TheQuietGuy2005 54M
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1/13/2006 11:51 am

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It's known as paraskavedekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia.

It's a fear of Friday the 13ths (no, not the series of films) and it still holds sway for many people in the Western world. Few people would dream of deliberately arranging something such as a wedding on Friday the 13th; some people refuse to leave their home, taking a day's leave from work, while others go so far as to stay in bed all day.

I don't regard myself as adhering to suspicions like this yet even I would admit to feeling a small frisson as I realised what day and date it was today. It's cultural indoctrination.

But how have we come by this suspicion?

As with most suspicions, the origins are uncertain but the most likely explanation is that we have merged irrational fears of the number 13 and of Fridays - double trouble!

There are some pagan stories that may have influenced this phobia but most likely we can date it to the coming of Christianity:

* 13 - this probably derives from the Christian belief that there were 13 people around the table at Jesus' Last Supper after which Jesus was betrayed and denied. It's a common superstition, too, that one should never sit down to dine with 12 others.

*Friday - In pre-Christian times, Friday was often a day of worship. The English word Friday comes from Frigg or Freya (Freya's day) when this norse goddess was worshipped. With the coming of Christianity, Freya was recast as evil ... and Freya was to be feared.

More recently, the Knights Templar are reputed to have had a BAD day one Friday 13th and that may have had its influence too.

Does it sound like we should really fear Friday the 13th then? Of course not ... except ...

A 1993 study in the British Medical Journal entitled "Is Friday the 13th Bad for Your Health?" compared the ratio of traffic volume to the number of automobile accidents on two different days, Friday the 6th and Friday the 13th, over a period of years.

They found that in the region sampled, while consistently fewer people chose to drive their cars on Friday the 13th, the number of hospital admissions due to traffic accidents was significantly higher than on "normal" Fridays.

Their conclusion?

"Friday 13th is unlucky for some. The risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent. Staying at home is recommended."

Excuse me for a moment ... I'm just going to lock the door and go to bed ...


rm_EE407 41F
3903 posts
1/15/2006 12:14 am

uhm... QQ... THAT's your sorry excuse for being online all days... sjeeesss.. what will you think up next??? lol

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
1/15/2006 9:27 am

EE ... Do I need an excuse to be online?

sexymermaid6956 63F
26393 posts
1/17/2006 6:13 pm

omg i love friday the 13 th as it has always been my best days..looking forward to the next one....


Seduce my mind and my body

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
1/17/2006 9:10 pm

Good for you, SexyMermaid! May you have many more happy ones

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