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Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday the 13th

June 13,2008- Friday the 13th

What's with this day?This day is always said to be an unlucky one.Apparently,this is one of the world's most popular superstition.

Wondering, i thought of finding why..and the following are the one's that I found.


There is a biblical origin as to why Fridays are said to be unlucky.

Here are some of the biblical events that happened on a Friday- the Crucifixion, Eve's offering the apple to Adam in the garden of Eve, the beginning of the great flood and the confusion at the Tower of Babel.

Superstitions associated on a Friday

- A voyage begun on a Friday is sure to be an unfortunate one.

- Never set out a journey on a Friday.

- A child born on a Friday is doomed to misfortune.

- Couple married on a Friday are doomed to a cat-and-dog life.

- Don't move on a Friday or you won't stay there very long.

- Workers who start on a Friday never get to stay.


The origin is also said to have been taken biblically- During the Last Supper, Judas is said to be the 13th guest to sit on the table.

Thus, the belief- '13 at the table is unlucky' is rooted from this event; the one who left the table first , Judas, died at his own hand soon afterwards.


If that's the case, we are guilty of labeling Friday the 13th "the unluckiest day of all," a designation perhaps better reserved for, say, a Friday the 13th on which one breaks a mirror, walks under a ladder, spills the salt, and spies a black cat crossing one's path — a day, if there ever was one, best spent in the safety of one's own home with doors locked, shutters closed and fingers crossed.

I also chanced upon this story-believed to be the origin of Friday the 13th too..

On October 13, 1307, a day so infamous that Friday the 13th would become a synonym for ill fortune, officers of King Philip IV of France carried out mass arrests in a well-coordinated dawn raid that left several thousand Templars — knights, sergeants, priests, and serving brethren — in chains, charged with heresy, blasphemy, various obscenities, and homosexual practices. None of these charges was ever proven, even in France — and the Order was found innocent elsewhere — but in the seven years following the arrests, hundreds of Templars suffered excruciating tortures intended to force "confessions," and more than a hundred died under torture or were executed by burning at the stake.

However, on my further readings, one article said that there is no truth to this story and that this has not taken place.


Paraskevidekatriaphobics — people afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th — must be pricking up their ears just now, buoyed by seeming evidence that their terror may not be so irrational after all. But it's unwise to take solace in a single scientific study, especially one so peculiar. I suspect these statistics have more to teach us about human psychology than the ill-fatedness of any particular date on the calendar.

I read about this article dated April 13 (Friday), 2007- Sonia Roco was trapped on an elevator on this day. Interestingly, she ranks 13th on the latest Pulse Asia voter preference survey on the senatorial race that year.

I also remember that the STRATA buildings in Ortigas and the STRATA Suites in San Juan are the only buildings I know to have 13th floor. Onemig Bondoc, former celebrity, even accounted his eerie elevator experience in the Strata 100 building when he was trapped inside for an hour only to find out later that the elevator never malfunctioned that moment. Ummm..scary huh..

As for me,Fridays and 13 aren't unlucky. I look forward to Fridays as this marks the start of the weekends- for I will have more time to spend with my family, friends, leisure and relaxation. As we would always say- TGIF! Have a great weekend everyone!

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