Freaky Friday or TGIF? You be the judge.
If you’re superstitious, listen up. This is the last Friday the 13th of 2012. There won’t be another one until September of 2013. If you’re one of those folks who pays extra attention to the whereabouts of black cats and ladders today, this should come as a relief.
Although some insurance statisticians claim that Friday 13th can actually be safer than an average Friday because people are extra conscientious, there have been more than a few interesting incidents associated with this infamous day.
Need convincing? Here are just a handful of examples:
- July 1951: The Great Flood killed 24 people, destroyed more than 2 million acres of land in Kansas and caused $760 million in damage
- July 1987: An F4 tornado tore through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and injuring at least 300
- March 1992: An earthquake killed nearly 2,000 people and left 50,000 homeless in Turkey
- Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas on a Friday the 13th
- Al Capone was sentenced to prison on a Friday the 13th
- Benny Goodman, the King of Swing, died on a Friday the 13th
- June 1986: The Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, were born (I’ll let you decide how frightening this one is!)
A lot of the reason people are afraid of Friday the 13th is because they simply don’t know what might happen. Superstition and fear can be powerful, but they don’t have to hold you back. I happen to embrace every Friday the 13th that comes along and try to use it my advantage.
Want to apply for a job? Send your resume to the recruiter or hiring manager today! It will stand out because many other people will avoid sending theirs in.
Need to renew your driver’s license soon? Head to the DMV — likely empty thanks to superstitious people too nervous to take their test on such a horrible, dreadful day.
Have questions about your military financial aid benefits at the college you’re attending? Give them a call now, when other people are avoiding any questions about money because they’re sure they’ll get bad news thanks to the date on the calendar.
So what do you think about the date? Are you extra cautious on Friday the 13th? Or do you think the spooky stories and superstitions are a bunch of phooey? Do you throw caution to the wind and walk under ladders, or hide in your house? Either way, it’s Friday, and we hope you enjoy whatever you do today!