The best way to celebrate Friday the 13th this year is to pull a series of scary pranks on your family and friends.
The roots of Friday the 13th can be traced back to the medieval times. The Telegraph notes that some historians believe it was the day when Eve bit the apple from the Tree of Knowledge.
The number 13 has been considered unlucky for a long time, the Telegraph notes. The superstition was followed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who did not travel on Friday the 13th. So much so, several buildings in the UK do not have the 13th floor.
However, we have compiled a list of scary pranks you can pull on your family and friends – just to have a good time. But ensure that those sensitive or suffering from a heart condition don’t become your victims. Following is a list of effective pranks, some of which have been gathered from TheParanormal.ca, in honor of Friday the 13th.
- Ghost in the Elevator: After the lights in the elevator go out, a scary girl appears out of nowhere. Fun ensues when the lights come back on.
- The Ghost Girl: A woman sits with her head down at the side of a deserted street. People passing by come to her aid; but when they approach her, she lifts up her head to reveal a grotesque, absolutely terrifying face.
- Haunted Mirrors: The mirrors in the ladies’ room have been embedded with holograms. Fun fun fun…!
- Chainsaw Man: All one requires to pull this one off is a mask, a chainsaw, and the ability to creep up behind people unnoticed. Watching people go white and jumping into the lake to save themselves guarantees a laugh riot. Warning, though – it could be dangerous for people with a heart condition.
“If people believe in the superstition of Friday the 13th then they believe they are in greater danger on that day,” Dr. Caroline Watt, of the University of Edinburgh, said. “As a result they may be more anxious and distracted and this could lead to accidents. It becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. It is like telling someone they are cursed. If they believe they are then they will worry, their blood pressure will go up and they put themselves at risk.”
National Geographic notes that Friday the 13th affects as many as 17 to 21 million people in the U.S. Donald Dossey, founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Ashville, North Carolina, says, “It’s been estimated that [U.S] $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they would normally do.”