Friday the 13th

And no, I do not mean the movie.

I once did a presentation on the phenomenon that is Friday the 13th once, way back in Grade 9. It was one of the best assignments a teacher has given, seeing as it gave me an opportunity to research a topic and get something — in this case a  good grade — in return. The down side? I had to make a speech. And I hate public speaking.

On lighter notes, I learned a lot about Friday the 13th. There’s no concrete history behind it, but there sure are a lot of superstitions about it, such as the day Friday (and its history), and the number 13 (and it’s history.

The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia from the Greek word ‘paraskevi’ meaning Friday, ‘dekatria’ meaning thirteen, and we all know what ‘phobia’ means: fear. That’s straightforward enough, right? So why, you may ask, are people afraid of Fridays and the number thirteen? What’s so scary about them together?

That being asked… I don’t really care. Not anymore, anyway. Even though there are a lot of interesting facts and stuff concerning the day, it’s just any other day. I would like to state that there is nothing to be afraid if, all of a sudden, you face the fact that it’s the 13th of the month and yes, it’s Friday. (Like tomorrow!) It’s just another day in another week in another month.

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