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Scare factor is high as full moon meets Friday 13th

Joby Findlay thinks Friday the 13th is an opportunity to have fun, not be spooked.
Joby Findlay thinks Friday the 13th is an opportunity to have fun, not be spooked. Mike Richards

THE elements are aligning today to form a supernatural event spookier than even Halloween.

Not only is it Friday the 13th, tonight a full moon will also illuminate the night sky.

The unlikely combination last occurred on March 13, 1998 and will not happen again until January 13th, 2025.

Two women making the most of the rare event are Joby Finlay and Hannah Smith, from the Happy Herb Company.

While Joby is terrified of smashing a mirror in fear of seven years of bad luck and Hannah isn't fond of witches, they've both decided to challenge superstition.

"Why leave it to Halloween?" Ms Finlay asked. "People don't celebrate enough. Life is too short."

The shop on Toolooa St is decked with cobwebs and skulls to highlight all things creepy.

The pair agree that for an event so rare, it would be an opportunity missed if they didn't reflect their scariest selves.

"Don't go out (tonight), or you might run into us," the two women laughed.

Community leaders reveal their superstitions:

Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham: My brother-in-law's birthday is July 13th. Years ago he toyed with the idea of avoiding work 'just in case'. The boss thought it was VERY BAD LUCK to adopt that principle.

Radio host Robb Kidd: The last thing I do before I go to sleep is touch the screen of my mobile phone. I can't doze off if I don't.

Every time I drink a beer out of a glass at the pub I use my left hand. I use blue toothpaste, never white. It scares me.

I have a special chair to sit on at home that's specifically for me putting on my shoes. It gets used for nothing else.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers: I won't place a pair of new shoes on the table - uncertain why this is considered to bring bad luck, but I won't take the chance, just in case it means I won't have any more new shoes!

Topics:  friday the 13th, full moon, superstition



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