Triskaidekaphobia- the Fear of the Number 13

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Where did the phobia of 13 come from?

Ancient Persians believed the twelve constellations in the Zodiac controlled the months of the year, and each ruled the earth for a thousand years at the end of which the sky and earth collapsed in chaos. Therefore, the thirteenth is identified with chaos and the reason Persian leave their houses to avoid bad luck on the thirteenth day…(Wikipedia)

Some people tried to stop superstitions all together. A dinner was club was formed called, “The Thirteen Club”.  On Friday the 13th at 8:13 13 people met in the 13th room.   They walked under a ladder to get to the room and sat among piles of spilled salt.  No one died.

Many tall buildings do not have floors numbered ’13’.  It’s not like the builders were counting and said, “Who put this 13th floor in? Don’t they teach you anything in school?””We can work through this.  Let’s just pretend this floor never happened and work on 14!”Many airlines have no 13th row; some airports have no 13th gate; their is no F-13 aircraft.  The manufacturer made a F-12 and skipped right to F-14.

What about Friday the 13th? Who made that up? Was it an anniversary gone bad? “Honey, you know what today is don’t you?” “Friday the 13th?” comes the reply from behind the paper.”It’s our 1 month no-throwing-dirty-diapers-at-each-other anniversary! How could you forget!” The man ducks as a dirty diaper splats against the wall behind him. (Based on a true story)

There is a Friday the 13th phobia. It’s paraskavedekatriaphobia. Try saying that word three times. It is estimated that $800-900 million in business is lost on this day because people refuse to go to work, fly or even get out of bed!

I think the number 13 can also be good. We had 13 stripes on the flag representing 13 colonies. Jesus plus his 12 disciples make 13.  I was proposed to on Friday the 13th and married on the 13th (Thursday). Our anniversary occasionally falls on Friday the 13th.

Can you think of other good 13s?


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