I thought my week was getting better, but just when the ball started to rise… it came back down again. Hard. *Sigh* Well, it’s a fitting day to be so bleak. For it is Friday the 13th. (Did that rhyme? Hee… things are looking up again!)
I started to wonder why the 13th Day of Friday is so auspicious. Why do Americans hate the number 13 so much… that we avoid sitting in row 13. Staying on Floor #13. Even going as far as not to travel at all on Friday, the 13th. (I shoulda called in sick… damn.)
Dear readers, here’s what I found…
1.) Twelve, apparently, is the perfect number. There’s twelve months in a year; twelve numbers on your clock. Religiously, Jesus had twelve apostles, Israel separated into twelve tribes; and twelve Imams succeeded Mohammed in the Islamic faith. In this context, the number thirteen is just unsettling and incomplete.
2.) 13 turns make a traditional hangman’s noose. Anything less will not snap a neck. The reason the end of the world is near (according to the Mayan calendar) is that the 13th Baktun is upon us. This phase will end (and so will we) on December 21, 2012.
(Oh, and thirteen people were seated at Jesus’ table, enjoying the last supper. Everyone knows how that turned out…)
3.) And Fridays (despite the excitement that one gets when contemplating the weekend) are pretty unlucky as well. For some reason, stock markets crash and crash some more today. I avoid every single shopping establishment the day after Thanksgiving. And according to Christian Faith, Eve may have tempted Adam with an apple on a Friday; and the Romans crucified Jesus on Friday too.
4.) And some 1996 years later, rapper Tupac Shakur was pronounced dead on Friday, October 13. The death of true musical legend. Tragic.
5.) Okay. Enough with the sappy, sad stuff. So what is the official terminology for this Friday, 13th fear? Of course, it’s a word so long even I’m scared of it. Friggatriskaidekaphobia. Yup. Friggin’ friggatriskaidekaphobia.
If you like some more long words, paraskevidekatriaphobia is interchangeable as well.
(This word is derived from a Greek term for the fear of Fridays and the number thirteen.)
6.) And GOOD NEWS EVERYBODY!!! In a calendar-ial twist of fate, we will have two more Friday the 13th’s this year! (in April and July)