My favorite description of Friday the 13th is as a lamentable intersection of unlucky number and dire day.
I was going to publish this post in font size 13 but, alas, cannot find any font of that size.
The term paraskevidekatriaphobia, the fear of Friday the 13th, was first coined in the 90’s by Dr. Donald E. Dossey.
Apparently regular Triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) was neither long enough nor specific enough to categorize this phobia.
“Friday 13th is only bad luck if YOU choose it to be.” – Denise Mansfield
I’ll start with the well-documented Triskaidekaphobia.
Loki was the 13th god of the Norse pantheon and was the 13th guest to arrive at the funeral of Balder.
Judas was the 13th to sit at the table at the Last Supper.
There is a superstition that if 13 people gather for dinner, one of them will die the following year.
In the original Grimm version of Sleeping Beauty, the wicked fairy was the 13th fairy.
The most telling argument against Friday the 13th is that on Friday, October 13, 1307, Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar. That alone can make it a day that may live in infamy in the collective subconscious.
Some people refuse to start new projects, go out to eat or even go to work on that date and very few will get married on Friday the 13th. We know that many buildings do not have a 13th floor, but did you know that many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue?
My opinion is that there is a lot of unclaimed luck floating around on Friday the 13th.
What’s your opinion on this most superstitious of days?
Tonight is also a full moon.
A definition of triskaidekaphobia http://phobias.about.com/od/phobiaslist/a/triskaidekaphob.htm
Psychology discussion about triskaidekaphobia. http://www.rightdiagnosis.com/t/triskaidekaphobia/intro.htm
The doctor who coined the term paraskevidekatriaphobia http://drdossey.com/friday13.html
Just in case you want to double check the definition of paraskevidekatriaphobia http://www.macmillandictionary.com/buzzword/entries/paraskevidekatriaphobia.html
Every year has at least one Friday 13th; some years have as many as three Friday 13ths.