Are You Afraid of Friday the 13th?


By Ashley Thompson

Tonight is Friday the 13th, which for some, has a superstitious meaning. 

So we wanted to ask you, are you afraid of this unlucky date?
Friday the 13th, it's a date that's been feared for centuries. And with a series of movies by the same name, the date has become more mainstream. Some tell us today makes them somewhat superstitious.
"Black cats," says Ariel Jenkins. "When I see a black cat, I spit. So, I believe in that."
"Today, I had some bad luck today," says Mishae Poteat.
This Friday the 13th is extra eerie, because of a full moon. Randy Russell is the Assistant Professor of Physical Sciences at Auburn University at Montgomery. He says the occurrence of both is rare.
"The full moon occuring on Friday the 13th is actually a very rare event it turns out. The last time that that happened was in the year 1919."
Tonight's moon will have a red tint, often called the blood moon, the honeymoon or the strawberry moon.
"It's because the way that the light from the moon is filtered by the earth's atmosphere," Russell explains. "It filters out the blue light and the red light comes on through and so we see a reddish tint or a golden tint to the moon."
But some say, regardless, today is just another day.
"It's fake," says R'dellious Davis. "It's not real. People say step on a crack, break your mom's back. I've done it and she's fine."
"It's just a myth," says Cameron Jenkins. "It's just, we saw the movie and everybody got scared for some reason. I don't know why."
Those who suffer from an irrational fear of Friday the 13th have what's called paraskevidekatriaphobia.

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