A lot of people have fears – fears of the dark, fear of open spaces even fear of clowns. But for people with Paraskevidekatriaphobia, Friday (Jan. 13) is a rotten day for them because they’re afraid of Friday the 13th. And perhaps they know something the rest of us don’t.
The origin of why Friday the 13th is bad luck is essentially a conglomeration of concepts. For thousands of years, the number 12 has been tied to completeness as in the case of months of the year, tribes of Israel and Apostles of Jesus. Thirteen, on the other hand, is considered an irregular number. Superstition has it that, like in the case of “The Last Supper,” if there are 13 people at a table, one of them will die.
Friday too has long been considered an unlucky day. Dating back to the 14th century’s “The Canturbury Tales,” Friday was thought be an unlucky day to begin anything new. And, of course, there have been too many stock market crashes Fridays.
Or perhaps these people with Paraskevidekatriaphobia are simply afraid of the long-running slasher series “Friday the 13th.” The only people who aren’t are the producers behind the films. Since the series began in 1980, they’ve grossed approximately $500 million worldwide.
Stay safe today. And if someone comes running up to you while wearing a hockey mask and wielding a sharp object, call the police.