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Triskaidekaphobia Friday 13 Phobie


I see there are no Events on Friday the 13th, at least in Basel - do people have Phobies of this day. Well no. 13 is my lucky number.

There is also a biblical reference to the unlucky number 13. Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th guest to the Last Supper.

This fear of 13 is strong in today's world. According to Dossey, more than 80 percent of high-rises lack a 13th floor. Many airports skip the 13th gate. Hospitals and hotels regularly have no room number 13.

I know that Italy didnt want to join the European Union at one time for they were supposed to be the 13th member.  On streets in Florence, Italy, the house between number 12 and 14 is addressed as 12 and a half. In France socialites known as the quatorziens (fourteeners) once made themselves available as 14th guests to keep a dinner party from an unlucky fate.

Many triskaidekaphobes, as those who fear the unlucky integer are known, point to the ill-fated mission to the moon, Apollo 13.

As for Friday, it is well known among Christians as the day Jesus was crucified. Some biblical scholars believe Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit on Friday. Perhaps most significant is a belief that Abel was slain by Cain on Friday the 13th.


Whats your experience? Going to work on Friday or locking yourself the whole day under the bed?

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I see there are no Events on Friday the 13th, at least in Basel - do people have Phobies of this day. Well no. 13 is my lucky number.

There is also a biblical reference to the unlucky number 13. Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th guest to the Last Supper.

This fear of 13 is strong in today's world. According to Dossey, more than 80 percent of high-rises lack a 13th floor. Many airports skip the 13th gate. Hospitals and hotels regularly have no room number 13.

I know that Italy didnt want to join the European Union at one time for they were supposed to be the 13th member.  On streets in Florence, Italy, the house between number 12 and 14 is addressed as 12 and a half. In France socialites known as the quatorziens (fourteeners) once made themselves available as 14th guests to keep a dinner party from an unlucky fate.

Many triskaidekaphobes, as those who fear the unlucky integer are known, point to the ill-fated mission to the moon, Apollo 13.

As for Friday, it is well known among Christians as the day Jesus was crucified. Some biblical scholars believe Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit on Friday. Perhaps most significant is a belief that Abel was slain by Cain on Friday the 13th.


Whats your experience? Going to work on Friday or locking yourself the whole day under the bed?


Dorothy WSep 11, 2013 @ 20:58
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Interesting point of discussion, Dorothy.  I've often wondered how many people still attach any importance to this.  I've long assumed that the steady decline in the dominance of Christianity has taken the Triskaidekaphobics with it.

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Interesting point of discussion, Dorothy.  I've often wondered how many people still attach any importance to this.  I've long assumed that the steady decline in the dominance of Christianity has taken the Triskaidekaphobics with it.


Andy C, Sep 11, 2013 @ 23:19
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