Since we only celebrate a couple of holidays on April 13th and they’re not exactly earth shattering (Peach Cobbler Day, Blame Someone Else Day, International Skeptics Day), let’s focus on the real impact today has… because it’s Friday the 13th. Are you superstitious about Friday the 13th? it’s estimated that 17 to 21 million people in the USA are afraid of Friday the 13th. Some people refuse to leave the house, go to work, go to a restaurant, and some people won’t even get out of bed today. What caused this craziness?
Actually nobody knows how it started, but my favorite theory is that there were 13 people at the Last Supper (Jesus and 12 disciples) and that Jesus died on Good Friday. There are other theories but to me, that’s the one that makes the most sense. And they even have a name for the fear of Friday the 13th – paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví, meaning “Friday”, and dekatreís, meaning “thirteen”.
So is it really an unlucky day? A few insurance companies report fewer claims on Friday the 13th (due to less drivers?). The airlines report normal numbers of people flying on Friday the 13th, despite many people refusing to fly on the day. Personally, my freshman roommate in college was killed in a car accident on a Friday the 13th, so it will always hold a negative place in my heart. What about you?
Photo from claimsjournal.com