Happy Friday the Thirteenth!

Friday the 13th has always been a lucky day for us.  And the fear of this day is fairly new.  It can’t be dated any earlier than the 19th century.  But no one knows exactly how Friday the 13th grew to be a day with negative, superstitious connotations.  Theories of all kinds have developed.  Some connect to Norse mythology.  Others to early Christian teachings.  Even the Knights Templar have been blamed.  Those poor Knights Templar.  They get blamed for everything.

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But is it actual a dangerous day?  Here studies also vary.   A Dutch study found fewer accidents on Friday the 13th, while a British study found more.

All this conflict and confusion just adds to the mystery!

Nowadays the day is connected to horror movies and games.  Many online roll playing games games have made it undead day, including Dragonfable, AdventureQuest, MechQuest, AQWorlds and WarpForce.  It also been used to open to Saw ride at Thorn Park, release Black Sabbath’s first album, and is celebrated as Boston Lee Day in Boston.

But probably its biggest connection now is to a hockey mask, a camp called Crystal Lake, some strange doings in the woods, and a bloke named Jason.  “The Friday the 13th” series has spawned 12 movies.  Ten in the original series.  Freddy vs. Jason.  And the 2009 remake.  It also gave birth to a television series, comic books, games, action figures and more.

Some day in the future Friday the 13th may be primarily remembered for its connection to this series of films.  With the original superstition fading into the distance.


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