Paraskevidekatriaphobics Explained



I didn’t realize until 2 o’clock in the afternoon that today was Friday the 13th.

Did you know that there is actually a name for people who fear Friday the 13th? It’s Paraskevidekatriaphobics.

Paraskevidekatriaphobics. Para skev id eka tria phobics.

Try to say that three times fast.

Hell, try to say it at all.

There’s usually only two Friday the 13ths per year. This year there is three.

And, get this, each Friday the 13th is exactly 13 weeks apart from the last one.

January 13, April 14, and today, July 13th.

This hasn’t happened since 1984! A little spooky, if you ask me.

I’ve always wondered why people get all worked up over this date, and realized I had no clue.

After a couple minutes of internet sleuthing, I’m now a Friday the 13th expert. Look at me, an expert in Paraskevidekatriaphobics. Who would have thunk it?

So why all the hoop-la? Here’s some info:

  • Paraskevidekatriaphobics is the combo of two different fears: the fear of the number 13, and the fear of Fridays. (side note – a fear of Fridays??!?!? What a preposterous fear!)
  • The number 13 is significant in Christianity because it was the number of people present at the Last Supper. Evil betrayer Judas was the last person, thus the 13th person, to arrive.
  • Apparently Christians also don’t like Fridays because Jesus was crucified on a Friday, AND Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit that ruined everything on a Friday, AND the Great Flood started on a Friday.
  • In Norse mythology, Balder, the beloved god of light, joy, spring, and peace, was killed by the god Loki, after crashing a dinner party of 12. Similar to the Last Supper, the 13th guest was the killer. This is why you should never ever have a party of 13 people. Someone is sure to die.
  • On Friday the 13th in 1306, King Philip of France arrested and began torturing the loved and honored Knights Templar.

There you have it. Paraskevidekatriaphobics explained.

And with that, I wish you a very happy, and very lucky, Friday the 13th!

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