Friday The 13th: Myth Or Fact?
Not to be superstitious, but some freaky things have happened on Friday the 13ths.
Friday the 13th is one of the most iconic days of the year and it doesn’t matter what your generation, race or beliefs are—you know what it is. It’s supposed to be unlucky and laced with evil, which is why some people are extra cautious when that day matches up with that date. Several franchises have even reached success because of it, the biggest ones arguably being the Friday the 13th movie and Friday the 13th game.
It’s hard to pinpoint when Friday the 13th actually became a thing, but history has proven that some freaky things have happened during the day.
On Friday the 13th in 1307, Crusader warriors were imprisoned. Members of the Knights of Templar were accused of heresy, blasphemy and homosexuality and many later died from torture by the hands of French King Philip IV’s officers.
Plane Crash Results In Cannibalism
Then on 1972, a plane crashed in the Andes and twelve people died instantly upon impact. Those that weren’t killed by the avalanche that later followed survived by resorting to cannibalism. Sound familiar? It’s the premise of the movie Alive.
Market Collapses and The Failure of Technology
In 1989, the stock exchange crashed in what was then the second most damaging blow in the market’s history. Dow Jones Industrial Average was down by an alarming 190.58 points. The following year, a virus crashed IBM computers in the UK, which wiped out vital yet unredeemable data.
The Last Kill of Jack the Ripper
Prostitute Frances Cole was murdered in 1891 by having her throat cut from ear to ear. Her murder is believed to be the last of the infamous Whitechapel murders carried out by the notorious Jack the Ripper.
Several notable people were born on Friday the 13th, including genius film director Alfred Hitchock, who is responsible for bringing the world Psycho, Strangers on a Train and Vertigo. The list also includes former Cuban president Fidel Castro and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard and founder Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Asteroid 99942 in April 2029
While it cannot be said for sure at this point, we can expect Asteroid 99942 to pass by the Earth’s orbit on Friday the 13th in 2029. The asteroid is going to pass a mere 18,000 miles away, which is closer than any of the satellites currently in orbit.
But is there really anything to worry about?
While there are some really horrible things that have happened on Friday the 13th, many argue that this is all just coincidence. This definitely has merit and the superstition is actually different for other cultures. In Italy, for example, it is Friday the 17th that is considered bad luck. Spanish-speaking countries, on the other hand, watch out for Tuesday the 13th—and this is true also for the Greeks, who believe Tuesdays are influenced by Ares, the God of War.
So, hey, don’t hide in your home all day just because it’s supposed to be an unlucky day. We say go put on an outfit that makes you feel good and don’t give Friday the 13th a second thought—but do watch out for any ladders, manholes and black cats.