Paraskavedekatriaphobia!

 

Friday again

Friday, the 13th! Does this day scare you?

Are you afraid to leave the house, step on a crack, or walk under a ladder? If so, then you suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobia or…fear of Friday, the 13th!

There’s no concrete proof of how or where this date became so unlucky. Myths range from thirteen people being present during the Last Supper of Christ, to Phillip the IV of France arresting hundreds of Knights Templar on Friday, October 13th, 1307.

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.

Wow! That’s nearly ten percent of the population! Are you among that number? If so, keep calm and don’t worry. The good thing about Friday the 13th is it ends…like every other day, and before you can blink, you’re staring another Monday in the face.

Now there’s a day to be feared! (And fear of Mondays is called Lunaediesophobia!)

Enjoy the weekend!

 

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6 thoughts on “Paraskavedekatriaphobia!

  1. When I was a kid, I thought everyone just believed 13 was an unlucky number, I didn’t think Friday the 13th was separate from the fear of the number, itself or why no building had a 13th floor. Like I said, I was a kid… when stepping on cracks could break my mother’s back no matter which day it was. 😐

    But, the fear of the number 13 is called Triskaidekatriaphobia (to add to your list) and has its own list of probable origins from Judas to witch covens supposedly having 13 members.

    Just goes to show that fear has been the reigning heavyweight champion over us for a very, very long time.

  2. A few years ago, I was told that the 13th day of any month has the highest probability of falling on Friday. Of course, I woundn’t believe that unless I check it myself. So, I did the calculation and what a coincidence! It’s true 🙂

      • The Gregorian Calendar has a 400-year which means that our calendar repeats all over again every 400 years. So, 16 Jan. 2017 and 16 Jan. 2517 are both Monday.

        Hence, we only need 400 years in the calculation. I used this MatLab command command:

        months=str2mat(‘Jan’,’Feb’,’Mar’,’Apr’,’May’,’Jun’,’Jul’,’Aug’,’Sep’,’Oct’,’Nov’,’Dec’);
        day13=zeros(7,1); year13=zeros(400,7);total=0;
        for i = 1:400;
        for j = 1:12;
        year = 2000+i-1;
        jday = weekday(strcat(months(j,:),’-13-‘,num2str(year)));
        day13(jday) = day13(jday)+1;
        year13(i,jday) = year13(i,jday)+1;
        total = total+1;
        end
        end
        day13

        The 13th day of any month falls on Friday 688 times which is the highest. The second highest is Wedblnesday and Sunday – 687 times.

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