It's Friday The 13th . . . . . Are You Afraid?

By Meera Dolasia on April 13, 2012

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While some people (think Taylor Swift) consider the number 13 lucky, for most it seems to indicate dire news or events especially, when it falls on a Friday. Today, happens to be that day. What's worse is that while most years have only one such day, 2012 has three. The first one was January 13th and the grand finale will be July 13th. So does that mean we are in for triple trouble?

While of most of us will probably shrug that thought off, there are over 20 million Americans and probably scores more worldwide, that fear the day so much, that their phobia has even been given a name - friggatriskaidekaphobiacs.

Not surprisingly, this group comprises of people like construction workers and ship builders, who are subject to all kinds of injury risks on a day-to-day basis, and probably fear that the risks get exacerbated when the 13th falls on a Friday. So how did this date and day of the week acquire such a bad reputation? While nobody knows for sure, here are a few theories.

First of all there is the irrational fear of the number 13 - While most people fear just Friday the 13th, some, called Triskaidekaphobiacs are afraid of the number, no matter what it is associated with.

According to Donald Dorsey, a folklore historian, the fear of the number can be traced all the way back to ancient times, when the Vikings inhabited Scandinavia.

12 gods were having a dinner party at Valhalla, the Viking's mythological heaven. Suddenly, an uninvited guest, the mischievous god Loki walked in and instigated Hoder, the blind god of darkness to shoot Balder, the god of joy and gladness.

The Friday part is also rooted in ancient mythology and religion - According to the bible, Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Though the date is not believed to be the 13th, it was following the Last Supper, which happened to be attended by 13 men that included Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus. Other biblical scholars maintain that this was the day when Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit - Again, the date is a little hazy. The one bad event that is believed to have happened on Friday the 13th, was the slaying of Abel by his brother Cain (The sons of Adam and Eve).

So how bad is the fear? Experts estimate that businesses lose between $800-$900mm USD on this day because people avoid traveling, going to work and even, shopping! Are you superstitious about this day? If so, be sure to add your comments below.

Resources: shorenewstoday.com, urbanlegends.about.com, nationalgeographic.com, vancouversun.com

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  • BaconMonday, May 2, 2016 at 10:19 am
    This is not scary at all......... I don't know what is so scary about the number 13......I mean what is so scary?
    • scigirlronni
      scigirlronniFriday, April 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm
      It's not spooky to me.It's creepy and awesome which I like.Triskaidekaphobia,fear of the the 13th or Friday the 13th.I one brave person and I'm not scared at all.By the way I love the pic of Taylor Swift with 13 on her hand and I drew 13 on my hand.Ha,Ha,Ha.
      • heya1
        heya1Friday, November 20, 2015 at 12:12 pm
        Ahhhhuhhhohhhh!! Scary
        • BACONLUVER50295Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm
          scared, run, from friday 13th. stay home with your candy supply and wear your good luck underwear, shirt, pants, and socks and other stuff!!! BE CARFUL!!!!!!!!!
          • tswifty
            tswiftyWednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10:33 am
            13 is AWESOME
            • dragontrainer
              dragontrainerMonday, March 9, 2015 at 7:54 am
              :)
              • firepit04
                firepit04Friday, March 6, 2015 at 10:37 am
                I'm am not afraid
                • nataliatabile
                  nataliatabileMonday, March 2, 2015 at 5:17 pm
                  No, I am not afraid of Friday the 13th
                  • KateMonday, March 2, 2015 at 10:55 am
                    I love Taylor swift write me back say you do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    • bigmelo
                      bigmeloSunday, March 1, 2015 at 4:36 pm
                      Darn it - now the second picture's going to be in my dreams... Well, at least it's not Freddy Krueger... But where all Jason Voorhees are, there is sure to be at least one Freddy, right?
                      • animefan3
                        animefan3Monday, March 2, 2015 at 5:01 am
                        Don't worry bigmelo just think of something good like that happen to be but I dream good

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