The Curse of Friday the 13th

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

By Emma Harris

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Friday the 13th is a notorious day, known for fear, curses, superstitions, bad luck and all around evil nature.


This day may seem dangerous, but when you get down to the history of it, the only thing you have to fear is fear itself.


According to Newsweek, 13 has been seen as an unlucky number dating back to Biblical times. There were 13 people at the Last Supper on the Friday before Jesus was crucified, which is why people began to think of it as an unlucky number during that time. A genuine fear of the number 13 is called Triskaidekaphobia, and it developed solely off the superstition.


Next, there is the day: Friday. It is at the end of the week, otherwise seen as the only thing separating you from the weekend. Before you can relax, it is the last thing you have to get through.


Pop culture only adds to the fire. For example, the Friday the 13th franchise associate this day as the day where Jason Voorhees wrecks havoc in your town. This franchise has become a cultural phenomenon causing extensive paranoia on this day.

“The reason that people are scared on Friday the 13 is because of Jason,” said Mrs. Fetscher, who relayed what 6th graders told her.


The moral of the story is not to let a day, number or movie scare you. Friday the 13th is simply a day that happens once every year and a series of horror films. However, you might want to be careful not to walk under a ladder or break a mirror.


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