10 Real Life Friday The 13th Stories To Keep You Awake All Night
Happy Rebecca Black Day everyone! Or should we be cautious because it’s the 13th?
For years, Friday the 13th has been seen as the unluckiest date in the calendar. Depending on who you talk to, this is because 13 is a bad number in the Bible (Judas was considered to be the 13th Apostle) and a lot of bad Biblical stuff happened on the final weekday (y’know, like that whole ‘Jesus dying’ thing).
The fear of Friday 13th even has a name - friggatriskaidekaphobia, which combines a fear of Fridays with the perception that number 13 is seriously unlucky.
But it’s just a date right? A little bit of universal chance to put a certain number on a certain day of the week every now and again. Nothing to the Friday the 13th fear?
Why not check out these creepy horror stories and decide for yourself.
The Uruguayan Rugby Team
On Friday October 13th, 1972, a plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby team crashed on a flight to Chile. It took two months for rescuers to find the 14 survivors of the flight, and in a grisly twist of fate it transpired that in order to survive, many of them had resorted to eating human flesh from some of 31 crew and passengers who perished in the crash.
Back in 1993, someone decided to investigate the bad run of Friday the 13th and checked out hospital rates on this day compared to the week earlier. Astonishingly, the results published in the British Medical Journal in 1993, concluded there was a 52% increase in hospitalisations form automobile accidents on Friday the 13th compared to other dates. Their advice? "Staying at home is recommended."
In Friday 13 August 2010, an unfortunate teenager found himself struck by lightning in Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival in England. Weirder still, the BBC reported he got hit just after lunchtime… at 13.13. Dun dun dun…
Even More Freak Weather
There have been a number of bizarre weather occurrences to fall on Friday the 13th throughout the years. Friday 13 January 1939 saw one of the worst bushfires in Australian history as over 4 million acres of land in Victoria was burnt. More recently, Buffalo, New York saw TWENTY FOUR inches of snowfall on Friday 13 October 2006, causing nearly half a million people to go without electricity.
Rap legend Tupac unfortunately passed away on Friday 13 September 1996, 6 days after being shot on the Las Vegas strip. Some prefer to believe that Tupac is still alive, producing albums in secret. We’d like to remind you that the last words he said, according to the cop sitting next to him, were, "Fuck you."
Wall Street Hates It
The big cheese monopoly looking men also have a big fear of Friday the 13th, after an event known as the Friday-the-13th mini-crash (bankers aren’t very inventive with nicknames, so call it Black Friday). Back on Friday 13 October, 1989, a failed takeover deal for United Airlines caused all manner of shenanigans. Many said it was the start of the 1990 recession. Whoops.
This Poor Bus Conductor Wasn’t A Fan Either
North Wales bus conductor Bob Renphrey once made the news on Friday 13 November 1987 after deciding to pack in the day altogether.
According to Bob, the date constantly played havoc with his life. On various Friday the 13ths he’d written off four cars, lost his job, fell into a river, crashed a motorcycle and walked through a plate glass door.
In an ironic twist, when Bob passed away in 1998, his wife Betty tried booking his funeral for Friday 13 March - but all the undertakers were busy that day. “Bob would have seen the funny side,” said Mrs Renphrey.
Stunts Gone Awry
With all these Friday the 13th shenanigans you’d expect most people would look to stay indoors on the terrifying date. Keep things simple. Not cause too much fuss. In fact, The world’s economy apparently loses about $900 million on the date because people are scared to work and travel on this date, at least that’s what Donald Dassey, founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute says.
But for one daredevil, Friday 13th was time to try to be invincible. As this old clipping of the New York Times from 1883 reveals, on Friday 13 November 1829, a daredevil by the name of Sam Patch attempted to jump from Niagara Falls. Sam had already successfully made the jump before on Oct. 17, 1829, but something went awry with his Friday the 13th leap, and he was never seen again…
Even Space Hates Us
Asteroid 99942 Apophis has caused many a scientist cause for concern over the last 10 years due to the belief it could hit the Earth on Friday 13 April 2029. A lot of NASA tinkering found out that the asteroid probably won’t collide with the planet, but instead come really close to Earth before looping round again for another driveby in 2036.
Weirdly, It’s All Good If You’re Taylor Swift…
Taylor Swift was born on 13 December 1989 (albeit a Wednesday), but turned 13 on Friday the 13th. Her first album went gold in 13 weeks, and her first #1 song had a 13 second intro.
And in an interview with our pals at MTV, every time Taylor’s won an award she has been sitting in either the 13th row, 13th seat, 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter.
Basically, we’d be really unlucky if the asteroid did any damage. Unlucky. Friday the 13th.
Alright for some! We'll just be hiding under this rock (with wifi) until Saturday...
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