Evil Friday the 13th

Contest Info

  • Started: 6/13/2008 13:00
  • Ended: 6/16/2008 18:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 23
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
Evil Friday the 13th
Contest Directions: Today is Friday the 13th - the day associated with bad luck and all things evil. It is estimated that US businesses lose close to $1 billion in revenues on each Friday the 13th, because people are afraid to make significant purchases (real estate, cars, etc.) on black and evil Friday the 13th. Some celebrities (e.g. Olsen twins) were born on Friday the 13th. Does it make them evil or just unlucky?
To observe Friday the 13th at Freaking News, photoshop anything evil, or anything connected to bad luck and superstitions. Some examples are: make evil characters out of any characters (celebrities, animals, puppets, etc.) - show them as witches, vampires, werewolves, evil clowns; photoshop broken mirrors, black cats, etc. We are starting this contest at exactly 13:00. Good luck to all entrants :)

Contest Info

    • Started: 6/13/2008 13:00
    • Ended: 6/16/2008 18:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 23
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
23 pictures
  • Warewolf Cat

    Warewolf Cat
  • Evil Kristen Kreuk

    Evil Kristen Kreuk
  • Evil James Bond

    Evil James Bond
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the Curse of Iran

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the Curse of Iran
  • Dr Evil House on Friday the 13th

    Dr Evil House on Friday the 13th
  • Evil Chris Rock Devil

    Evil Chris Rock Devil
  • Evil Natalie Portman Clown

    Evil Natalie Portman Clown
  • Evil Avril Lavigne

    Evil Avril Lavigne
  • Evil Jennifer Love Hewitt

    Evil Jennifer Love Hewitt
  • Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th
23 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: From the point of view of Americans, the most widespread superstition in the world is the confidence in the unlucky effect of the number 13. The devil's dozen or "baker's dozen" as it is called in the 19th century. It appears that a custom existed to add a 13th bun free of cost if someone ordered a dozen. The tradition goes back to medieval Catholicism, where the number 13 was considered sacred, as was the symbol of Christ and the 12 apostles. By the way, one of the most popular explanations for the reason of superstitious fear before the devil's dozen is its connection with The Last Supper. As is known, Christ was crucified immediately after The Last Supper and from here supposedly originated the belief, that out of 13 people who appear around a table during a meal, one will, certainly, die within a year. Actually, it would be very difficult to establish from where the confidence in unluckiness of the number 13 originated. But one thing is clear that this superstition is very young and it cropped up only in the 19th century and attained peak popularity in the beginning of the 20th century and in present times, it is gradually becoming inexistent. Moreover, presently, the number 13 achieved the status of being a lucky number especially among the neo-pagans, who link it with the 13 day lunar cycle, with female deities and, at last, with the menstrual cycle, which according to neo-pagans-feminists, is sacred. Triskaidekaphobia (the scientific name for fearing the number 13, which appeared in the beginning of the last century, when, under influence of Freudian theories, it got into the category of phobias) was replaced by triskaidekafiliya, i.e. the recognition of the devil's dozen as a lucky number. Research linked with number 13, as in the case of the majority of studies from the area of cultural anthropology, is extremely captivating. It is possible to learn, for example, that the belief in "Friday the 13th" - one of the various types of triskaidekaphobia– owing to its origin by stock gambler Thomas Lawson, who has written a single and nowadays deservedly forgotten novel under the name "Friday, the thirteenth". The belief in an unlucky day and an unlucky number has merged together and till now are inseparable. The well known film by Sean S. Cunningham "Friday the 13th", which was seen, probably by all, has spread the omen worldwide. The director admits that the name, which was successfully replaced already at the end of shooting, became one of the deciding factors of its success. The success of the movie was so huge that the belief in the unlucky Friday set its roots even in Spain, where historically Tuesday was considered an unlucky day, especially Tuesday the 13th. It is known that the fear of the number 13 is so strong that the 13th floor was missed very often in American skyscrapers. The author conducted a study to find out whether the 13th floor is missing in all the hotels in New York, and the study revealed that only one hotel, the " Waldorf Astoria" has a 13th floor. Possibly, one of the owners of the hotel was a member of "The Thirteen Club", which was extremely popular in the beginning of the 20th century. The club, the history of which can be found in the book, decided to fight against superstitions, especially, the belief in the devil's dozen.