Well, having arrived at Pen and Paper you'll either be disappointed/pleased/not bothered either way (delete as applicable) to discover that this is a post about Friday the 13th the day and not Friday the 13th the movie.
Are you a Paraskevidekatriaphobics? A what? I hear you ask. A Paraskevidekatriaphobics ....... otherwise known as a person afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th. OR do you suffer from Friggatriskaidekaphobia, a fear of Friday the 13th?
If so you probably won't be too surprised to know that here in the UK the British Medical Journal published a study in 1993 which, over several years, compared the ratio of traffic volume to the number of automobile accidents on two different days, Friday the 6th and Friday the 13th.
Incredibly, they found that in the region sampled, while consistently fewer people chose to drive their cars on Friday the 13th, the number of hospital admissions due to vehicular accidents was significantly higher than on "normal" Fridays.
Not so much a post about a character based in folk lore as a post on a whole day seeped in folk lore, mythology and superstition. Yes, as if the heading wasn't clue enough, today's post is all about (cue scary music) ........
Either way Friday the 13th has long been considered a day of ill omen, oh and just to worry you more there are not just one, not just two BUT three Friday the 13th's this year - one of which occurred in January, today, and the last one, in July. AND scarier still ....... did you know the last Friday the 13th was 13 weeks ago and the next is in 13 weeks? Still, at least those of you born on Friday the 13th can relax as today is said to be your lucky day.
- The fact that the earliest documented reference to Friday the 13th in English occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards' 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini.
- THIS 'NOVEL' QUIZ which tests your knowledge of the fiendish in fiction. (I didn't do very well, scoring only 6 out of, well, what else but 13).