Today is January 13, 2012. It is also Friday, making it Friday the 13th.
Those more superstitious will remind you to be careful today. Some consider this a bad-luck day. There’s even a word for the fear of Friday the 13th: friggatriskaidekaphobia. I say that’s a lotta friggin’ letters to that word! Today also brings to mind that series of slasher movies titled “Friday the 13th” in homage to, and capitalizing upon, the superstition surrounding the date.
I am sure there will be those who say if something bad happens to them today, like slipping on the ice or getting into a fender bender or losing house keys, that it is attributed to the date. But how ‘bout when the same, exact maladies happen on other days? Can we blame it on Thursday the 12th or Saturday the 14th?
According to Wikipedia, the genesis of this superstition came about in early 20th century:
- In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, the 12 Descendants of Muhammad Imams, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.
- Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century’s The Canterbury Tales, and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. Black Friday has been associated with stock market crashes and other disasters since the 1800s. It has also been suggested that Friday has been considered an unlucky day because, according to Christian scripture and tradition, Jesus was crucified on a Friday.”*
If you’re like me, you take note of the date, but then keep on truckin’ to do your other tasks and and errands. Stuff happens regardless of the date. And while we only had one Friday the 13th in 2011, in May, we can look forward to three of them this year: today, in April and July. So, if you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia or other superstitious bents regarding the date, you may want to mark those on your calendar and be extra careful!
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