Archives for June 2014

Freaky Friday – America’s Obsession with Friday the 13th

obsessed with Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th.  It’s lucky, it’s unlucky, it’s purely superstition (it’s tomorrow, by the way).  It seems like pop culture has been trying to figure out whether to hide in our houses or throw down on a stack of lottery tickets for literally decades.  From Jason Voorhees, to the lore surrounding “lucky 13” ink, we’re totally obsessed with this creeptastic pseudo-holiday.

 the number 13 stigma

So why is the number 13 such a big deal?  In modern times it’s attached to classic American superstition, gambling luck, and various factions of pure math and the dreaded number theory.  13 is a prime number, a Bell number, a Fibonacci number (look into these if you want to see some amazing mathematics).  But the idea of thirteen being evil or unlucky can be traced back to the illuminati, or even to biblical times.  (The number of persons present at the last supper before the crucifixion was 13: Christ, plus his twelve disciples.)

 Keep Calm on Friday the 13th

And is Friday the 13th a good or bad day to get pierced, tattooed, branded, etc?  Why not a good day?!  For many of us the number 13 is attached to good luck.  And that would be especially cool if you were getting a “lucky 13” tattoo.  I don’t know about you guys, but I’m definitely gonna have some fun tomorrow, instead of buying into all the gloom and doom superstitions.  So happy Friday the 13th everybody!  I hope you enjoy yours like I plan to enjoy mine.