Freaky Friday

  • If you’ve looked at a calendar – or perhaps the terrified look on your coworker’s or classmate’s face – you know that today is Friday the 13th. The clinical term for fearing this day is paraskevidekatriaphobia. This word was coined in 1911 but not popularized until 1953. Not sure what your particular phobia is called? Try searching through this site.
  • Mention the phrase, “Friday the 13th,” and many people think of the film franchise. This may then bring to mind a large, young man named Jason in a hockey mask stalking teenagers. But did you know that this trademark, masked version of the machete-wielding maniac didn’t show up until Part III of this horror series?
  • If you’re like the other 17 to 21 million people in just the United States alone who suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia, you may be planning on staying in today. If so, here is a list of fun things you can do in or around your home to entertain yourself.
  • Why is it considered an unlucky day? Well, in numerology, 12 is considered the number of completeness, making the number 13, then, an irregular transgressor. And, historically, Fridays have been associated with everything from stock market crashes to Jesus’ crucifixion. It’s also said that the superstition is derived from a Norse myth in which it was believed that a coven of thirteen witches met each Friday to plot dastardly deeds for the following week. You can read more about Friday the 13th and other interesting, superstitious trivia here.
  • Today marks 2009’s third Friday the 13th. This triple occurrence happens only once every eleven years!
  • Finally, if you know someone who’s feeling a little skittish today, why not cheer them up with a fun Friday the 13th electronic greeting card to wish them good luck!

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  1. Kristin 11/13/2009 at 4:03 pm #

    I love that you chose to write about Friday the 13th!

  2. Grace 11/14/2009 at 1:41 am #

    I forgot all about that stuff!

  3. Kit 11/14/2009 at 8:58 pm #

    Friday the 13th…my friend got knocked out on friday the 13th three years in a row, I think he has a good reson to be a bit scared of it!! 🙂

  4. Bridget 11/14/2009 at 9:51 pm #

    I associate Friday the 13th with religion. Jesus died on Friday, and Judas, the man who betrayed Jesus was the 13th person at the Last Supper (also the first one to get up, which is how the superstition that the first person to rise from a table of 13 is the first to die).

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