FRIDAY THE 13TH

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Calling all fellow superstitious folks. Ok, so we all know what day (and date) it is today. But do we really know the full story?

Well, let’s take a closer look.

 

ORIGINS

 

Although there is no evidence dating before the 19th century – Friday the 13th is an unlucky and evil day for thousands of people across the globe.

In the novel Da Vinci’s Code a connection is drawn between the slaughtering of the Knights Templar by the Church and Friday the 13th. Historically, the arrest of Jacques de Malay, the Grand Master of the Knights Templar, did occur on Friday, Oct. 13, 1307. The association between Friday the 13th and bad luck is thought to be a modern interpretation of the event.

In 1993, a study concluded in the British Medical Journal that there was a significant level of traffic-related incidences.

Friday 13th is unlucky for thousands of people. The risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident is increased by 52%. Staying at home is recommended, the report concluded.

 

MOVIES

Jason X (2001) and Friday the 13th (2009) are the most recent films based on this superstitious day. There are over 10 movies in the franchise. Which one have you seen?

 

PRECAUTIONS

Please note: The precautions listed below will vary from person-to-person. However, avoid going outside (and people) at all costs* SAVE YOURSELF!

 

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Friday the 13th can come in threes and no more than 3 in a year.

Finland has a National Accident Day on Friday the 13th – One that gets approved by the government.

Alfred Hitchcock was born Friday, 13 August 1899 – The master of suspense.

Other celebs: The Olsen Twins (June 13) and Fidel Castro (August 13)

 

 

Well, some critics might laugh this day away, some do believe in its origins and consequences.

 

So, will you be safe tonight?

 

Sources: IBT – International Business Times and Screenrant.com

 

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