Friggatriskaidekaphobia – Fear of Friday the 13th

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The earliest recorded reference of Friday the 13th having sinister connotations was at the passing of Gioachino Rossino, of whom Henry Sutherland Edwards wrote in a 1869 biography:

“He was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and 13 as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that one Friday 13th of November he died.”

In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, the 12 successors of Muhammad in Shia Islam, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.

Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century’s The Canterbury Tales, and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys, begin new projects or deploy releases in production. Black Friday has been associated with stock market crashes and other disasters since the 1800s.

The fear of Friday the 13th has been called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Friggia being the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen)… Try saying that one five times fast. Try saying it even ONCE.

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day making it the most feared day and date in history. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. “It’s been estimated that $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day”.

The Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics on June 12, 2008, stated that “fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday than on other Fridays, because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home. Statistically speaking, driving is slightly safer on Friday the 13th, at least in the Netherlands; in the last two years, Dutch insurers received reports of an average 7,800 traffic accidents each Friday; but the average figure when the 13th fell on a Friday was just 7,500.”

Conversely, a 1993 study published in the British Medical Journal found that in the region sampled, while consistently fewer people chose to drive their vehicles on Friday the 13th, the number of hospital admissions due to vehicular accidents was significantly higher than on “normal” Fridays, concluding, “Friday 13th is unlucky for some. The risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent. Staying at home is recommended.”

At the Cutting Edge, we double-dog dare you to confront your friggatriskaidekaphobia and come to our Friday the 13th opening! Don’t hide under your bed like a little girl – take your fate in your hands and carpe diem – seize the day! Friday the 13th also has a reputation as a day to win the lottery or come into uncommon fortune for those brazen enough to face their fears. And when it comes to fear, we’ve got plenty for you to face.
See you Friday night – we’ll be waiting for you… at Cutting Edge Haunted House

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