Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday The Thirteenth!

Friday the 13th

Friggatriskaidekaphobia, or the fear of Friday the 13th is alive and well in today’s society. Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky? When did it first start? No one can say for sure, but the fact remains that many cultures consider the day to be a very unlucky one.

There are, however, many popular theories about the origin of the Friday the 13th jinx. Most common is the bible story of the Last Supper. It is thought that Judas was the 13th at supper and he betrayed Jesus. Many refute this tale, saying that Judas wasn’t there as he had left in order to betray Jesus, leaving only 12 dinner guests.

There is a Norse myth about 12 gods having a dinner party at Valhalla and the uninvited 13th guest, Loki, who causes havoc with his arrival.

On Friday 13th, 1306, King Phillip of France arrested the Knight Templar and began torturing and executing them.

In Britain, public hangings traditionally took place on Fridays and there were supposedly 13 steps leading up to the gallows.

Some people believe that Eve tempted Adam with the apple on a Friday. But that’s a whole other story.

However it came about, the fact remains that the Friday the 13th superstition is alive and well in the world today. Most high-rises lack a 13th floor. Airplanes have no 13th aisle. Hospitals, hotels and apartment buildings regularly have no number 13, and many cities don’t have a 13th Avenue or Street.

Whatever you believe, or don’t believe, I hope you have a fabulous Friday the 13th, free from all troubles and fears.

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Nicole Austin said...

Friggatriskaidekaphobia...LOL! What a cool word. I didn't realize about the airplanes not have a 13th row. 13th Ave. is only two block away from my house. Ack!

Great subject,NJ!

TK Winters said...

You know, I was wondering the other day where this phobia came from. Thanks, NJ!

Anonymous said...

In most buildings the 13th floor is renumbered at 14. This practice didn't sit well with people. So, some builders put in a half-/quarter-/third-floor that isn't used for the 13th floor.

My head is full of useless info.

N.J.Walters said...

It's a cool word, Nic. Wouldn't want to have to say it outloud. LOL

I actually lived in a house that was #15, but in reality, it was #13. They just skipped the number.

N.J.Walters said...

It's amazing how much it permeates our society and many others, Teri.

N.J.Walters said...

That's fascinating, Ann. I guess they figure that takes care of the bad luck.

Jaynie R said...


Okay, we need to insert that into a drinking game *snerk* - I don't think I can even say it sober