If the movies have taught us anything, it's that Friday the
13th is a night of murder, horror and things that go
bump in the night. To mark the occasion we spoke to the Paligap
staff to find out which of them are scared of ghouls and bogeymen
and which are particularly unlucky.
Wrong place at the wrong time
Web developer Craig has to think back to a previous life
stocking shelves in a local supermarket to fund his studies for his
unluckiest memory. He recalls his colleague reaching out to place
the factory-sealed, generic carbonated cola flavoured soft drink on
the top shelf. What happened between that moment and the
realisation that his pristine white shirt was covered in cola just
twenty minutes in to an eight hour shift is more of a mystery.
Memory Sticks - Not Made from Girders
Stephen is a skilful designer, but not the luckiest. In a
similar, but remarkably unconnected, carbonated soft drink accident
he managed to lose an entire project's worth of work when his
memory stick fell into a glass of Irn Bru (other brands are
available, etc.) killing it stone dead.
Yes. From the entire Paligap staff the two most unfortunate
incidents involved fizzy juice, stained shirts and a corrupted
memory stick. Either we lead charmed lives, or some people just
aren't prepared to open up.
Undeterred by this lacklustre response, we pressed the question
of superstitions and greatest fears. Surely someone,
somewhere in the company, would have an epic tale about their fear
of revolving doors that spin anti-clockwise or rabid badgers that
eat children? Surely?
Zombies and cling film
As horrific images go, a combination of zombies and cling film
might not seem the most frightening, but for Account Manager
Douglas each is perfectly terrifying and the combination simply too
much to bear. His colleague Kenneth identified suspension
bridges with their dizzying architecture, whilst there were a few
shouts for the usual suspects: bees, wasps and spiders.
Plasters and woolly jumpers. Let that combination percolate for
a moment. Plasters and woolly jumpers. Strike fear into your heart?
No? Clearly you're not Colin, our Head of Graphic Design.
Can we offer a little advice at this juncture? If you're needing
help scripting your next horror flick it's probably not wise to ask
us. That is unless the next generation of moviegoers are liable to
be scared out of their wits by a zombie encased in cling film doing
battle with a spider in a woolly jumper while wasps apply plasters
to his knees.
Turns out we're not that superstitious a bunch really, except
for Craig - who can't have the volume set to 13 on anything and
refuses to drive at precisely 66 miles per hour - and Stephen, who
can only walk on certain parts of your average everyday
Quite honestly, we should have run with the rabid badger angle.
Is it too late to change?