Tuesday, May 11, 2010
If you ask someone what's so bad about Friday the 13th, the answer may be "because its, like, you know, Friday the 13th" or maybe "Because its bad luck". Sure. thanks. But why is it bad luck? "well because 13 is bad luck." why is 13 bad luck? "'Cause". Bingo. This is a pretty enigmatic bad luck day. Believe it or not Jason Vorhees is not the reason this superstition exists. Nor is it because it is incredibly rare, like a blue moon. It happens as rarely as any other number/day combo on the calendar. So where does it come from?
Well, a simple, unglamorous answer is 13 is considered an unlucky number on its own because 12, in numerology, is considered a complete number (months of the year, signs in the zodiac, numbers on a clock, number of apostles, tribes of Israel, etc. etc) and 13 unsettles that. and Friday is considered no bueno because in certain parts of the world, especially christian cultures, it is the day Jesus was crucified. So it is a particularly bad day when you combine the two.
But that's not so sexy. In my research there are dozens of theories as to why this is bad luck; Wikipedia can help you out here. However, for Nightmare Superstitions I am dedicating one section to Friday the 13th, and I am basing it on one of the oldest and more popular theories - The Knights Templar. As you may know this was a group of militant monks who collected and protected Christian antiquities, most notably, according to legend, the Holy Grail (i say it like i believe any of it. but it does lend itself to a creepy story). The tale is that the Knights had achieved great power and influence as Christianity spread during the Crusades. King Phillip of France, for his part, wanted to squash that influence and perhaps reap the benefits of raiding their coffers by arresting the Knights for a number of crimes. He did a sweep of the country, arresting anyone associated with the organization. And when did this happen? Well Friday the 13th, October 1307 of course! (by the way, the best year for the Haunted House industry is a year where Friday the 13th falls in October so you can capitalize on two creepy events in one month instead of just Halloween. Not a bad luck day for haunters at all).
Nightmare: Superstitions is going to bring back the monks in a bazaar sacrifice that you will have to experience to believe. Just one of 13 superstitions explored in our most twisted Haunted House yet - Nightmare: Superstitions.