It's Friday the 13th: to Celebrate, here's 13 FMLs, Superstitions... and Black Cats!

Why does Friday the 13th inspire so much superstition in so many people, while others don't even know what day it is? Why do we get caught up in believing nonsense? Leave black cats alone!

Don't be afraid…

Today, it's Friday the 13th so we thought we'd celebrate the non-eventful unproven myth around the luck factor (or lack of) with a smallish selection of FMLs and stories from around the world that induce fear into people. Poor them.

(Opening an umbrella inside is considered bad luck)

Weirdly, Friday the 13th has a lot of positive connotations and beliefs that the big lottery that day's draw will earn them millions, despite not having bought a ticket.

1 - I can't stand the rain

2 - The origins of the Friday the 13th myth

According to Wikipedia, the superstition surrounding the day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, "originating from the story of Jesus's last supper and crucifixion" during which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday. While there is evidence of both Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century

3 - Less superstition, mo' money

4 - Here are some of the Friday the 13th myths

  • If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, someone in your family will die.
  • If you come across a funeral procession, you'll be the next to die.
  • Don't go on a trip on Friday the 13th or something bad will happen. 
  • If you break a mirror on Friday the 13th, you're in for 7 years of bad luck. 
  • A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky all its life.
  • Ships that set sail on Friday the 13th will be unlucky.
  • If you walk under a ladder or come across a black cat, you will be unlucky.
  • If you spoil an episode of Riverdale, I will kill you.

All of this is obviously highly scientific, and ISO9001 verified.


4 - Black cats are our friends

5 - Why the hysteria around black cats?

If they all mesured 6 ft 2 and could shoot lazers out of their nostrils, being scared of them would be understandable. But that's not at all the real reason. In Europe, under Catholic domination, black cats were considered to be harbingers of the Devil. When you get up close and sniff cat pee, you could easily imagine that they're ALL harbingers of the Devil. The bad reputation black cats had crossed the Atlantic ocean, along with witch hunts, the most famous being the Salem witches. At the beginning of the 20th century, the black cat is represented alongside witches on their broomsticks in childrens' books. Poor kitties.


5 - Another weird myth: horoscopes

6 - How on earth did horoscopes become so popular?

We don't know. Just like black cats and Friday the 13th, they're superstitions, which have time and time again been disproven by simple tests. OK, they're fun to read in the back pages of a newspaper and on FML every Sunday (but our are knowingly silly), but they should in no way be taken seriously. And certain heads of state have used the services of these… people before making a decision that could have an impact on a whole country( looking at you, dead old François Mitterrand of France). 

(People who are into astrology often like shitty gifs)

7 - Is the horoscope for Friday the 13th even scarier? We don't know.

Thanks boss! See, horoscopes do ruin lives! The number 13 has a weird effect all around the world. In the US, a lot of skycrapers don't have a 13th floor, and the airlines often don't have a 13th row of seats.

(The seating arrangement in a Ryanair plane - no row 13)

8 - If you think you've got a sure fire way to make money, don't.

If you mix together Friday the 13th and horoscopes, some easily-influenced people thing that it's the perfect time to bet everything they've got, either at a Casino, on scratch-cards, hoping to get that big prize and change their lives for ever, or can think that the stars and dates have aligned to be the perfect day to proposition that cute neighbor down the hall. Don't do it people, it's not worth it. The statistics are against you, and you might get a slap in the face.

9 - Don't try to be rational!

10 - Believing in astrology, yet another reason to separate us from being at one with each other.

And not just putting people into boxes based on their date of birth. It can ruin relationships, work prospects (because, oddly enough, some bosses will hire you based on your star sign. I know, right?). So, if you have a job interview on Friday the 13th, there's probably a reason, an esoterical one. Open your Chakras real wide, be prepared to be surrounded by "healing crystals" and see loads of number 13s crossed out. 


11 - Be careful

12 - Superstitions take precedent over trust

Some people will take homeopathy (which has been proven to contain absolutely nothing) instead of actual medecine. Some idiots are even worse, not vaccinating their kids because they "saw a video on YouTube by a moron in a kitchen." But don't choose horoscopes over cancer risks.

13 - Friday the 13th is also of course a movie franchise

Everyone knows Jason Voorhees, the hockey mask-sporting killer. It's thanks to these movies that the Friday the 13th tradition has been kept alive. Associating a date to a horror movie is surefire way to make a particular day scarier than the others amongst people who have a tendency to freak out at the slightest thing. That's why next year, 2020, will be the scariest movie of them all.

(The subway today)

To make it simple, whether it's Friday the 13th or not, some of you will get your FML moment. Don't freak out, there's enough to go around.

Do you feel concerned by these superstitions? Don't hesitate to let us know in the comments below.

By Alan / Friday 13 October 2017 10:30 /
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