MF5 – Weird Superstitions (Friday the 13th Edition)

Happy Friday the 13th! It is so cool to have a Friday the 13th during October, it makes it even more creepy and magical…at least in my option. Heck, flip 13 upside down and it’s 31…Halloween is on the 31st…CREEPY!!

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Did you know the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia? Or that the fear of the number 13 is called Triskaidekaphobia? The origins of the superstition surrounding Friday the 13th are varied. Some believe it has to do with Jesus’s last supper and the 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday. Some point to the 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13th. The book states “He [Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday 13th of November he passed away.” Another suggested and popular origin of the superstition—Friday, 13 October 1307, the date Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar—may not have been formulated until the 20th century and has little to do with the true origins of the date.

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Either way Friday the 13th has grown to be a very popular date with those that are superstitious, those that like the macabre, and for those that love horror movies with the birth of Jason Voorhees in 1980. I for one fall into all three of these categories.

To celebrate this magical and terrifying date, I bring to you…

5 Weird Superstitions

1. Chewing Gum At Night

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In Turkey and Hungary, it is considered bad luck to chew gum at night during a special occasion, such as a big date or holiday, because, according to the superstition, chewing gum meant that you would actually be chewing on human flesh.

Does this mean the gum magically turns into flesh or is it flesh all along? Is it human flesh or another kind of flesh? So many questions with this one. Now imagine that Hubba Bubba ad from the 80s with human flesh…ewwww!

2. A Murder of Crows

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It is believed that the number of crows in a murder (what a group of crows is called), equals the fate of the person that counts them. There was once a phrase that stated…

“One’s Bad, Two’s Luck, Three’s Health, Four’s Wealth, Five’s Sickness, and Six’s Death”

3. The Haunted Mansion Is Trying To Kill Me

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It is an old superstition that if you see your reflection in the window of a hearse, you will the next one to die and ride in its back.

Do you know how hard it is to NOT see your reflection in the windows of the hearse outside of the Haunted Mansion?!? I’m so dead!!

4. Don’t Look Back

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A corpse should leave any home or building feet-first, or else the corpse would be looking back at the building and calling for someone within to follow him in death.

Good to know.

5. Cows Are Evil!!

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If a cow moos after midnight, it is an evil omen.

I always knew cows were the harbingers of EVIL!!

Happy Friday the 13th Folks!!

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