It’s Friday the 13th and we all know what that means — tripping over your shoelaces, knocking over your glasses, and waking up after your alarm are just a few of the horrors alleged to happen on this infamously bad luck ridden day.
In today’s world, what better way to deal with any negative situation than with a funny meme? Many superstitious remedies have been devised to counteract the potential bad luck associated with Friday the 13th. To ward off evil spirits, people have used salt, a lucky rabbit’s foot, and blessed crystals.
In reality, you can’t tell what works and what doesn’t. You should probably focus on the power of your mind, since positive thinking can make a big difference. The number 13 has long been a source of fear for humans. We have built office buildings with 12th and 14th floors but no 13th, and Winston Churchill, regarded by many as one of the most rational and pragmatic historical figures, refused to sit in the 13th row. Airlines like Continental, Air France, and Ryanair do not have a 13th row. We both fear and respect the number 13 – but today we’re going to make fun of Triskaidekaphobia by introducing you to some Friday The 13th memes. Let’s try to demystify Friday the 13th first.
We must first consider the number 12 as the perfect number. The Sumerians developed a numeral system based on the number 12 that we still use today. Calendars have 12 months; a day is divided into two sets of 12. The number 12 is whole, complete, and perfectly divisible. What makes 13 so sinister? Could it be that 12 is so ideal that we find something inherently wrong with 13? Theology students will tell you that there were 13 disciples at the last supper, and the 13th person to take his seat was probably Jesus, although some say backstabbing Judas took the seat. A sticky end awaited the person who took the last 13th seat.
After the crucifixion, Matthew says Judas committed suicide, but early Christian leader Papias says Judas walked around the world as a sad example of impiety due to his body swelling to such a degree that he would not be able to pass where a chariot could easily pass. Judas could have grown to a size 13. In addition to the Last Supper taking place on the 13th of the month, the crucifixion also took place on the 13th. Knights Templars, protectors of the Holy Grail, the cup Jesus drank from at that ominous shindig, were all slaughtered by Pope Clement on, yes, Friday the 13th.
If you are unfortunate enough to be sentenced to hang for a crime, 13 is an unlucky number as well. The gallows had thirteen long steps and only one short cut down. Covens of witches have 13 members, and if your name contains thirteen letters, you are cursed to damnation. There are 13 letters in the birth names of Jack the Ripper, Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, and Hitler. It is not just on planet Earth that the number 13 is considered unlucky.
In 1970, Apollo 13, the seventh manned mission in the Apollo Space program, was launched from the Kennedy Space Center but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded, and the astronauts were lucky to survive. 13 is the unluckiest number in space as well. Tarot card 13 represents death. The Death card in the tarot doesn’t necessarily mean you will die immediately. When you draw the death card on the 13th day of the month, and see a black cat crossing your path, and the moon is full, and if you are superstitious, you may have an unlucky day.
Friday has a checkered history in biblical terms. On a lazy Friday afternoon, Jesus was crucified and Eve tempted Adam. On a Friday, Cain slew Abel and the great floods began. Historically, Friday hasn’t fared well either. In Rome, citizens were executed on a Friday, and in Britain, people were hung on Fridays, which meant that on Saturday people were usually hung over after watching one of their fellow men be killed the night before. There is usually bad news on Fridays in theological and historical texts.
You can turn your bad luck around with these Friday the 13th memes.
At least Jason Voorhees remains optimistic about Friday the thirteenth.
Why should we fear these cute black cats?
There’s nothing better than Monday. Anything goes.
Yes, he would.
How can you be so spooked out on the best day of the week?!
All of it is in your head.
Friday is a day for drinking. You might get bad luck if you do that.
It’s payday day on Friday! It can also be scary.
You might just be unlucky all the time.
On Friday the 13th, you should be extra cautious.