You might say “huh”? What the heck is paraskevidekatriaphobics?
Well it’s not some kind of parasites – though it can be thought of a disease for some people. The term paraskavedekatriaphobia is the name for the morbid fear of Friday the 13th, which is today. We will have 2 Friday the 13th this year, the next one is in July. The most it can have in a year is 3 Fridays.
The fear for this day is the most common superstition in the US if not the world. Many will not go to work today or even go outside their house, fearing bad luck. Come to think of it, no wonder I reached the office quite early today. Not so much traffic. Either that or I went out to early to go to work :P
Taken from about.com :
It is said: If 13 people sit down to dinner together, all 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.
I don’t believe Friday the 13th as being a “bad luck” day. The first time I heard of this term was from Jason, you know from the 80s slasher film Friday the 13th? Yesssss that’s right. I remember watching it on video with my dad when I was like 12 years old or so.
But why is this day associated with bad luck? Nobody can point to the exact cause either. All that is known is that this superstition has been around since humans learned to count beyond their 10 fingers.
So now that you know today is Friday the 13th, would you want to walk under the ladder? Well if you own a toyota vios you can lah.
For me, it’s a happy day because IT IS friday. The weekend is coming!
What are your thoughts on this? Are you a paraskevidekatriaphobic? Any stories you want to share that happened to you on any particular Friday the 13th?
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