August 13, 2010

Beware!!! - Today is 'FRIDAY The 13th'

Friday the 13th occurs when the thirteenth day of a month falls on a Friday, which superstition holds to be a day of bad luck. In theGregorian calendar, this day occurs at least once, but at most three times a year. Any month's 13th day will fall on a Friday if the month starts on a Sunday. 

The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia, frigga, meaning "Friday" and triskaidekaphobia, or paraskevidekatriaphobia,]a word derived from the concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning "Friday"), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning "thirteen"), attached to phobía (φοβία, from phóbos, φόβος, meaning "fear"). The word was derived in 1911 and first appeared in a mainstream source in 1953. According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in theUnited States are affected by a fear of this day. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. "It's been estimated that [US]$800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day". Despite this, representatives for both Delta and Continental Airlines say that their airlines don't suffer from any noticeable drop in travel on those Fridays. 

There are conflicting studies about the risk of accidents on Friday the 13th. The Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics (CVS) on June 12, 2008, stated that "fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday than on other Fridays, because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home. Statistically speaking, driving is slightly safer on Friday the 13th, at least in the Netherlands; in the last two years, Dutch insurers received reports of an average 7,800 traffic accidents each Friday; but the average figure when the 13th fell on a Friday was just 7,500. However, a 1993 study in the British Medical Journal that compared the ratio of traffic accidents between Friday the 6th and Friday the 13th stated that there is a significant increase in traffic-related accidents on Friday the 13th. There are indications that there are more accidents on Fridays than average weekdays (irrespective of the date) probably because of alcohol consumption. Therefore it is less relevant for this purpose to compare Friday the 13th with, say, Tuesday the 13th.

Friday the 13th on Movies:

1. Friday the 13th (1980)
Sean S. Cunningham
Victor Miller
Sean S. Cunningham
2. Friday the 13th Part 2
Steve Miner
Ron Kurz
Steve Miner
3. Friday the 13th Part III
Martin Kitrosser & Carol Watson
Frank Mancuso Jr.
4. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Joseph Zito
Barney Cohen
5. Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
Danny Steinmann
Martin Kitrosser, David Cohen & Danny Steinmann
Timothy Silver
6. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
Tom McLoughlin
Tom McLoughlin
Don Behrns
7. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
John Carl Buechler
Manuel Fidello & Daryl Haney
Iain Paterson
8. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
Rob Hedden
Rob Hedden
Randy Cheveldave
9. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
Adam Marcus
Jay Huguely, Adam Marcus & Dean Lorey
Sean S. Cunningham
10. Jason X
James Isaac
Todd Farmer
Noel Cunningham
11. Freddy vs. Jason
Ronny Yu
Damian Shannon & Mark Swift
Sean S. Cunningham
12. Friday the 13th (2009)
Marcus Nispel
Michael Bay, Andrew Form & Brad Fuller