CSS Gets Spooky

Libby Palokangas
lpalokangas@css.edu

    In Western Culture, Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day involving black cats, broken mirrors, and countless other superstitions. Nobody knows where these bad omens come from. Some believe there are Biblical origins to these superstitions, claiming the crucifixion of Jesus Christ took place on a Friday the 13th. Others say the myths stem from Friday, Oct. 13, 1307 when hundreds of Knights Templar were arrested and killed around France.       

    Are these superstitions and myths real? A Dutch study actually shows fewer accidents, robberies, fires, and other terrible situations happening on Friday the 13 than other Fridays because people are being more cautious and preventative.  

    Freshman Sam Willert said, “I don’t really believe in the superstitions, but I like to do the traditions like watch a scary movie on the day….”  

    Many other students also reported not buying into all the superstitious gab.                

    If you do fear Friday the 13, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the official name for the fear of Friday the 13, and it is said that the fear is cured when you are able to pronounce the name.  

    The first of two of these special Friday’s anticipated for the school year has arrived, and whether or not you believe the omens surrounding the day, it does not hurt to be a little extra aware. Stray away from cutting your hair, ladders, cracks in the sidewalk, ships setting sail, and the number 13. It might be in your best interest to just stay locked up in your room for the whole day and avoid the scary places around school. You never know when a spooky situation might occur!