Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday 13th part III

by +Tina Cruris

This is the third installment of our Friday 13th series where we add very little content to the new post and just rely on what has gone before, much like the movies.

Murphy's Law waiting to happen
Superstitious much?

I am not a superstitious person and I am certainly not a Friggatriskaidekaphobiac, but I do get edgy on Friday 13th. It seems that we can generate our own bad luck specifically by looking and waiting for it to manifest itself. The avoidance of typical F-13 taboos such as mirrors, ladders and black cats can distract from our otherwise safe everyday activities.

The history of Friday 13th being an unlucky day exists mainly in Western culture. In other parts of the world, the number 13 has no relevance except that it smoothly links 12 to 14.

There are many reasons that people consider 13 to be unlucky. There were 13 people at the last supper, 13 is a difficult number to divide evenly (mainly because it is a prime number) and the end of the Mayan calendar's 13th Baktun was superstitiously feared as a harbinger of the apocalyptic 2012 phenomenon. All these are great reasons to be nervous, but the primary reason for the unlucky reputation of Friday 13th dates back to the days of the Knight's Templar when on Friday 13 October 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered them all to be arrested.

Three sevens means a jackpot
I should be so lucky. Lucky, lucky, lucky...
If we have such an unlucky day which appears periodically in our calendar, then what is our lucky day? Seven is considered to be a lucky number. Look at classic slot machines, they have big red 7s on them. Seven is a huge number both in math, religion, movies and entertainment. Nothing but good ever came from the number 7.

I hereby decree that in order to balance the bad luck of Friday 13th appearing in our calendars, Sunday 7th be known as the luckiest day of the month. A day where no harm can befall true believers of the magic of Sundayseptaphilia.

Share your Friday 13th experiences below in the comments area. We NEED to know.

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