June 6, 2014
Paraskavedekatriaphobia: I’m having a hard time deciding who coined the term, but HuffPost buys it, so I will, too. This long, intriguing, needs-a-second-look word has been referenced when describing the fear of Friday the 13th.
Friday the 13th. Those words do have kind of an eerie ring to them, don’t they? As this day was approaching, I wanted to look further into where this whole thing came from and discover for myself if it really is as bad as people think.
During my research, I uncovered the notion that Friday was considered an unlucky day, tracing back as early as the 14th century. People believed that it was a bad day to undertake a journey or begin new projects. This struck me as odd, because as Americans, we seem to live, breathe and celebrate Friday. Some of us have been known to long for it as early as a Sunday evening… been there, done that.
Now these might seem a little dated, but suit yourself: 13 Reasons People Think the Number 13 is Unlucky
It’s true that some weird happenings have occurred on days that happen to be the 13th of the month, and also fall on a Friday, such as:
And then this is nifty:
On a brighter side, these celebrities wear the day with nostalgia, knowing they were born on a Friday the 13th:
The Olsen Twins
So, there you have it. I will conclude by saying that I don’t ride on the superstitious train, and I think we’ll all be fine today. Lucky (or unlucky?) for us, today is Friday the 13th, and also a full moon… get out the Ouija board! TGIF!