KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While I don’t know any, I’m sure there are some people who dread today: Friday the 13th.
According to Wikipedia, the fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia. Try that pronunciation on someone today. Or maybe you prefer the word Paraskevidekatriaphobics, which according to urbanlegends.com, is the term to describe people afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th.
It’s a popular theme on Facebook and Twitter:
Some 17 to 21 million people in the United States reportedly have a fear of this day. They avoid their normal routines, refusing to fly or drive, and basically just become a hermit for the day.
The next Friday the 13th will be in July. Friday the 13th can occur as many as three times in a single year. Because this is a leap year, it occurred in January, April and will hit again in July.
How did Friday the 13th become a superstitiously unlucky day?
Some blame the number 12. It is considered a number of completeness (twelve months in a year, twelve hours in a day, twelve disciples and so one and so forth.)
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