Paraskavedekatriaphobia, also known as fear of Friday the 13th is very common throughout the world. Is this phobia based in fact, or is it just a silly superstition?
The number 13 is significant whether you consider it to be unlucky or not. Many believe it to be unfortunate because...
- There were 13 present at the Last Supper.
- Loki crashed a party of 12 at Valhalla, which ended in Baldur’s death.
- Oinomaos killed 13 of Hippodamia’s suitors before Pelops finally, in his own shady way, defeated the jealous king.
- In ancient Rome, Hecate’s witches gathered in groups of 12, the Goddess herself being the 13th in the coven.
- Line 13 was even omitted from the Code of Hammurabi.
- Christ was allegedly crucified on Friday the 13th.
- On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrests of Jaques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and sixty of his senior knights.
- In British custom, hangings were held on Fridays, and there were 13 steps on the gallows leading to the noose.
- Theodore Bundy
- Jeffrey Dahmer
- Albert De Salvo
- John Wayne Gacy
The following are things that modern Paraskavedekatriaphobes point to in order to justifying their fears.
- Modern schoolchildren stop their memorization of the multiplication tables at 12.
- There were 13 Plutonium slugs in the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki.
- Apollo 13 wasn’t exactly the most successful space mission.