Friday, 13 January 2012

Friday the 13th - are you scared ?

I have no problem with Friday the 13th, but I know that many people are scared witless by this date, so here are a few things you may like to know (dont hide behind the sofa !)

Friday the 13th, a day so full of superstition about bad luck that many buildings throughout the world – except China where it is a lucky number – don't even have 13th floors. People who are afraid of the date are said to suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia (the irrational fear of Friday the 13th). 


 If you pass a funeral procession on Friday the 13th, you will die the next day.
(Not to be believed as me and my hubby both worked in the Funeral industry and we are still here, she says as she crosses fingers)
Friday and the 13th were both associated with capital punishment in old Britain. Friday was the day for public hangings, and there were 13 steps leading up to the noose (and 12 twists to a traditional hangman's noose).




If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, it results in the death of a family member.




Ships setting sail on Friday the 13th will encounter disaster


This has an interesting 'proof' in the fate of the HMS Friday. The British Government wanted to shoot down the superstitious belief among seamen for good, so commissioned the ship. David Emery of About.com says: "They laid her keel on a Friday, launched her on a Friday, selected her crew on a Friday and hired a man named Jim Friday to be her captain. To top it off, H.M.S. Friday embarked on her maiden voyage on a Friday, and was never seen or heard from again."



Starting a business on Friday will result in a disaster.


Fridays are also seen to be unlucky in the Bible: it was the day that Eve tempted Adam; the day of the Great Flood was a Friday; the Crucifixion took place on a Friday; God tongue-tied those who built the Tower of Babel on a Friday; and the Temple of Solomon was destroyed on a Friday, as well. Needless to say, devout Christians have little reason to consider the day just one among many.
If you were born on Friday the 13th, your entire life will be plagued by bad luck.
While I think most of us find this hard to believe, there are many instances of bad luck in anyone's life that some put down to their birth date.
Own up, who is now trying to find out what day they were born ?
 Consulting an astrologer on Friday the 13th is a very bad idea.
In astrology there are 12 signs of the zodiac as well as 12 months in a year, which might have given rise to this particular superstition. Thirteen was once considered a perfect number.
If you leave the calendar on Friday the 13th, a witch will kill you the next day.
The Norse goddess Frey (Friday) was turned into a witch during the post pagan religiosity. And legend has it that witches of the North used to gather in groups of 12, until one day Freya came down and gave them one of her cats, making the coven number 13. Some think the thirteenth member of the coven was actually the devil.
If you change your bed on Friday the 13th, you will have bad dreams all night.
Starting a trip on a Friday will bring misfortune.
The most famous example of unlucky 13 is the Apollo 13 mission. It was launched at 13.13 hours and was aborted on April 13. Just as with HMS Friday, it does make one wonder what possessed NASA to launch at that particular time or to make a point of thwarting the popular superstition – not because the date does cause bad luck, but because any disaster would strengthen the fear.


1. Cutting your nails on Friday the 13th brings you very bad luck.



If you are not convinced and still feel brave, hire yourself a copy of the original Friday the 13th film and watch it alone tonight..........


XX



 




3 comments:

  1. Brilliant Pen - another masterpiece x

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  2. Great post :) I don't think I'm bothered about Friday 13th it's just the films that are scary!! Love your blog changes, so pretty :)

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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