This Friday is the 13th! Are you ready? Children’s news article

Millions consider Friday the 13th unlucky. (Geralt/CC-By-SA 2.0/Plixabay)

American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift might consider 13 her lucky number. However, millions of people around the world do not share the feeling. The fear of numbers rises to a new level when the date coincides with a Friday — as is the case this week. No one knows how scary Friday the 13th got reputation. But experts have theories.

Thomas Fernsler, an associate political researcher at the University of Delaware, thinks 13 is feared because it follows the “perfect” number 12. There are 12 months in a year, 12 hours on a clock face, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus, etc. Those who have triskaidekaphobia – the fear of 13 – perceive the number like incomplete and, therefore, “unlucky”.

A 2002 survey found that approximately 85% of buildings with Otis elevators did not have a floor labeled 13. (Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA.2.0)

Donald Dossey, author of “Holiday Folklore, Phobias, and Fun”,to another explanation. He thinks 13 is bad reputation dates back to when the Vikings lived in Scandinavia. According to a popular Legendtwelve gods were enjoying a peaceful dinner at their mythological sky, Valhalla, when Loki crashed the party. The Norse God supposedly prompted Hoder – the blind god of darkness – to kill Balder, the god of joy and gladness. To date, many people avoid have 13 guests at a party. In France, some companies even “rent” a 14th guest, or fourth.

Fear of Friday can also be credited to religion. According to the Bible, Jesus was crucified on a Friday. The date does not appear to be the 13th. However, it happened after the Last Supper, which was attended by 13 men, including Judas Iscariot, the apostle this betrayed Jesus. Many Bible scholars also believe that Eve tempted Adam with the prohibited fruit on a Friday. The only historical The event believed to have taken place on Friday the 13th is when Adam and Eve’s son, Cain, killed his brother, Abel.

2022 has only one Friday the 13th (Credit: Statista/CC-BY-SA-2.00

Whatever the reason, the fear of Friday the 13th is widespread. Experts estimate that more than 20 million Americans, and dozens more around the world, suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia or “paraskevidekatriaphobia.” Their symptoms ranging from mild anxiety has a tenacious afraid that something terrible what will happen. Some even live full-fledged panic attacks. Ironically, a 2008 study by the Dutch Center for Insurance Statistics revealed that fewer traffic accidents occur on Friday the 13th than on other Fridays. Fire reports and flight also dropped.

Given the crawling fear, it should come as no surprise that Friday the 13th is hurting the US economy. Companies are losing a valued 900 million dollars on the dreaded day like superstitious avoid going to work, traveling or making large purchases. Many companies try to curb losses by making offers. So take advantage of the only Friday 13 of 2022 by treating yourself to a bargain or two.

happy friday the 13th

Resources: ibtimes.com, wikipedia.org, businessinsider.com, Nationalgeographic.com

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