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Friday, October 13, 2006

Superstitious?

Movies about killers in hockey masks notwithstanding, Friday the 13th is considered by some to be a very unlucky day.

There's even a special word for it: Paraskevidekatriaphobia.
(Or friggatriskaidekaphobia)

The word with which most people are familiar is just plain triskaidekaphobia, but that really only means fear of the number 13, technically speaking.
(One of my specialties)

As for the whys and wherefores of it, there are a number (no pun intended) of theories about it.

I bought my current home and sold my former one on Friday, April 13th, 2001.

But then, I'm not superstitious...

11 Comments:

Blogger boberin said...

Booga booga booga! As a former bouncer I can tell you that full moons and Friday nights did seem to produce weirder than normal behavior. I didn't go into it thinking that this would be so but it quickly appeared to be so none the less.
Then again, Friday the 13th never seemed particularly more or less strange than any other day, still, I believe I'll keep it low key today just the same.
Have a good hike!

October 13, 2006 9:56 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Here's a happy little Friday 13th ditty.

"Gloom despair and agony on me.
Deep dark depression ,excessive misery.
If it weren't for bad luck,I'd have no luck at all.
gloom despair and agony on me."

I also have a large black cat named 'Rain'.

"This is the day that the Lord has made,I will rejoice and be glad in it"

October 13, 2006 10:16 AM  
Blogger spd rdr said...

The only superstition that I have is not walking under ladders. It's not really a superstition. It's just stupid.

October 13, 2006 10:41 AM  
Blogger JR said...

Superstitions, I have a few... For one, I like to Count My Lucky Stars...

October 13, 2006 2:48 PM  
Blogger darth_meister said...

Superstitious? Ha! I'm not the least bit superstititous ... knock on wood.

October 13, 2006 5:09 PM  
Blogger darth_meister said...

...and I can't spell it the second time around either.

October 13, 2006 5:11 PM  
Blogger Beerme said...

I have always considered 13 to be a lucky number for me...and I love Fridays!

October 13, 2006 6:42 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

Is eleventeen any luckier than 13?

October 13, 2006 7:27 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

As a matter of fact, Friday the 13ths have been VERY LUCKY for me. Today was no exception. I was expecting very bad news from my boss on a particular issue today, and when I went into the meeting he told me not to worry... "that's a bunch of B.S." (whew!).

But that word though: "friggatriskaidekaphobia". I mean... it's a friggin' trial of kaleidoscopic phobias, so to speak (pardon my French).

(:D) Regards...

October 13, 2006 7:44 PM  
Blogger RAM said...

Friday, October 13th wasn't so bad but, Saturday, October 14th was a real killer for this guy!

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006610150468

October 15, 2006 10:03 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

boberin:
I sometimes wonder if people acting differently on Friday the 13th or during a full moon is due in part to their being aware that it's "one of those days".

Maggie:
I like the second "little ditty" better.

spd rdr:
I'd say it's stupid to walk under a ladder...if someone is working on same, that is.

JR:
Which ones are your lucky stars?
(Also, are you Sirius?!)

darth_meister:
I'm not superstitious either. He said, whilst crossing his fingers behind his back.
(Well, not really)

Beerme:
I love Fridays, too, and 13 is only a number.

Kajun:
I think ELEVENTEEN(!) is luckier than 13, yes.
(Coincidence???)

Hawkeye®:
"Friggatriskaidekaphobia" is a mouthful, indeed.

RAM:
Yeah, I've been hearing a LOT about that guy lately, thanks to the "Foley Follies"...

October 16, 2006 1:52 AM  

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