June 13, 2014 is not only Friday the 13th, it’s also a full moon, a rare occasion. Friday the 13th can happen as much as three times a year, but decades often go by between occurrences of a full moon falling on Friday the 13th.
The last time it happened was in October 2000. according to data from America’s official timekeeper, the U.S. Naval Observatory, it won’t happen again for at least another 20 years, until sometime after 2035, the last year for which the observatory has projected data.
On full moon nights, emergency rooms are said to overflow and crime rates supposedly increase. When asked for comment on full moon statistics the police refused to be drawn into the superstitious debate.
Friday and the number 13 have been seen as separately unlucky in Western culture for centuries before they came together as the ultimate bad luck day about 200 years ago.
Add to that the expectations of bizarre behavior for which the full moon is often a scapegoat and this Friday could be downright terrifying for some.
A Victoria University professor said “The people who are most likely to be susceptible to bad luck are those who worry about it, so it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy because that person has been tense and anxious.”