Happy Friday the 13th, m’dears.
Are you one of those people who suffers from a phobia of this day? That fear is termed friggatriskaidekaphobia, and according to studies, between 17 and 21 million Americans suffer from this phobia.
According to the website Medical News Today, friggatriskaidekaphobia is a superstition that has existed for hundreds of years in virtually every corner of the world. In India’s movie industry, they try to avoid releasing new films on Friday 13th because of a fear it will do badly. Even stock markets around the world tend to see less activity on this date. Typically, airlines also report a drop in passengers.
Interestingly enough, fewer accidents occur on Friday the 13th because people are overly cautious and careful.
The number 13 has been considered unlucky for centuries, most likely stemming from numerology, which decries that the number 12 is the number of completeness (12 gods of Olympus, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 Apostles of Jesus, the 12 Descendants of Muhammad Imams) and therefore the number 13 is irregular.
Friday has been considered unlucky since at least the 14th century. You can find evidence of this in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.
However, if you live in a Spanish-speaking country or in Greece, Tuesday is an unlucky day.
Superstitions aside, I celebrate a day that boasts fewer people on the streets having accidents. Plus, I met Bubo on a Friday the 13th. What could be luckier than that?