Thursday, January 12, 2006

Paraskevidekatriaphobia: Widespead Superstition

According to David Emery, the guide to Urban Legends and Folklore, fear of Friday the 13th is relatively widespread... for me it's always been a lucky day- no fear of that! My birthday is on the 13th and sometimes falls on a Friday...

"Paraskevidekatriaphobicspeople afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th — must be pricking up their ears just now, buoyed by seeming evidence that their terror may not be so irrational after all. But it's unwise to take solace in a single scientific study — the only one of its kind, so far as I know — especially one so peculiar. I suspect these statistics have more to teach us about human psychology than the ill-fatedness of any particular date on the calendar.

The Most Widespread Superstition

The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times, and their inevitable conjunction from one to three times a year portends more misfortune than some credulous minds can bear. Some sources say it may be the most widespread superstition in the United States. Some people won't go to work on Friday the 13th; some won't eat in restaurants; many wouldn't think of setting a wedding on the date. .. "

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