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Why Does Friday the 13th Scare Us So Much?


Society & Culture  (tags: Friday the 13th, society, culture, religion, humans, fear, world, interesting )

Carrie
- 470 days ago - news.nationalgeographic.com
It's Friday the 13th, and millions of people are on edge, fearing a calamity with personal or global repercussions-a broken leg, a stock market crash, or the trigger pulled for World War III.



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Elizabeth M. (68)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 2:05 pm
Yup! It has been ingrained in the Western culture. Myself I don't believe in it.
Thanks Carrie .......now don't let a black cat cross your path LOL
 

Roger Skinner (14)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 4:06 pm
People are scared by this? Maybe the ignorant and superstitious. Anyone with an iota of sense knows it is just another day.
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 4:23 pm

There really was not much ado about Friday the 13th until the King of France rounded up the Templar's and killed many of them. (Friday October 13, 1307). Before that few even knew what day it was, the church let people know it was time for sabbath, the priests and rabbis were often the most educated. Though almanacs were a guide for farmers, few had a calendar. They did follow the cycles of the moon. Now it's carried to a bizarre extreme, the fear of 13, some hotels will not even mark the 13 th floor on the elevator.
 

Diane K. (132)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 4:43 pm
Superstitious people must hate Friday the 13th. Doesn't do much for me. thx Carrie
 

Carrie B. (318)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 4:45 pm
Most reasonable people know that Friday the 13th is just another day.
 

Christeen Anderson (554)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 5:09 pm
Be not afraid-it's just another day.
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 5:11 pm
Thanks.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 6:19 pm
Love to laugh at all these crazy superstitions. Friday the 13th has Always been a lucky day for me...of course, most of my cats have been black beauties - there was a pure white one in there somewhere, too.
 

Jason S. (57)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 6:27 pm
Because it all in head and it not real. Good posting, thanks
 

Birgit W. (152)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 7:23 pm
Friday the 13th is just another ordinary day. Thank you.
 

Laurie H. (731)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 7:29 pm
I'm just sending everyone "Good Luck" wishes & much happiness for tomorrow & the entire year through!!!~ Thanks Carrie!~
 

Cathe Franklin-Romano (52)
Friday September 13, 2013, 3:39 am
Friday the 13th has always been my husbands favorite day, So much so that he actually proposed on Friday the 13th. Oddly enough the following day was Valentine's Day!
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday September 13, 2013, 4:15 am
Because we are stupid?
 

Past Member (0)
Friday September 13, 2013, 9:05 am
If you've ever seen one of the Friday 13th movies, you'd know it's bad. : 0
 

Robert B. (58)
Friday September 13, 2013, 9:09 am
Just another day in paradise.
 

Lona Goudswaard (78)
Friday September 13, 2013, 12:35 pm
It must be a cultural thing and a learned fear, because here in Western Europe nobody gives a hoot. Perhaps a joke here and there and a rerun of an old Friday the thirteenth film, imported of course ;-)
 

. (0)
Friday September 13, 2013, 12:39 pm
Very informative, Carrie. Thanks for sharing.
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Friday September 13, 2013, 1:43 pm
Friday the 13th came from when the Catholic Church assassinated the Templars
under secret orders conspired by the then Pope in Rome and the King of France.
The dastardly deed was carried out on Friday October 13, 1307. The Templars were gaining too much power.
_____

From Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/luck/friday13.asp
The other being the more common one. Judas Iscaroit was the 13th guest to sit
at the table. Judas later betrayed Jesus, which leading to his crucifixion, and then
took his own life.

Snopes makes for some interesting reading.

Ty, Kit.
.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Friday September 13, 2013, 1:52 pm
In Japan it is the number 4, because the Japanese word for 4 sounds like the Japanese word for death. So, for instance, four chairs in a barber shop are numbered 1, 2, 3, 5. Kit, I think both Friday and 13 were superstitions before the Templars, although the massacre no doubt contributed to the "double whammy." I can certainly pile on excuses. 12 was divisible by almost everything but 13 by nothing, so thus unlucky (that goes back to the Babylonians, whose number system used base 12.) 13 was the number of people in a coven. Also the number of men at the last supper, giving rise to the superstition that if there were 13 at table, the first to leave would die (as Judas did.) Friday was the day of the week when Jesus was crucified (although you can go multiple directions from that). But for every 13 that is unlucky, Americans at least can counter with a positive: 13 colonies. 13 original states. 13 stripes in our flag. 13 stars in the first flag. On the back of a dollar bill, 13 arroes in one of the eagle's claws, and in the other a branch with 13 leaves and 13 olives. Not that those are independent coincidences!
 

Kayleigh Harter (9)
Friday September 13, 2013, 2:03 pm
Interesting. I've heard weird Friday the 13th superstitions all my life, but never knew the reasons behind them. Thanks!
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday September 13, 2013, 4:15 pm
My mom actually has good luck on the Friday the 13th. As for me, I'm not particularly superstitious so it's just another day. Thanks Carrie.
 

Barb Knight (1684)
Friday September 13, 2013, 5:07 pm
Superstitions are silly. The only people who believe in Friday the 13th as being bad luck are Freddy Kruger Fans! LOL I actually had a very lucky Friday the 13th! Thanks Carrie!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Saturday September 14, 2013, 9:02 am
In honor of the 13 colonies, the dollar bill should be considered a very unluck piece of paper. This number appears on The Great Seal of the US;the eagle holds 13 arrows, and also holds the laurel of peace with 13 leaves. The Star of David is composed of 13 stars as well.
 
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