Yikes! According to some Phobia institute there are about 20 million Americans scared today. This is an unlucky day for them. Why? Hell if I know and neither do they, or you.
In Italy the unlucky day is Friday the 17th.
In Greece and most Spanish speaking countries, it’s Tuesday the 13th that’s a day of bad luck.
Other strange statistics show that Friday the 13th is usually a safer day. Maybe more people are cautious and they are staying home…hiding from the certain bad luck facing them outside.
Even though the Italians are hung-up on Friday the 17th, the great composer Rossini let it be known that he didn’t like the number 13 and didn’t like Fridays. He felt they were both unlucky. Interestingly he died in 1868 on Friday the 13th.
By the way, Rossini’s fear of Friday the 13th, and his subsequent death on that date was written about and may have been one of the earliest writings that started this whole silly mythology.
Christians have linked the “unlucky” 13 pictured at the Last Supper and of course Good Friday wasn’t a lucky day. Except reasonable people understand that those dates of Easter and Christmas are just made up by the church because they were always pagan holidays and they wanted some competition to pull people into the pews.
Directly tied into the Last Supper ‘13’ is a similar belief held by ancient pagan Norse mythology. They believed that 13 people sitting around a dinner table would result in the death of one of them.
Friday was considered unlucky in the Canterbury Tales (1475) so that may have started the “Friday” thing.
Whatever started it, rest assured the 24-hour news cycle will keep it alive because what else are they going to talk about today? Maybe they will even try to pronounce the actual name for the “Friday the 13th Phobia.” If you have this fear you are suffering from “friggatriskaidekaphobia.”