It’s Friday the 13th! For some people it’s a time to pull the covers over your head and pray a satellite doesn’t fall on your house. For others, it’s a day of adventure and maybe even luck.
Triskaidekaphobia is a fear of the number 13. There is controversy about how 13 became unlucky. Some relate it to the Biblical “Last Supper” where Judas, the betrayer of Jesus, was the 13th man at the table, though anyone could have taken that number. However, there is evidence that it has roots outside of Christianity. Norse mythology has a number of traditions that discourage 13. Some count Loki (a true troublemaker) as the 13th god. In another tale, Norna-Gest, the uninvited norns show up at his birthday celebration, increasing the number of guests from 10 to 13. They curse a babe and bad things happen.
Whatever the reason, 13 holds some power over some people. For us at F. N. Weird Entertainment 13 is a magical number. We love the weird and any excuse to celebrate it is fine with us.
The Austin Horror Society is celebrating Friday the 13th with a special viewing of Friday the 13th, part 3 in 3D! Our own Saul Ravencraft will be on hand to tell fortunes and spread a little weirdness.
How will you celebrate today?