Friday the 13th

Contest Info

  • Started: 4/13/2007 06:00
  • Ended: 4/15/2007 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 15
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
Friday the 13th
Contest Directions: Today is Friday the 13th. It is said this day is an unlucky day. I always thought April 15th was the unluckiest day.
In this contest you are asked to photoshop anything connected to bad bad luck, superstitions, and Friday the 13th. Examples could be misfortune shown in paintings, art, photos, magazine covers, etc.

Contest Info

    • Started: 4/13/2007 06:00
    • Ended: 4/15/2007 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 15
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
15 pictures
  • Nightmare

    Nightmare
  • Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th
  • Witch

    Witch
  • Bad Luck

    Bad Luck
  • Myth

    Myth
  • Superstition

    Superstition
  • Thirteen

    Thirteen
  • 13

    13
  • Dracula

    Dracula
  • Fishing

    Fishing
15 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Any Friday that falls on the 13th day of a month is considered an unlucky day in English speaking countries. Germany, Poland, and Portugal also share the same superstition with the English speaking world. Interestingly enough, in Spain and Greece the same tradition of the bad day is on any Tuesday the 13th instead. Prior to the twentieth century people considered Friday an unlucky day of the week, and 13 an unlucky number. However there's hardly any evidence that these two superstitions were in some way connected to each other. So how did this phobia tradition start? While we don't have the exact answer, the oldest theory says that Jesus was crucified on Friday and was betrayed by his 13th guest - Judas - on the Last Supper. The first mention of Friday the 13th in books dates back to the 1900s. Greece has this tradition on Tuesday the 13th because on that day in 1204 Constantinople was ruined by the crusaders - the looting of the glorious and prosperous city which was considered a symbol of Christianity in those days. It is estimated that Friday the 13th costs US businesses over $800 million in lost sales and revenue, simply because many people would not make an important purchase (e.g. car or house) or schedule an important event (wedding, etc.) as they fear bad luck on that "black" Friday. Many of these cautious people do not consider themselves superficial, yet they do not want the bad Friday to ruin their day, so they act purely on precautionary grounds and not out of phobia.