Happy Friday the 13th


Today is Friday the 13th, and considering the fact there are still lots of people out there who seem to think a number can be unlucky, I thought it would be fun to try and discover the story behind this superstition (you know, to seem all smart and shit). While there are lots of theories as to its origins, the truth is no one knows exactly why it persists. I suppose it may not even really matter; so long as people are told that they have something to fear, typically they will respond in kind. Statistically, fear of this day actually causes people to act more cautiously, and car accidents have been reported in many countries as actually being lower than most other Fridays of the year.

2009 was a bit unique, as it has three Friday the 13th’s (that’s the most you can have in a given year). The next year when this occurs is 2012. You know how disdainful I am of the crackpot theory that the earth is supposed to end on Dec 21, 2012, and I have to wonder if any of these idiots will try to make a correlation between all those “Black Fridays” and the stupid belief that an invisible planet will collide with Earth. Here’s hoping I didn’t give them another talking point!

I say spend the time walking under ladders, breaking mirrors, and stepping on every crack in the sidewalk.

Comments (12)

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    Zombie Jesus

    From what I’ve heard, 13 as an unlucky number is a Christian concept. This was the number of people at the infamous last supper. 12 disciples + 1 Jesus = bad luck for everyone! Jesus was also allegedly crucified on a Friday. I’m not sure if this is the actual origin or just a coincidence that seems to make sense as the beginnings of a superstition.

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    Mark

    Zombie.. LOL. That is hilarious. Thanks for the laugh today, my friend

  • avatar

    beargeist

    I heard it had something to do with the templars being raided by the catholic church on a friday the 13th.

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    Charlie

    The world isn’t going to end on Dec 12, 2012…it’s Dec 21, 2012. I’m stocked up. :-)

  • avatar

    chocobar

    Dec 12 is the prequel to the end

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    Zac

    //Zombie.. LOL. That is hilarious. Thanks for the laugh today, my friend//

    Jesus is a Zombie by definition. I mean, all that qualifies someone as a Zombie is rising from the dead, and according to the stories told in the Bible, that’s what your Jesus figure did.

    So, technically, Ozzy Osbourne is a zombie; being as how he stopped breathing after his ATV accident in 2003 and was brought back by one of his security staff.

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    Mark

    Hi Zac. Are you human? I think you are. Hence you and I are both creatures made by the Creator. Hence Jesus is YOUR “figure” too. :)

    “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”

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    Zac

    No, I’m an Orc, so you are once again mistaken.

    Also, I don’t see any historical evidence of the existence of Jesus, as there is none unless you count that book that has been translated and re-translated from one dead language to the next by a church that wouldn’t even allow its members to read from it until the late 1500s; therefore, he is not my figure.

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    CybrgnX

    “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
    AND…..
    “A man can no more exalt God’s glory by any amount of worship nor any number of lunatics can by banging their heads to the ground”

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    no2religion

    My favorite day of the year: Friday the 13th
    My favorite number: 13

  • avatar

    Thiga

    @ mark

    Are you really this fuckin delusional or are just messin with us?

    “Hi Zac. Are you human? I think you are. Hence you and I are both creatures made by the Creator. Hence Jesus is YOUR “figure” too. ”
    Thats your quote…… Do you really live your life ignoring science and more importantly ingnoring evolution? Why is it when science doesnt bring you an answer you reach out to god instead of ” we just dont know yet”?

    How do you make that leap from currently unexplained, to mystical genocidal sadist? Cause thats what the bible is. But how do you make that leap to completly illogical?

    In the face of all we have learned in just the past 100 years why do you hold on to bronze aged myths? During the witch burnings, it was ok according to the bible, to burn heritics, so they did. It was ok to keep slaves,so they did. It took a violent war for us not even 2 generations ago to get rid of slavery. Nowadays we would be appauled by such an idea, our morality dictates it is wrong. We would never treat anyone as farm machinary. But the bible says we can. We can and we should, jsut as long as we dont beat our slaves so bad as to injure their eyes or teeth. So how can the bible be a guide for morality when its one of the most disgustingly offensive books ever written?

    Our society has learned, and crawled out from the umbrella of religion and we are now better for it.

    It will continue to crawl, under the umbrella of reason and logic, and science. Every day you will see your world getting more and more pathetic, because its a fabrication. You have no facts, no evidence and as such its something the world cant get rid of fast enough.

    Is the bible the written word of god and therfore to be followed or suffer an eternity of torment or isnt it?

    The bible doesnt allow for interpetation,nowhere does god say, ” Ya i know i wrote that but i was jsut fuckin around, i didnt think you all would really stone your kids….what the fuck is wrong with you?” Either it is the written word of god or it isnt. If it is then you agree with stoning your children if they are disobedient, if you dont agree then your going to hell.

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    Charlie

    just saw this really weird note on UniWatch (http://www.uniwatchblog.com/)

    “Louisville Trinity High, a Catholic school in Kentucky that normally wears green and white, celebrated Friday the 13th and the school’s 666th game with blackout uniforms.”

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