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It’s Friday the 13th So Watch Your Back!

by Marisa Flores

Friday the 13th occurs about three times a year, and this Friday we are cursed with one of them. It is a day that is considered to be evil. But what is it really?

Friday the 13th is considered to be the unluckiest day in the Gregorian calendar. [1] All throughout history it has been seen as a day on which bad things occur. Some believe that it was the day Eve made Adam eat the poison fruit. Others believe that the day is unlucky because of how the number 13 is related to the Egyptian afterlife and death in general.

Although some consider the fear of Friday the 13th to be just a superstition, it is in fact a real fear. The technical name for the fear of Friday the 13th is “friggatriskaidekaphobia” or “paraskevidekatriaphobia.” [1]  According to experts, millions of people are affected by this fear.

This fear has been passed down from generation to generation. It seems that most people are scared of Friday the 13th simply because the fear is ingrained in Western culture. [2] “I am very superstitious on that day. I feel like anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, like Murphy’s law. Though most times it doesn’t happen that way, I feel like there’s that element of spooky surprise,” said sophomore Megan Kuzniewski.

Believe it or not, Friday the 13th has a huge impact on the way people live their lives on that specific day. Many people will refuse to fly, buy a house, or act on a hot stock tip. [2] This can impact how much money the certain companies are making and can cause economic problems.

This day has become so popular that by just saying “Friday the 13th” people become full of fear. There have been movies, books, tv shows, and other works based off the day. And it’s no surprise why. Many people believe in the cursed day, but many also believe that it is purely superstition.

“I’m not superstitious. I’ve never even seen the movie. I don’t feel anything at all,” said senior Alejandro Taboada. WHS guidance counselor Ryan Defibaugh added “I tend not to put any stock into the superstitions surrounding Friday the 13th. I believe I am responsible for creating my own luck, good or bad.” Why believe in a day that has no concrete evidence to prove it?

Regardless of whether the tale is true; it is a day full of potential dangers. So, as the title says, watch your back.

 

Sources:

[1] https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/13-things-friday-13.html

[2]http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/09/130912-friday-13th-thirteenth-superstitions-phobias-nation-culture/