Be careful today! The unluckiest day of all, as far as superstition goes, is Friday the 13th. Whether you believe in this kind of thing or not, you can’t argue that the day has quite a reputation.
Here are some fun facts about things you should and shouldn’t do on this ‘unlucky’ day.
Heavy Metal Beginnings
One of the earliest heavy metal albums is Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut, which was released on Friday, February 13, 1970. The album’s dark lyrics, heavy sound, and gothic-inspired liner art made it an immediate hit with people who were looking for something darker and meaner than the 1960’s had to offer.
Hip hop fans remember Friday the 13th as being the last day of Tupac Shakur’s life. The acclaimed writer was killed in an attack that has remained unsolved to this day, though fans of the artist have no shortage of theories as to who wanted him gone. Many Tupac fans who weren’t superstitious began to view Friday the 13th as a day of bad luck after his murder.
The hit film series Friday the 13th centers on the serial killer Mike Meyers (no relation to the famous funnyman) as he stalks promiscuous teenagers and cuts them down. The series has had its ups and downs, though its title may have contributed greatly to knowledge of the superstition surrounding the date.
The word for fear of Friday the 13th (the date, not the film series) is paraskavedekatriaphobia. It sounds completely made up, but we promise you that it’s real. Fear of common superstitions is regarded by some as being foolish and outdated, while those who avoid ladders and try not to break mirrors find their actions completely rational.
The 13 Club
Captain William Fowler founded the 13 Club in 1882 as a response to what he saw as rampant superstition. The group, which is still operational, holds dinner parties on Friday the 13th, insisting on having black cats, ladders, and mirrors about as they do so.
They often eat thirteen courses, light the room with thirteen candles and invite thirteen people to the event.