Anyway, enough of the wittering. As we all may or may not know, Friday the 13th isn't just a series of progressively dreadful horror films, but an amalgamation of two separate fears.
The number 13 is, as most people know, considered unlucky because there were 13 people at the last supper, the 13th guest being Judas. The extent of this superstition is so that there is an official term, triskaidekaphobia, which is certainly unlucky for any poor sod who has this phobia and has to spell it!
Friday is considered an unlucky day to do many things, including getting married, having a haircut, moving house or giving birth. This comes from the notion that many bad things happened on Fridays:
- Adam and Eve ate the apple
- Jesus was crucified
- In Muslim cultures, it was the day Adam was created
- In Britain, it was the day all hangings used to take place
So, the two together are quite a potent combination for bad things to occur. So much so that some people have a phobia of the day itself - paraskevidekatriaphobia. Phew!
So why am I telling you all this? Basically, because I want to conduct an experiment, to ultimately prove or disprove whether this superstition has any grounds.
I want everyone who has something unlucky happen to them today to tell us about it. Maybe you lost some money, or got fired, or got hit by a passing light aircraft. Whatever bad luck you had, big or small, I want to hear about it.
Conversely, and somewhat perversely, I'd also like to hear about any good luck you had. Perhaps you found some money, got hired, or escaped being hit by a light aircraft due to some freak weather condition. Again, whether it's finding a penny or winning the lottery, I want to hear about it.
It doesn't even have to be this Friday. Any tales, good or bad, of any Friday 13th, it's all good.
But the condition is, it has to happen on Friday 13th.