5 Things You May Not Know about Friday the 13th

July 12, 2018

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Why is that song "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder in my head? Oh, because tomorrow is Friday the 13th and this is a day that tends to bring superstitions out of people. 

1. Where did this negative association with Friday the 13th come from? Here's just one theory. The superstition stems from early Christianity because thirteen is the number of people present at the Last Supper (Jesus and his 12 apostles), which took place on Maundy Thursday. At the Last Supper, Judas, the apostle w­ho betrayed Jesus, was the 13th member of the party to arrive. Jesus died the next day on Good Friday.

2. The Number 13 is one that many people fear. Famous author Stephen King is just one of the millions that feel uneasy with this number. Did you know there's a name for the fear of the number 13? It's called "triskaidekaphobia." It's the fear and avoidance of the number 13. 

3. There's also a phobia for people who fear Friday the 13th. This phobia is called “paraskevidekatriaphobia” or “friggatriskaidekaphobia." I don't know that I could even begin to pronounce either of those words correctly. 

4. It can happen up to three times per year. In 2018, we will have two Friday the 13th's, tomorrow and back in April.

5. You can go to treatment for your superstitions: Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center, an organization that hosts parties centered on confronting common phobias like walking under a ladder, stepping on a crack, breaking a mirror, and opening an umbrella indoors. It's located outside of Philadelphia. 

What do you think of Friday the 13th? Are you being extra cautious or is it just another day for you?