August 13, 2010 by Post Team
Jason Voorhees, August 13, that for many people means bad luck. (Although for others, it will mean a ritual exploration of the work of Jason Voorhees.) But why is the Friday the 13th bad luck, and how these superstitions begin?
In a way, paranoia is a relatively new, since the first written reference to the misfortune of being days did not come until the 1800s. But probably started much earlier as a combination of two common fears. Friday is considered an unlucky day among Christians because, according to folklore, Jesus had to have been crucified on a Friday (hence the Good Friday). The number 13 has been considered unlucky for centuries, as the number 12 is considered perfect and round (hence the 12 numbers on a clock), while 13 is considered irregular and wrong. (There is another Christian connection, 13 is considered lucky because the paganism of the cycles of the moon, so it is considered unlucky by Christians trying to purge the paganism during the Middle Ages.)
Whatever the origin, fears persist. The phobia is known as friggatriskaidekaphobia, and as much as 21 million Americans may be affected. Companies can lose up to 900 million in business in any given 13 on Friday because of superstitions (as people tend not to travel and some even leave the house). However, some airlines say they see a real drop in travel against other Friday (especially in summer) and there are conflicting reports about whether or not the most dangerous accidents on Friday the 13th than any other day.
If you believe or not, it’s probably better to have a little extra luck in your pocket, so you must start the day with “Lucky Star Madonna.”
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