Welcome to a new Fun Friday Fact!
Last week, we celebrated National Kissing Day. Today we are going to go to the other extreme and celebrate Friday the 13th.
I know there are a lot of people out there who are overtaken by fear of this day. And for them, it is very real. In fact, it is estimated than in the U.S. roughly about 20 million people suffer from – are you ready for this one? – friggatriskaidekaphobia. Oh, you thought I was going to use the word in my title, didn’t you?
Well, triskaidekaphobia only means fear of the number 13 in general. It doesn’t have anything to do with Fridays. No, that would be friggatriskaidekaphobia (on a side note, I have to tell you that it is in moments like these that I am oh so grateful for “copy-paste”).
Now if that wasn’t enough of a tongue twister, did you know that “people afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th” are called paraskevidekatriaphobics? Would you like trying to say that 3 times in a row? I didn’t think so!
Now here are some fun facts:
- In Spanish-speaking countries, it is Tuesday the 13th that is considered an unlucky day
- In Italy, it is Friday the 17th
- In Greece, it is Tuesday the 13th that brings bad luck
Now, if we were to dig deeper into this topic, we would probably find that if we take all the countries in the world and their superstitions about unlucky days into consideration, we would have no days left on the calendar to consider lucky.
So, come on, be happy! And if you are happy, you create happy things. I seem to have read somewhere that what you focus on expands. So expand the good stuff! Besides, It’s Friday which means tomorrow is Saturday and that’s the weekend. And that’s something everyone can be happy about!
So enjoy it! Go out and have fun and don’t waste another moment of your life suffering from triskaidekaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia!!!!!!! It is just another number. It is just another day.