Friday the 13th

Photo provided by graphic design Forum poster Friday the 13th.

Photo provided by graphic design Forum poster Friday the 13th.

Riley Arnold, Entertainment Editor

With its spooks and scares to torture people, one of the unluckiest days of the year is finally here.

This year there happened to be two Friday the 13ths – January 13th and October 13th. So it’s double the scares.

If you are worried about what’s in store for today, then you’re not alone. Psychologists have done extensive research and even came up with a word for how you may be feeling – paraskavedekatriaphobia, or better known as the fear of Friday the 13th.

Jennifer’Lynn Johnson a 12th grader at Da Vinci Communications, talks about a memory that she has from a Friday the 13th in the past. She was with a few friends and got tricked into seeing Insidious. Johnson says, “my friend’s brother kept on scaring me while we were watching the movie and that was a very scary night for me.”

Apparently, the superstition around this day is thought to have started during the Middle Ages and may have some biblical origins.

According to the New Testament, there were 13 people present for Jesus’s last supper on Maundy Thursday, the day before Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday. This means that when Jesus was crucified it really affected those 13 other people and that’s what may have started “Friday the 13th”.

A lot of people just say that Friday the 13th is a superstition and that it’s all just fake. So are there actually some bad things that have happened on Friday the 13th?

According to The Telegraph,  “In 1976, New Yorker Daz Baxter was apparently so afraid of Friday the 13th he decided the safest place to stay was his bed. However,  Mr. Baxter was killed later that day when the floor of his apartment block collapsed.”

This is scary because it is showing that even if someone tried to be safe and hide in their house the whole day they were still in a dangerous situation and happened to die from it.

Why 13? The number 13 has been considered unlucky for many years. According to The Telegraph,  “The number 12 is historically considered the number of completeness, while its older cousin, 13, has always been seen as an outlier.”  Many hotels even skip the 13th floor as it is a sign of misfortune.

According to Dr. Caroline Watt of the University of Edinburgh, “If people believe in the superstition of Friday the 13th then they believe they are in greater danger on that day. As a result, they may be more anxious and distracted and this could lead to accidents. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

However, not everything on Friday the 13th is bad. There are also many funny stories that come out of this spooky day.

Andrew Cogis, a freshman at DVC, talks about a funny story when he went trick or treating early on Friday the 13th, Cogis said, “I don’t know why I did it but I guess I just wanted free candy.”

So everyone be safe today, don’t get into any danger and don’t be too scared. Plus, have fun tonight at the A Night to Dismember Dance.

 

BOO!

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