Hi everybody, I am Alex Roberts. It is a nice warm Friday morning here in the eastern United States. In not too much longer it will be just about time for lunch. As much as some of us here in the eastern United States may not like it, it seems as though some of us are likely to get some rain. If you stubbed your toe this morning or maybe you discovered that your girlfriend was sleeping with your bestfriend or maybe you even got fired, don’t worry you did nothing wrong. Just blame it on the day. It is Friday the 13th. Those of you who are familiar with my work should not be surprised to find me discussing Friday the 13th. One of the most important things of any culture is understanding the days that are significant to them. Sometimes along with those days that hold meaning and value to a group of people comes superstitions. So this particular article is dedicated to all of my readers who might be superstitious. Leave the black cat alone it’s not going to hurt you, don’t spill any salt, and lets not worry about that stopped clock on the wall. Instead I would like to invite you all to sit down with me for this very special Friday the 13th presentation as I discuss the history of Friday the 13th and how it became this horrible day that so many people seem to fear.
I don’t know too many people who have never heard of the name Jason Voorhees from the horror film franchise Friday the 13th. For those of you who haven’t Jason Voorhees is one of the horror genre’s most well known icons. He got his start in the second Friday the 13th film where he would go on to kill countless camp counselors over the years at Camp Crystal Lake. As many people as there are that might like to credit Jason Voorhees for Friday the 13th getting its reputation for a day of bad luck and misfortune I’m afraid that isn’t the case at all. In fact if Jason has anything to do with the way people feel about Friday the 13th he is only guilty of hyping up this day in the modern world of Cinema. The true origins go back further than Jason Voorhees and his mother Mrs. Voorhees.
If you are an agnostic who does not believe in Jesus Christ or God then you may want to stop here and find something else to read, because in order to reach the origins of this day receiving its bad reputation we have to go back to the Bible. There are many Christians who believe that the day before Jesus Christ was crucified on a Friday, thirteen people attended the last supper. According to History.com this is where Christians have gotten the idea that it is bad luck to have thirteen guests at a table. This belief gets scarier and more morbid. It is even believed that if you have thirteen guests at a table that whoever gets up first will be the first to die.
Now we will have a look at some bad things that took place on Friday the 13th over the years. There was once a well known King in history named King Philip IV. King Philip was not a huge fan of the Knights Templar. In October of 1307 on, you guessed it, Friday the 13th, the King of France arrested hundreds of the members of the Knights Templar. These members of the Knights Templar were officially arrested on charges of various illegal behaviors, but the truth is the King was a jealous man who wanted to know the source of their great wealth. Many of those who found themselves arrested upon the order of King Philip IV were later executed. While many may try to cite that it was this event that started the superstitious fear with Friday the 13th like any other legend the truth shall remain unknown for certain.
Over the centuries a large number of unfortunate events have taken place on Friday the 13th including the German Bombing of Buckingham Palace in September of 1940, the infamous murder of Kitty Genovese that took place in Queens, New York occurred on Friday the 13th in March of 1964, on the Friday the 13th that took place in November of 1970, a cyclone that killed more than 300,000 people took place in Bangladesh, Tupac Shakur died on a Friday the 13th in September 1996.
In the world of literature the first time that Friday the 13th was actually labeled a day of bad luck was the 1907 novel Friday the 13th written by Thomas William Lawson. No it is not a novel about Jason Voorhees people. The 1907 novel that was written by Lawson tells the story of a stock clerk who intends to bring down wall street on Friday the 13th.
The truth is that like any other superstition out there no one can really say where the reputation that has plagued Friday the 13th really came from. I am sure that some of you are thinking that you know someone or have heard of someone that something bad happened to because it was Friday the 13th. In fact I think we all know someone that something bad has happened to and maybe it really did happen on a Friday the 13th. However, anyone who wants to tell you that it happened because of Friday the 13th is simply telling you what is known as an urban legend. There is no real scientific proof that what occurred to your friend, or your friend of a friend, had anything to do with Friday the 13th and couldn’t have happen on any other day of the year. Just like any other day, Friday the 13th is exactly what you make of it.
I hope that all of you have enjoyed this special Friday the 13th article and enjoy the rest of your Friday. Uh oh, I just accidentally spilled some salt.