What is triskaidekaphobia? † Metro News

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Actors who don’t say Macbeth in a theater. Touch wood. Avoid walking under ladders.

Humans are funny creatures because we’ve all heard 101 different things that supposedly bring us bad luck, or things we should avoid to keep bad things from happening to us.

Sure, some things, like Macbeth say in a theater, seem quite manageable, but what about people who are afraid of a song?

We say those people have triskaidekaphobia and this is exactly what that means…

What is triskaidekaphobia?

Besides being an incredibly high scorer for Scrabble, triskaidekaphobia is fear or avoidance of the number 13.

While some argue that fear may be too strong a word, patients with triskaidekaphobia will now be seen as more superstitious or than fearful of numbers.

This is why for many Friday the 13e has been considered an unlucky day — the superstition predates the horror film franchise starring Jason Vorhees.

But the lingering fear of that day helped bolster the horror franchise and gave more people reason to watch out for Friday the 13e

Fear of Friday the 13th specifically has its own name – paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia.

Again, great one to remember for Scrabble.

(It’s unclear where victims of triskaidekaphobia fall on the rom-com classic 13 Going on 30).

Why is the number 13 considered unlucky?

Everyone has heard stories about why the number is unlucky, but why?

Well, there are a few conflicting origin stories.

Friday the 13th sign with stormy background

There’s nothing to be afraid of today… right? (Photo: Getty_

According to folklore historian Donald Dossey, the unfortunate nature of the number 13 originated with a Norse myth about 12 gods having dinner in Valhalla.

Loki, the trickster god who was always a villain before Tom Hiddlestone anthropomorphized him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was not invited but arrived as the 13th guest and arranged for Höðr to shoot Balder with an arrow with a mistletoe.

The other theory relates to the Bible.

Since about 1890, various sources have attributed the unlucky number thirteen to an idea that at the Last Supper Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th to sit at the table.

However, the Bible does not really indicate the order in which the apostles sat.

13 people at the Last Supper = mistrusting a number for a lifetime? (Photo: Getty)

Is 13 really bad luck? Bad things that happened on Friday the 13the or with the number

To paraphrase the bard, what does a number say? Can 13 really be more unlucky than 12?

These historical events relate to the number 13.

Tupac Shakur

Tupac died at the age of 25 on Friday the 13th (Photo by Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
  • Tupac Shakur died on Friday the 13the – he died on September 13, 1996, a week after he was shot
  • Many serial killers and all round rotten historical figures have exactly 13 letters to their names. These include Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Jack the Ripper and Theodore Bundy
  • In a deck of tarot cards, the XIII card is Dead
  • The mass arrest and execution of the Templars began on Friday the 13th

How many Friday the 13th will there be in 2022?

The good news for those not a fan of the day is that 2022 only has that one Friday the 13th.

Friday 13 May is our only one this year.

After this will be next January 132023

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