Uh-Oh - It's Friday The 13th And Full Moon!


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Many people consider the number 13, unlucky. That is why commercial and residential buildings often don't have a designated '13th' floor. But when the day falls on a Friday, the fear factor increases substantially. The good news is that this is the only one we will encounter in 2014. The bad? For the first time in 14 years, it coincides with another bad omen - a full moon!

Most of you are probably shrugging this off and just thankful that the weekend is here! However, there are over 20 million Americans and many more worldwide, that suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia. Derived from the words 'frigg', the Norse goddess after whom Friday is named and 'triskaidekaphobia', the irrational fear of the number '13', these people experience symptoms that range from mild anxiety to a constant fear that something bad is going to happen, to even full-blown panic attacks. Since many that suffer from this phobia work in high injury professions like construction and ship building, their nervousness often results in a self-fulfilling prophecy. This in turn, makes them even more fearful of the day.

Though nobody knows for sure why the combination of this date and day are so feared, there are numerous theories. According to experts, it all starts with the irrational fear of the number 13 that Triskaidekaphobiacs have, regardless of what day it falls on. Thomas Fernsler believes the apprehension is caused by the position of 13, which follows the nicely rounded 'safe' 12. The Associate Policy Scientist from University of Delaware says that people often perceive 12 to be a complete number - there are 12 months in a year, 12 zodiac signs, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus . . . so on and so forth. Therefore, the number right after that seems incomplete and therefore, deemed unlucky.

Folklore historian Donald Dossey traces the fear all the way back to ancient times, when the Vikings inhabited Scandinavia.Twelve gods were having a dinner party at Valhalla, the Viking's mythological heaven. Suddenly, an uninvited '13th' guest, the mischievous god Loki walked in and instigated Hoder, the blind god of darkness to kill Balder, the god of joy and gladness.

As for Friday? That, happens to be rooted in ancient mythology and religion - Per 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 was attended by 13 men that included Judas Iscariot, the apostle that 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).

While the fear of a full moon is not as acute, there are many that believe that it pulls water in the body, similar to how it does tides in the ocean. They think that this phenomenon causes otherwise normal people to behave oddly and makes them prone to accidents.

So how bad is the fear? Every Friday the 13th, experts estimate that businesses lose between $800-$900mm USD. That's because millions of people avoid traveling and shopping. Some even call in sick and spend the day at home. The full moon added to the mix is bound to make things even worse! In case you are wondering, the next time the two will coincide will be in 2049 - So enjoy this special day or . . . not!

Resources: foxnews.com,npr.com,news.yahoo.com

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  • iamgood
    iamgoodThursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:22 pm
    People in china think the full moon is lucky, there is a one-week holiday dedicated to the full moon in November or september
    • Mystery PersonThursday, March 28, 2019 at 10:00 am
      WHAT IF SOMEONE HAD A BIRTHDAY ON FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • helacruela
        helacruelaSaturday, July 11, 2020 at 10:18 am
        My brother was born on Friday the 13th.
        • cathulu2020
          cathulu2020Friday, June 12, 2020 at 6:26 am
          i now some that does have a birthday on friday the 13th.
          • iamgood
            iamgoodThursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:21 pm
            it would be even worse if it was midnight and there was a full moon
            • cr4td4l
              cr4td4lSaturday, July 11, 2020 at 3:01 am
              It's good for me! I love full moons and midnight, and it don't believe in this stuff!
              • leiker1414
                leiker1414Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8:44 am
                Neither do I.
                • wolfieland
                  wolfielandWednesday, July 15, 2020 at 1:58 pm
                  might be true..
                  • wolfieland
                    wolfielandWednesday, July 15, 2020 at 1:58 pm
                    one of my friends brthers bday is friday the 13th......
            • x_ashley_x
              x_ashley_xWednesday, November 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm
              Omg!! That's wut my bro thought!!!!🙀 I would feel bad for the person tho. At least make it Saturday the 14!!😺😸😹
            • chlooe
              chlooeFriday, January 18, 2019 at 12:01 pm
              Omg, this is really creeping me out. But, what if the elevator really can't go to floor 13? Will it just malfunction? This is real curiosity in here man!
              • x_ashley_x
                x_ashley_xWednesday, November 27, 2019 at 3:01 pm
                Oh yeah I saw the full moon!! CREEPY.......🙀
              • kikokoFriday, September 28, 2018 at 9:29 am
                my sisters birthday was the friday the 13
                • spykitten
                  spykittenSaturday, July 28, 2018 at 12:55 pm
                  Does the full moon change anything?
                  • kellencatmaster
                    kellencatmasterThursday, April 18, 2019 at 8:53 am
                    People are afraid of all 3 so it was a disaster for many people, all of them are lucky for me.
                  • spykitten
                    spykittenFriday, July 20, 2018 at 11:58 am
                    What if somebody had a birthday on Friday The 13th!!!
                    • spykitten
                      spykittenFriday, July 20, 2018 at 11:58 am
                      Not like anything bad would happen!
                      • spykitten
                        spykittenFriday, July 20, 2018 at 11:58 am
                        Friday The 13th is just a myth!
                    • dudeWednesday, May 30, 2018 at 1:54 pm
                      cool article !!!!!!!
                      • helloThursday, October 12, 2017 at 3:28 pm
                        who belives in friday the 13th
                        • spykitten
                          spykittenFriday, July 20, 2018 at 11:57 am
                          NOT ME!!!
                          • ajg16
                            ajg16Friday, July 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm
                            Definitely not me
                        • Cat girlWednesday, October 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm
                          I can feel something bad happening!!!!!!!!!!NOOOO!!!
                          • spykitten
                            spykittenSaturday, July 21, 2018 at 1:35 pm
                          • XxnoobslayerxXWednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7:00 am
                            June is the month of my birthday