So it’s FRIDAY 13th November and we thought we should look at why this day has become synonymous with bad luck!
One theory is that on Friday 13th October in 1307 a mass arrest warrant was issued for the Knights Templar by King Philip IV. This was due to the perceived pandemic levels of corruption and depravity surrounding Grand Master Jaques de Molay and the Order. So that was at least an unlucky day if you were a Templar.
Another citation of Friday 13th is noted in Henry Sutherland Edwards 1869 Biography of Gioachino Rossini who died on Friday 13th. Friday and the number Thirteen both being regarded as unlucky in Italy.
The Stress Management Centre and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina estimates that 17 to 21 million people in the US are affected by a fear of this day. It’s also estimated that $800 to $900 million is lost in US business on Friday 13th. The scientific name for the fear of the number 13 is called Triskaidekaphobia.
In Finland a Governmental and non-governmental consortiums, lead by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Awareness promotes a National Accident Day always on Friday the 13th!
Friday 13th is also synonymous with the Film franchise of that name. The original Film (1980) was written by Victor Miller and was produced and directed by Sean S Cunningham. Neither of them returned to work on subsequent sequels. The films have grossed $465 million at the box-office world wide.
If you don’t know the story line it is roughly thus. Pamela Voorhees (Betsy Palmer) looses her son to a drowning accident in Crystal Lake. Pamela blames her sons death (Jason Voorhees) on two staff members who were supposed to be watching but instead had sneaked off to get ‘more familiar with each other’. Pamela Voorhees is determined that Camp Crystal Lake should not open ever again and murders teenagers who are perparing for the camp’s re opening. The Film ends with the final Camp councillor, Alice (Adrienne King) chopping of the head of Pamela Voorhees.
If your a fan of the franchise we have some delightfully well made and amusing collectable Weenicons stylised like Jason with the infamous hockey mask.