April 13, 2012

Fear of the number thirteen

Do you have friggatriskaidekaphobia? I don't. 🙂

Have you ever heard of friggatriskaidekaphobia?

I hadn't; until today.

Sounds nasty, doesn't it?

Friggatriskaidekaphobia is the actual fear of Friday the 13th. Or, maybe you just have triskaidekaphobia, which is the fear of the number 13. Nope? Me neither, but I do think it's interesting that such a phobia exists.

Fear of number thirteenIt's been reported that many notable figures suffered from triskaidekaphobia. Winston Churchill, J. Paul Getty, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt all experienced the irrational fear of 13.

Supposedly, Napoleon and Christopher Columbus also suffered from the phobia.

This is already the second Friday the 13th that we've had in 2012 and we're going to have one more in just 13 weeks.  I just realized that anytime a month begins on a Sunday, there will be a Friday the 13th in that month. So, July 13th will be the last Friday the 13th for 2012.

Well, that's the trivia for the day. I choose to consider Friday the 13th a lucky day instead of an unlucky one. I don't need to encourage bad luck; I've had my fair share of that lately.

I hope you have a very happy and lucky Friday the 13th! 🙂



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