The mask worn by the key character in the films, Jason Voorhees, is one of the most known images in popular culture.Since 1995, Finland has dedicated one Friday the 13th in a year to observe National Accident Day. When 99942 Apophis was discovered in 2004, it was thought to have a small chance of colliding with Earth.Very little is known about the origins of the day's notoriety.Some historians believe that the superstitions surrounding it arose in the late 19th century.Unfortunately, the film was doomed from the start and never got off the ground due to financial troubles.Other celebrities and well-known personalities born on a Friday the 13th include actors Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen; novelist and playwright, Samuel Beckett; and former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro.
In many Spanish speaking countries and in Greece, Tuesday the 13th is seen as a day of misfortune.Triskaidekaphobia, or the fear of the number 13, is even more widespread.So much so that many high-rise buildings, hotels, and hospitals skip the 13th floor and many airports do not have gates numbered 13.The commercially successful Friday the 13th enterprise includes 12 horror movies, a television series, and several books that focus on curses and superstitions.
Even though the films and the television series consistently received negative reviews from critics, they have a huge following.
There is very little evidence to show that Friday the 13th is indeed an unlucky day.