For Paraskevidekatriaphobics Only!
Okay, so you copied and pasted that big huge word up in the title of this post into Google and found that the definition of same is “the fear of Friday the 13th..” and that’s okay, so did I. But why, praytell am I using this term today…take a look at your calendar, eh!
Yup…it’s Friday June 13th and it’s a great day….I have no “fear” of today as today is also my birthday and I’m posting just these few paragraphs today so I can take the rest of the day off….and enjoy!
Friday the 13th it appears, after some research, has affected folks for years…with yes, many believing the superstition that “bad” things can happen to them….and the web is full of such items which for fun I’ve listed here below…
- Wikipedia has tons of info on this here…and it appears that this “fear” goes back at least a century…and they also report that “According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day making it the most feared day and date in history. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. “It’s been estimated that [US]$800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day”. Despite this, representatives for both Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines have stated that their airlines do not suffer from any noticeable drop in travel on those Fridays…”
- The highly regarded “British Medical Journal” reports that ““Friday 13th is unlucky for some. The risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent. Staying at home is recommended.”
- About.com has some interesting items to think on here, including this tidbit “Since both Friday and the number 13 are considered unlucky, it holds that the conjunction of the two is particularly unlucky. Some claim that this connection was solidified when the Knights Templar were arrested on Friday, Oct. 13, 1307. Yet the fear of Friday the 13th seems to be a much newer phenomenon, dating only to the beginning of the 20th century. About.com’s Urban Legends guide posits that the connection between Friday and the number 13 may have been solidified by a popular 1907 book provocatively titled Friday the Thirteenth. Though it actually dealt with stock market corruption, the novel may have generated long-lasting interest and fear in the juxtaposition of day and date…”
- Lastly, urban legends has this to say here that is sort of a summation of various items “LEGEND HAS IT: If 13 people sit down to dinner together, one will die within the year. The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894). Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue. Many buildings don’t have a 13th floor. If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil’s luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names). There are 13 witches in a coven...”
So….Friday the 13th….of June is right now today.
And I’m off to enjoy my birthday…but if you’ve read the above and think that hey, it’s all superstition, then perhaps you need to do some link clicking above…or google for the “Knights Templar and Friday the 13th” to see when all this “converged…” Oh, and did I mention that the latest stats say that 8% of the whole population of North America suffers from paraskevidekatriaphobia!
Me? No way…but one never knows, eh!Google