Superstitions are generally pretty silly, but we won’t blame you for getting goosebumps tonight – it’s Friday the 13th and a full moon, the first time the two events coincide since the year 2000 and the last time they will happen on the same night until August 2049.
That means those rare people who have both paraskevidekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th) and an acute fear of werewolves will probably be spending their nights inside with the doors locked and blankets over their heads – a practice that the Washington Post reports is costing us $800 million every Friday the 13th.
On the other hand, anyone who takes twisted pleasure in the evil connotations of tonight’s lunar-calendar coincidence (also known as people who attended Colgate University and share the school’s quirky obsession with the number 13) will probably make this into an opportunity to have a few extra drinks. That might seem dangerous, but hey, at least someone is trying to do something for the economy.
Whichever category you fall under, be sure to make the most of your Friday the 13th activities this year – it’s the only time this “holiday’’ occurs in 2014.