When we went to Myrtle Beach this summer, and stepped into the resort’s elevator, my son accidentally leaned against the numbers that you push for the floor you want to go to. So, it took us a while to get to our floor. On our way up, Adam noticed that there wasn’t a 13th floor in our resort. So, we discussed how that superstition was a bit weird. We thought, that perhaps, our people are beyond that kind of thinking nowadays. So, I have been reading. And boy am I wrong. People were, are, and will always be superstitious.
There are several origin stories for how Friday the 13th superstition began. There is a biblical reference to the unlucky number 13. Judas, the apostle said to have betrayed Jesus, was the 13th guest to the Last Supper. in Norse mythology, (and this sounds like I am getting ready to tell a joke) 12 gods are having a dinner party at Valhalla, Norse mythology’s heaven. In walked the uninvited 13th guest, the mischievous god Loki. Once there, Loki arranged for Hoder, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Balder the Beautiful, the god of joy and gladness, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. Balder died, and the whole Earth got dark. The whole Earth was saddened. Not a good day. What the hell, Hoder. If Loki told you to jump off a bridge, would you? (Yikes, one of my mom’s sayings..)
For all of you who suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia, a fear of Friday the 13th., this is the only Friday the 13th in 2010. In 2009, there were three. It is estimated that about $800 million dollars are lost on this day because some people are afraid to fly, buy a car, or even go out to dinner. A great stock tip may be overlooked on this day. There are even some who are so paralyzed by fear of Friday the 13th, that they call off work and stay in their homes. (I bet those types don’t even take a shower for fear of slipping and hitting their head and the bathtub has a slow drain and they lie in the tub, unconscious, facedown and drown. I mean, who wants to be found naked in the bathtub? If they survive bathtime, they won’t go out to eat, for fear of choking, or getting food poisoning. I know a couple of places that you really shouldn’t eat at anywho, let alone on Friday the 13th.
This is not a US phobia. In Florence, Italy, houses are numbered, 11, 12, 12 1/2, 14. I wouldn’t buy the 12 1/2 house. Heck, I can count. I’m not that stupid.
I don’t think it is so bad. Think of a baker’s dozen. 13…. Are you going to turn away 13 items for the price of 12?? Huh?? According to CNN.com, one British couple bought their winning ticket on Friday 13 shortly after a mirror at their home fell off the living room wall and smashed. The lucky couple won $17 million. I think the lottery commission should have pocketed some of the money and said the jackpot was $13 million, just to freak people out.
But, as a teacher, I do have believe in the craziness connected to a full moon. I will have to save that blog for another day, but trust me, teachers know when there is a full moon. A full moon AND Friday the 13th? Should be a day off for teachers… Seriously. The combination of full moon and Friday the 13th is rare, the last one happening in 2000.
Luckily, school will be out on Friday, June 13, 2014. That is when the next toxic combination occurs.
Now, I may stay in the house that day. I will make sure my bathtub doesn’t have a slow drain.