Do you suffer from Friggatriskaidekaphobia?
Or fear of Friday the 13th as it’s more commonly known. I’m starting to think Joe Social and Asstastic do. Maybe it’s because today is Friday the 13th? Or perhaps it’s because TheFrenchConnection’s alias is Jason? And he had his 13th birthday on Friday the 13th.
And he owns a hockey mask and a rusty machete.
Well, all but the last line is true, which had me doing a little research this morning as to where this superstition originated and why. You’ll perhaps be surprised to know that there’s not that much about Friday the 13th that is genuinely scary, although this may be less relevant if you’re a woman according to Simo Näyhä, M.D., Ph.D.
In a study presented to the American Psychiatric Association in 2002, it was concluded that the increase in road traffic deaths on Friday the 13th was incidental in men, however in women an estimated 38% of traffic deaths were directly atrributable to it being Friday the 13th.
Other than that, there’s alot of confusion as to where it orginated and why. According to Wikipedia at least, there doesn’t seem to be any recording of the date as unlucky before the 19th century.
There was one other interesting little piece of information that I dug up though. Infamous murderers Charles Manson, Harold Shipman, Frederick West, Saddam Hussein, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Theodore Bundy, and Jack the Ripper each have 13 letters in their names.
As does TheFrenchConnection in his real name….
Now where did I put that hockey mask.
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