Friday, The 13th

Misstalkaholic friday the 13th

Today is Friday, the 13th- the most unlucky day of the year. The date reminded me of a movie called Friday, the 13th. Soon, I googled it and got to read few interesting points about this day.

Do you know that Friday, the 13th is considered an unlucky day according to Western superstition? You must be aware of the fact that 13 is an unlucky number too. After googling for few hours, I reached to the fact that there were 13 people present for Jesus’s last supper on Maundy Thursday, the day before Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday. And Judas, the apostle who later betrayed Jesus, was apparently the 13th guest to sit down at the last supper of Jesus Also, on Friday, October 13th, 1307 Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar.

It might sound more intriguing to you that in many Western Countries, tall buildings are missing the 13th floor. Many houses often do not have a number 13, and many hotels miss out the 13th floor. It is regarded very unlucky for 13 people to dine together. Have you heard that US President Roosevelt was one among those who believed in such superstitions and refused to travel on Friday the 13th?

According to a report, 60 million people have a phobia of Friday, the 13th which is known scientifically as “paraskevidekatriaphobia”. For many people, this phobia is still a living nightmare, who refuse to go out of the home on this day. Many people still refuse to fly or travel on this day, few have canceled their wedding dates if it falls on Friday, the 13th.

Let me tell you, Friday the 13th is an American horror franchise also. The series began in 1980, produced and directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. It tells the story of a group of teenagers who are murdered one by one while attempting to re-open an abandoned campground. Now the franchise comprises twelve slasher films, a television show, novels, comic books, and a video game. The twelfth & the last installment in the franchise came in 2009.

Coincidentally, I didn’t get the chance to go out of my home today. So I thought to celebrate this unlucky day in my style by watching the horror franchise as much as I can.

If you liked the post, do let us know your thought about this day? Have you watched the series? If not, then why not today. This year Friday the 13th will fall two times. So you will have an unlucky day again. Be prepared.

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  1. Really? The date went right over my head. I didn’t feel any different. My life is pretty sweet, and luck hasn’t much to do with it. I do the same with time. If I don’t have any appointments, or am getting into bed in the wee hours, I don’t look at the clock. Therefore, my mind isn’t prompted or affected by it.

    Uck! Friday the 13th movies are horrible. I’m not talking about scary. I’m saying appalling. Some guy in a mask decides to kill everyone in the neighborhood. Seriously??? In my opinion…he walks too slow to get the upper hand, unless it’s a movie. His communication skills are non-existent, but if I consider his knife…I suppose that’s his way of connecting.

    Frankly, I’m too mad at him for being this confident that killing is OK to take him seriously. Without a voice, he has no real purpose. He’s the unlucky one!!!

    1. Haha Friday the 13th is considered unlucky in many countries. I guess that is why makers of this movie came out with such idea. Though I couldn’t relate it with Friday or 13. Yes the storyline is creepy but scary too. I still cannot watch it with both my eyes open. The murders and the presence of Jason scares me alot.

  2. I once read an article about Friday 13th and thought about commenting on it but was worried I wouldn’t get a word in edge ways. How wrong could I have been, Miss Talkaholic! 🙂

      1. my husband and I watched the F13 series just recently when it was aired almost non-stop on MoviesTV – we’re in our 50’s, and we’d never seen any of them. It was fun to see the first film – it set the trend for “slash films”, it’s like a “how to”.

        And yeah, the cherry on top is watching the lady who sold detergent on tv when I was a child playing a psycho killer’s psycho killer mom!

        Thanks for this post Miss T, it was fun to read!

  3. Most interesting focus. Glad you called it western superstition for that is what it is. However I thought you choice of staying home this pay is part respect for the superstition. Did you think the day would have been bad for you?

    1. Haha it was a coincident that I got no chance or reason to step out of the home. Anyways if something had to happen bad, It could have been done even inside the home. But yea my laptop got a problem today, must be a bad day for it…😝

  4. And I always thought a hippie psychedelic band from Austin called “The Thirteenth Floor Elevators” had a copyright or something and that’s why high rises didn’t have thirteenth floors…

  5. Mattias replaced judas as the 12th disciple after judas killed himself for betraying Jesus even though he gave the pharisees back their blood money. Horror movies are a gateway for people’s minds to be controlled by the devil. What we give attention to we allow to overpower n control us. The drawcard of horror is the excitement of not knowing what will happen but there are more wholesome ways to be thrilled. Plenty who would not openly worship the devil give him glory and make him happy by watching and paying obeisance in cinematic temples. The more of these movies you watch the harder it will be to obey your conscience. You will find yourself laughing at evil things like people getting killed in ritual sacrifice or by some other crude bloody means using ancient or modern weapons. We would not tolerate watching what happens to animals in a butcher or slaughterhouse on screen and yet we easily dismiss such callous contemptuous treatment of humans. I am speaking as one guilty of watching vampire zombie n werewolf movies. I would not relish the opportunity to pollute my mind and give myself nightmares again. As for this piece of writing it is witty insightful and informative as always

    1. I don’t think there’s any harm in watching such movies… We must take things as entertainment and not let them ruin our mind… Supposedly when we watched the Twilight series, we loved it because it entertained us and not because we dreamt of becoming a vampire one day. But yes I can’t see the pictures which are full of murders and butchered scenes… For e.x. The hills have eyes and its series

  6. Nice research on your article, Falak. As for me, I don’t see why people enjoy seeing these movies. They’re scary and it’s just gratuitous violence, on the whole.

  7. minor inroads have been made to the unluckiness of 13 in that you can get a “Baker’s Dozen” of say doughnuts which is 12 doughnuts plus one for the oh oops of the delivery sol. “carrying charges!” if you like picking up quotes to feel a part of the movie lines, that one being ferrari or whatever his name was at the blue parrot, the compitition to rick’s ‘gin joint’ cafe americain in Casablanca . or perhaps expand the adventure into FINE literature with Vonnegut’s Slapstick: or, Lonesome no more. otherwise it’s rather a bunch of fun to note what is lucky as is what is unlucky. 3,8 and 88 are traditionally lucky numbers in Chinese Menu culture of the USA Chinese outting or what little culture we’re gifted to get…. oh the jokes available…but whatever… If I’m loud and heavily treading clap my hands! but 3,8 and 88 3 is a fine family number unlike the symmetry of american offering too much one to politely share or whatever 8 visually grabbing perhaps too and 88? well play me a tune on a piano. in Western or occidental – a word rarely used as the contrast to the east’s Oriental, seven is the lucky number divine. double lucky is fourteen. 12 is the top of a clock but thirteen is a clock that broke- that’s realllly fun to look up as a possibly bogus story of William Hetfield in 1774 swearing st paul’s cathedral struck 13 as his proof he wasn’t asleep at his post and? well by golly, he got off from a death sentence for getting that right. lucky begger. but for the most fun of all, cultural point of eastern europe say romania, hungary, bulgaria would offer up the tradition of any odd number gift of flowers is a message saying death to said recipiant… fine if we’re proving that but as yet i can’t verify it sufficiently or remember the tv show saying it drat. even down to simply even or odds its lucky and unlucky except in craps where a set of snake eyes really is a sha poo poo toss.

  8. I joke about it but I’m not really that superstitious. I took the day off work today and hope to have a nice day with my daughter before she goes back to school.

    I watch the original Friday the 13th in the theater on the big screen in 1980. Scared me half to death. I watched several of the sequels; also scared me half to death. I quit watching when it was some crazy Jason versus Freddy in outer space … that one went just a little too far.

    1. Haha, when Jason went in the sky and there was another world, the plot was funny to me. The original movie scared me and truly speaking I haven’t watched few murder scenes from the movie till now…

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