Paraskeviekatriaphobia: Fear of Friday the 13th

Paraskeviekatriaphobia: Fear of Friday the 13th

The 25 cent word Paraskeviekatriaphobia means fear of Friday the 13th, a condition suffered by some 20 million Americans.

The beginnings of the superstition that bad luck abounds on Friday the 13th apparently goes back to the 14th Century when King Phillip IV of France rounded up a bunch of the Knights Templar in his realm and executed the lot of them.

From there, or perhaps before, the bad luck associated with Friday the 13th is tied to the Bible, where Eve supposedly gave Adam the Apple that caused God to toss them out of the Garden of Eden, which in turn became paradise lost for the rest of us; Cain was said to have killed Abel on unlucky Friday the 13th; it started raining, precipitating the Great Flood which Noah and those lucky animals survived in the Ark; the confusion kicking off the Tower of Babel began on Friday XIII; and, of course, Jesus was crucified on Friday subsequent to being the 13th person at the Last Supper on Thursday the night before (or Judas Iscariot was the unlucky 13th at dinner that night who went out early the next day and hung himself after betraying Jesus).

As the superstition has it, youêre doomed when game changing things happen with you on Friday the 13th:

–If born, a life of misfortune;

–If married, you and your spouse will forever fight like dogs and cats;

–Receiving important news will give you a wrinkle in your face and cause you to age one year, etc.

Each year there is at least one Friday the 13th, but some years can have as many as three. 2015 is such a year: besides today in this month of March, there was a Friday the 13th last month, February, and there will be another in November.

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