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Friday, April 13, 2007

Do you have Paraskevidekatriaphobia?

I don't.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia combines two phobias.
Triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13, and skeviphobia, the fear of Friday.

Did you know that fear of the number 13, is the most widespread superstition in the United States? Hmm interesting.
"Superstitions about the number itself go back 2000 years. Some say it has to do with the number of people at the Last Supper, and others say it stems from the number of witches in a coven. It's hard to say how many explanations there are, but it's probably more than 13."
"... the specific superstition about Friday the 13th didn't begin until the early 20th Century."

"Friday itself was considered an unlucky day. Some believe it's because Jesus Christ is believed to have been crucified on a Friday. Others think that the Friday superstition took root in the late 19th Century because public executions were generally held on that day."
I wonder what it's called when you're afraid of black cats?
Felinophobia or
ailurophobia is the fear of cats. Melanophobia is fear of the color black.

How about being Melanfelinophobic?
(I just put them together, so don't worry about looking it up.)

Happy, Friday the 13th everyone!

1 thoughtful comments:

mommiebear2 said...

I like the kitty cat pic - reminds me of Binx. Like Josh, I was born on Friday that 13th so it has always been a very lucky day for me. BTW, those are some serious long words.

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