Why fear the 13?


Friday the 13th is commonly referred to as the unluckiest day of the year. In the United States, an estimated 17 to 21 million people suffer from triskaidekaphobia [tris-kahy-dek-uh-foh-bee-uh], or the fear of Friday the 13th. What exactly about this particular day do these millions of people find so terrifying?

The origins of the fear of Fri one of the 13 will die (International Business Times). The basis of this myth is established arouday the 13th are very unclear. The most popular belief is that if 13 people dine together, in a yearnd the Last Supper where Jesus dined with the 12 disciples the night before his crucifixion.

Throughout the history of mankind, the number 12 has also commonly been viewed as a number of completeness. There are 12 months in a year, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 hours on a clock, 12 Apostles of Jesus and many other patterns over the last thousands of years. The number 13 therefore, corrupts what is perceived as completeness earning its unpopularity.

There are many other factors adding to the superstitious beliefs about this day including what many skeptics find as coincidences occurring on this day.

On October 13, 1989, Wall Street saw, what was at the time, the second largest drop of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in history. The company dropped a total of 190.58 points that day. This day therefore earned the nickname the “Friday-the-13th-mini-crash”.

On March 19. 2009, “Saw- the Ride” opened in Thorpe Park, an amusement park in England. This exciting event did not last long resulting in the ride being temporarily shut down the same day for mysteriously malfunctioning.

The most recent coincidental event on a Friday the 13th was the recent attack on Paris, France on November 13, 2015. Over 130 people were killed and at least 350 injured in the recent bombing at the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan Theatre.

Friday the 13th is believed to be a very unlucky day of the year, causing many people to fear it. The number 13 is in fact not usually seen on a street sign or even as a floor number in a hotel where gambling is legal. While many skeptics do not have a clearly defined reason why Friday the 13th is unlucky, many recent events in the last century encourage this common belief.