Friday, August 13, 2010
Happy Friday the 13th guys!!!! I know today is supposed to be a day full of bad luck but I tend to believe that luck is what you create yourself.
Ever wonder where the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th came from? There really is no written evidence for Friday the 13th superstition until around the 19th century. Some people think that it's the combination of two old superstitions - 13 being an unlucky number and Friday being an unlucky day (Friday? Unlucky? That's the best day of the week!!). One theory is that in numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve signs of the zodiac, twelve hours of the clock, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve apostles of Jesus, twelve gods of Olympus. The number thirteen was considered to be irregular. 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.
Can you believe that the British Medical Journal even did a study on this back in 1993? The study was titled "Is Friday the 13th Bad for Your Health?" . Yep, a study done to find "the relation between health, behaviour, and superstition surrounding Friday 13th in the United Kingdom". The study found that, even though many people chose to NOT drive their cars on Friday the 13th, there were more vehicular accidents than on other "normal" Fridays. Isn't that crazy?
If you don't feel like tempting fate, have that bowl of Lucky Charms cereal, listen to Stevie Wonder sing "Superstitious", stick a rabbit's foot in your pocket, avoid black cats and walking under ladders!! I'm going to head home and watch the classic Friday the 13th movie instead :-)
Until next time, keep it clean!