Are you afraid of Friday the 13th?Then that means you suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobia.
Definition: a persistent, irrational fear of Friday the 13th.
The superstitious say if you can pronounce the term, you will be cured of the phobia. In case you're anything like us, you will need a pronouncer. Say it with us: para-skev-EE-dek-a-tri-a-pho-bia.
Here is a closer look at some of the most surprising, strange, and silly Friday the 13th superstitions.
Rumor has it, if you walk under a ladder it will lead to your own hanging. The myth dates back to the medieval age. Good news: you might be able to avoid it if you say “bread and butter” as you walk under. If you have already done it, try crossing your fingers until you see a dog.
An old wives’ tale says children born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life. So far, though, teve Buscemi, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Kat Dennings appear to be doing alright, and they were all born on Friday the 13th.
Many customers are afraid to make big purchases on the hallowed day. But it is bad news for businesses who typically lose hundreds of millions of dollars on Friday the 13th because of people’s reluctance to shop.