Friday the 13th

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By Mia Rodriguez & Rebecca Arriola

Friday the 13th is considered one of the unluckiest days of the year, and it is almost here again. So do your best to avoid any broken mirrors while you learn more about this horrifying holiday.

Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th.  The number 13 has been considered unlucky for many centuries. The number 12 is historically considered the number of completeness.

Bad things that happened on Friday the 13th:

  • In 1976, New Yorker, Daz Baxter, was apparently so afraid of Friday the 13th that he decided the safest place to stay was his bed. Mr. Baxter was killed when the floor of his apartment collapsed that day.
  • In 2010, lightning struck a 13-year-old  boy on Friday 13th at 13:13. Serious bad luck for him.
  • During the early 1990’s, retired bus driver, Bob Renphrey, swore to stay in bed on this day after some serious bad luck. The man had crashed fours cars, and fallen into a river.

There are many horror films made about this famous day.

Film Director Producer(s)
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) John Carl Buechler Iain Paterson
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) Rob Hedden Randy Cheveldave
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) Adam Marcus Sean S. Cunningham
Jason X (2001) James Isaac Noel Cunningham

The most popular film made was Friday the 13th, a horror film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victoria Miller. The movie is a story of a group of teenagers who are murdered one by one by a mystery killer while attempting to re-open an abandoned campground. On Friday the 13th, 1958 at Camp Crystal Lake, two counselors named Barry and Claudette sneak away from a campfire and into a storage barn where they encounter the strange murderer. Decades later, a new camp counselor Annie Phillips asks for directions to the reopened Camp Crystal Lake and the story begins again.

Do you believe this day is unlucky? Are you frightened of getting bad luck? As you can see, Friday the 13th superstitions will live on.  So stay away from black cats, broken mirrors, and walking under ladders this time of the year!

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