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Happy Friday the 13th
Like the character in the old radio show- The Shadow, just mentioning Friday the 13th strikes fear in the hearts of men. So, where did the fear of Friday the 13th come from? Like so many other superstitions it has a past riddled with theories.
One of the possibilities comes from Norse Mythology, the fear of Friday the Thirteenth is called, friggatriskaidekaphobia, try saying that five times fast, wait- just try and say it once! While triskaidekaphobia, means fear of the number thirteen. (Try and say it, you know you want to).
Friday is named for Frigga, a Norse Goddess- and that's where the trouble started. The Norse tribes started converting to Christianity and in doing so turned their backs on their gods.Wanting to go big, they didn't simply ignore their gods, no- that wasn't good enough. They cast Frigga out saying she was a witch and sent her to a mountaintop. Not liking the idea of being cast out, nothing like a woman scorned, she plotted her revenge. Of course, why would she keep all the fun to herself when she could invite friends? Making it a party, Frigga and eleven other witches, and the devil, met on Friday. Thus a gathering of thirteen. The thirteen of them conspired against the Norse people planning an ill fated week. At least they saved it for the week, no point in ruining a good weekend. For centuries the Scandinavian people refereed to Friday the Thirteenth as the Witches' Sabbath.
Thou art mad now, Loki, and reft of mind,-
Why, Loki, leav'st thou not off?
Frigg, methinks, is wise in all fates,
Though herself say them not!
The Prose Edda --- Snorri Sturluson
The greatest addition to Friday the 13th, is Friday the 13th! The franchise created a whole new reason to fear the weekend, the number, camping, being a teenager (as if that wasn't enough), mothers, and well... being anywhere near water.
Friday the 13th (1980)
Jason: [in flashback] Help me! Help! Help, Mommy! Help! Help, Mommy! Mommy, help!
Mrs. Voorhees: I am, Jason. I am.
Not so fun fact-
If you have 13 letters in your name you will have the devils luck. Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names.
After you're finished counting the letters of your name (I'm clear) enjoy your day!