It’s Friday the 13th! For some, this day is like all the rest, for others, well, let’s just say they might not leave the house today. According to Wikipedia, Folklorists did not see any evidence of a “Friday the 13th” phenomenon before the 19th century. Today, the official name for those who suffer from this popular phobia is a 23-lettered word: friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen). There is actually a Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center for people who struggle with this irrational fear. This center offers treatment for highly superstitious people!
A 2010 article in the Huffington Post about Friday the 13th said,
“Superstitions pertaining to this day begin with Triskaidekaphobia, a fear of the number 13, which is sometimes debated among experts whether or not it is a legitimate phobia. While it does not fit into the standard definition of a phobia — an object, event or situation — this fear can have an impact on people’s lives for those who take it seriously. For some, it becomes an obsession.”
The article went on to list a few other superstitions typically assocated with Friday the 13th:
- More than 80 percent of high-rises lack a 13th floor.
- Many airports skip the 13th gate.
- Airplanes have no 13th aisle.
- Hospitals and hotels regularly have no room number 13.
- Italians omit the number 13 from their national lottery.
- On streets in Florence, Italy, the house between number 12 and 14 is addressed as 12 and a half.
- Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue
It’s obvious the number 13 is taken very seriously world-wide as a number NOT to use! So, how about you!? Do you suffer from Friggatriskaidekaphobia?
Here at Texas Treats we want to help provide a little GOOD LUCK on this not-so-lucky day. Our Lucky Horseshoes may be just what you need to be reminded that today is not all bad. Be sure to be nice, friendly, to say “Howdy” to your neighbor and to have some fun today. Friday the 13th may just be a day like any other day – so enjoy it!