Do YOU Suffer From Paraskevidekatriaphobicsis?

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Paraskevidekatriaphobics - Are you among the 21 million Americans (8% of the population) who suffer from it?

If so, what did you do today?

Paraskevidekatriaphobicsis the morbid, irrational fear  of Friday the 13th. And according to Urban Legends on About.com, it's the most widespread superstition in the U.S. today. (Have you ever noticed that some buildings don't have a 13th floor?)

Both the number 13 and Friday engender fear for some - and when you put the two fears together in one person, you get a case of Paraskevidekatriaphobics.black cat's eyes

Legends being what they are, no one actually knows where the superstition started. There are more than enough stories and superstitions to take your pick among them.

For instance, "If 13 people sit down to dinner together one of them will die within the year."

However, in spite of all the fears associated with the number 13, both the ancient Chinese and the Egyptians in the time of the pharaohs believed that 13 was a lucky number.

I think I'll go along with them. When I used to go play Bingo I always looked for a card with the number 13 - and if today can be considered representative of Friday the 13th, then I'd say it's a lucky day, too.

Friday seems to have just as many bad luck tales as the number 13 - legend even has it that if you change your bed on Friday you'll have bad dreams.

Snopes quotes many old sayings about both - many of them involving the folly of beginning or finishing a task on those days.

On a more serious note, here in North Idaho, I expect there are many who would equate "Friday" with bad luck. The Lucky Friday Mine has just closed for a year in order to comply with new Federal regulations. According to the local news, that puts 185 miners plus more than 100 subcontractors out of work. This is a major economic blow to the Silver Valley, especially the small town of Mullan - population 692.

What does this have to do with black cats? Nothing - except that it's just as silly to be afraid of Friday the 13th as it is to be afraid of a black cat.

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Rainer
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Christine Blaski
Cornerstone Real Estate - Frisco, CO
Frisco, Summit County CO Realtor

Oh no, I wonder if there are no comments because the 8% are here on AR!

I'm with you, the 13th is a great day.

Jan 13, 2012 06:44 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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Christine - Good! I'm glad your day went well, too.

Jan 13, 2012 06:54 PM #2
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Wow, long word!

Never was one to fear the number 13. But in dealing with buyers and sellers, we have to be very cognizant of their cultures and stay away from things that my be perceived as bad luck. The number "4" for example is a very unlucky number for the Chinese because it is so closely aligned with death. If we use the number 4 in our listing price, we offset that by the number "8" which is considered very lucky. So the listing could be $488,000 to offset the bad luck.

Jan 13, 2012 07:08 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Pacita - Yes, it sure is. I still haven't figured out how to pronounce it.

Meanwhile, aren't we humans silly creatures? I didn't know about the Chinese being afraid of #4, but I worked with a lady who was terrified of 666. If she ran to the store for lunch goodies and the bill came to $6.66 she'd either put something back or buy something more in order to avoid it.

Jan 13, 2012 07:38 PM #4
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Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
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Oh, Marie, I had to open your blog and see what the word meant.  There are a lot of superstitious people here in Hawaii.  Lot of numerology fears and sometimes even colors.  Instead of wearing black to a funeral, some wear WHITE.

Jan 13, 2012 08:58 PM #5
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Thanks Marte.  Now, I know the official term.  Also, I had no idea about Fridays being associated w/ bad luck (well except for Friday the 13th).

Jan 13, 2012 11:52 PM #6
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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

How can I be afraid of something that I can't even pronounce.  Au contrare-I have actually had more good luck on Friday the 13th-maybe because I'm more cautious!!!  Adorable quote!

Jan 14, 2012 12:51 AM #7
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I don't have any problems with Bad dates or numbers.  For me it is just another day.

Jan 14, 2012 02:51 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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Bruce - I didn't know that one. But I expect there are a lot of superstitions that I don't know about.

Debbie - I didn't either, except for Friday the 13th. Just think how many people shout "TIGIF" because they're so glad it's Friday!

Joanna - I usually notice that it's Friday the 13th, but can't recall being afraid of it.

William - Perhaps because it is - just another day!

Jan 14, 2012 02:34 PM #9
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Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
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Marte - we really need to get to know our buyers and what affects their decisions as various cultures have ingrained fears/beliefs of numbers and other things that can and do affect them and their decisions ..... some it's the number 13 others 4 and 8 others still the number 7. ..... some will not purchase a home if the headlights of a car turning a corner shine into the living room or front room of the home.

Jan 15, 2012 02:53 AM #10
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Kathy - That's right. For some the superstitions come with the culture. And the headlights issue - that's Feng Shui, and while it came from ancient Chinese practices, plenty of modern-day Americans follow it. Those folks would never buy a house if the garage dominated the front entrance.

Jan 15, 2012 04:43 AM #11
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