Friday Phobia Facts

by Cie McCullough Buschle on January 13, 2012

in Arts and Culture


Do you have it? What about just triskaidekaphobia? Many people who have one also have the other.

Friday the 13thIt’s nothing to worry about. You don’t have to take special medicine, or avoid certain foods, or even see a doctor at all. Well, not for mild cases, that is. More than 17 million people are affected, and many of them will simply spend today in bed.

Also known as paraskevidekatriaphobia, friggatriskaidekaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th.  Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number thirteen, and Frigga is the name of the Norse Goddess that Friday is named after. Friggenbigwordsaphobia is the fear of pronouncing fancy Greek words incorrectly, and almost everyone suffers from that

Friday the 13th is considered to be a day of bad luck in English, German, Polish and Portuguese-speaking countries, but there is no concrete reason why. There are legends and myths, most stemming from religious fears or beliefs. Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the thirteenth guest at the Last Supper – and also the first to leave. Loki, the Norse God of mischief and trickery, invited himself to a dinner of the Gods and proceeded to kill Balder, hero and hometown favorite.

No 13But we as humans also have a preference to the number twelve. Not only were there twelve apostles and twelve Norse Gods, but twelve Gods of Olympus and twelve Tribes of Israel as well. There are twelve month in the year, twelve animal years in the Chinese calendar, twelve days of Christmas, even twelve hours on most standard clocks. Thirteen is an odd, uncomfortable number for us.

Many cultures consider Friday a rather unlucky day, even though most of us Thank God for Friday at least once a week. Christ was crucified on Good Friday, the Stock Market crash was on Black Friday. In Britain, public hangings were traditionally held on Friday. Sailors, always a superstitious lot, would not leave port on a Friday if at all possible.

Friday the ThirteenthSo will terrible things happen today? Of course! Terrible things happen every Friday the 13th! They also happen on Friday the 29th, and on Wednesday the 4th. Wonderful things might happen as well. Or, it could be just another ordinary day, depending on if you have friggatriskaidekaphobia, or not.

| Cie McCullough Buschle lives with her dog Einstein and a cat named Burton Guster. She is a lifelong traveler and enjoys researching history through holidays, toys, and everyday objects. Cie is a sculptor and co-owns The Creative Chameleon, a place where kids and adults can create, paint, celebrate, and just have a lot of fun. Sometimes you can find her time traveling back to the Middle Ages as part of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Lissa January 13, 2012 at 9:56 am

You are one of my favorite writers, Cie! Oh, and did you already know ALL of those facts, or did you have to research some?

Cie McCullough Buschle January 13, 2012 at 10:04 am

A writer never tells her secrets 😉

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