit the number thirteen must be very bad indeed!

And then there is Friday. Christian beliefs are that Jesus was put to death on Friday (very bad (resurrection good)) and that there were 13 people taking part in the last supper. Also the 14th century, “The Canterbury Tales” labelled this day unlucky and who can dismiss Black Friday and its associations with bad luck and disasters.

Looking a little farther into the other ancient myths and superstitions, there is a Norse myth that says Friday was named for a spirited goddess called Frigga and when the Norse tribes where converted from their old pagan ways Frigga was branded a witch and banished. So the superstition goes that on every Friday, out of spite, she would gather with the devil and 11 more witches (13) to plan evil tricks of fate as pay back for her banishment.

More Friday the 13th Facts.

Image of Halloween Jason Voorhees prop used in our home haunting party

– The 13th day of a month will fall on a Friday if the month begins with Sunday.

– There is at least one Friday the thirteen every year of the calendar.

– There can be up to three Friday the 13th in a calendar year.

– The 13th day of a given month has more chance of being a Friday than the other days.

– On average you can expect the thirteen day of the month to be Friday every 212.35 days.

– The last October Friday the 13th happened in 2006.

– The next October Friday the 13th happens in 2017.

– Black Sabbath released their debut album on Friday Feb. 13th, 1970.

– 19th century Daredevil, Sam Patch performed a 125-foot jump into the Genesse River on Friday, Nov. 13, 1829 – He did not survive. (What was he thinking)

– Four of the 12 Friday the 13th movies were released on the thirteenth day of the month.

– The 13th sequel of this iconic horror film is scheduled to be released on Friday Sept. 13th 2013. (I think that‘s a Trifecta!)

Well there’s a bit of fun for you all on this day the 13th which happens to have landed on Friday! Hope you enoyed! Have safe and Happy Friday the 13th!


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3 Responses to “Fun Friday the 13th Facts”

  1. Kristyn says:

    LOVE the robot/Jason clip, lol!

  2. Screaming Scarecrow says:

    LOL! AHHH – *wipes tears from eyes* we laughed ourselves silly when we first saw this!

  3. Crystal says:

    Wow! That was a lot of fun friday the 13th facts! personally I like both the number 13 and Friday!

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