Friday, June 13, 2014

Today is the 13th and Jason will be grinning in his goalie mask by the light of a full moon.

And did you know? It's such a rare occurrence on the calendar, and so creepy.... that it hasn't been seen in 14 years — and will not be seen again until 2049.

In New York, the honey moon — as astronomers call it — will be unveiled at exactly 12:11 a.m. Friday, right around the time the werewolves start stirring. It will usher in a day on which some superstitious folks will be thinking twice about walking under ladders, stepping on sidewalk cracks or crossing paths with black cats.

The last time the moon was full on a Friday the 13th was Oct. 13, 2000! Wow, that's pretty amazing! (And a bit romantic too, if I must say so myself) So do make sure that you get a peek at the full moon tonight!

Wonder why you're so spooked by Friday the 13th?

LEGEND HAS IT: If 13 people sit down to dinner together, one will die within the year. The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894). Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue. Many buildings don't have a 13th floor. If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names). There are 13 witches in a coven.

Though no one can say for sure when and why human beings first associated the number 13 with misfortune, the superstition is assumed to be quite old, and there exist any number of theories — many of which deserve to be treated with a healthy skepticism, please note — purporting to trace its origins to antiquity and beyond.

It has been proposed, for example, that fears surrounding the number 13 are as ancient as the act of counting. Primitive man had only his 10 fingers and two feet to represent units, this explanation goes, so he could count no higher than 12. What lay beyond that — 13 — was an impenetrable mystery to our prehistoric forebears, hence an object of superstition.

Have a Frightful Friday The 13th!