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Friday The 13th

November 13, 2009

Do you have paraskavedekatriaphobia? (Pronunciation Tip: Treat this as 5 separate words: para skave deka tria phobia… Now try to spell it!) I do not. I do, however, think I have hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – the fear of long words.

Paraskavedekatriaphobia is a fear of Friday the 13th. Different from triskaidekaphobia, which is just fear of the number thirteen.

21 million Americans are afraid of Friday the 13th.

  • Many will postpone travel
  • Not go to work
  • Not cut their hair for fear that someone in their family will die
  • Avoid conducting meetings
  • Some will not even get out of bed until Saturday the 14th

Fear of the number 13 is seen throughout our society

  • happy friday the 13th Pictures, Images and PhotosMany high-rises do not have a 13th floor.
  • Many airports skip the 13th gate.
  • Airplanes have no 13th aisle.
  • Hospitals and hotels regularly have no room number 13
  • Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue
  • The explosion of Apollo 13,  took off at exactly 1:13 p.m. (1313 military time) on 4/11/70. (Digits that add up to 13… 4+11+70=85, 8+5=13)
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Debbie permalink
    November 13, 2009 7:50 am

    I totally understand, I’m not at all superstitious but my Mom is. You don’t walk under ladders, cross a black cat’s path, or rock a rocking chair without anyone in it. I know alot of people that are weird about Friday the 13th, I have enough to worry about without being superstitious. Cool Post!

  2. Heather permalink
    November 13, 2009 7:59 am

    I’m afraid of all those freak people!!! People get crazy on Friday the 13th and they’re the ones who cause all the weird shit to happen!

  3. nancy permalink
    November 15, 2009 3:16 pm

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