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The fear of Friday the 13th — officially called paraskevidekatriaphobia — can be so powerful that it had hit the economy of many countries big time
If you are a true fan of friends, Season, the episode "the one with baby shower" will be ingrained in your mind. Joey hosts the game of "Bamboozled" and asks Ross what paraskevidekatriaphobia is. Also Ross chuckles the crowd with his answer, we get to update of vocabulary.
The fear of Friday the 13th — officially called paraskevidekatriaphobia — can be so powerful that it had hit the economy of many countries big time as some people won`t travel or make big purchases on that date.
And if you’re like me and live your life according to superstitions, you’re definitely on high alert, employing every trick you know to keep the universe at bay, and treading on eggshells in case you accidentally incur its wrath.
Here are facts about what is considered the unluckiest date in the calendar.
The fear of Friday the 13th is denoted by a very complicated term, paraskevidekatriaphobia
It is also known as paraskavedekatriaphobia.
The origin of the fear has various roots
The reason why 13 is considered as an unlucky number or a bad omen has its roots in the Christian mythology. Some believe it dates back to The Last Supper where 13 people were present the night before the crucifixion which fell on Friday the 13th.
Others believe it has its origins in events which took place on Friday October 13 1307 when hundreds of Knights Templar were arrested and burnt in France,
Some even believe that it was born of the disappearance of a British Navy ship names HMS Friday which set sail on Friday the 13th and was never seen again.
There is at least one Friday the 13th in every calendar
Handy rule of thumb; if a month starts on a Sunday, it will have a Friday the 13th. So there is no escaping the date. It is hood if you stay out of superstitions on this date
Hotels and hospitals avoid having rooms and floors numbered 13
Call it a superstition, or a bilief, hospitals, airports are vulnerable places where mishaps can happen often. To avoid such mishaps to an an extent, some hotel room are named 12B instead of 13, while some hospitals refuse to include a 13th floor and a number of airports choose not to have a Gate 13.
Airlines suffer from the brunt of travelers` superstition
Research carried out by Jetcost.co.uk that travel rates on the 13th drop by 27%, and airlines have reported fewer bookings for that day.
The stock exchange is also known to take a hit
Researchers at the University of Miami have established that Friday the 13th has an effect on stock markets around the world. Apparently, the worst Friday the 13th for stocks was a loss of 6.1% on Oct. 13, 1989.
Hollywood, on the other hand, generally benefits from it
Not only was the famous Hollywood sign unveiled on Friday 13th 1923, but the Friday the 13th franchise, which includes 12 films, a TV series, a novel and comic series, has grossed hundreds of millions of dollars. Even Hollywood`s, maverick artist, Alfred Hitchcock was born on Friday August 13th 1899
Friday the 13th was also known as Hangman’s Day
There are 13 steps leading to the gallows and 13 knots in a hangman’s noose, people.
An Asteroid Will Safely Fly By the Earth in 2029
On a Friday the 13th! Friday, April the 13th, 2029 to be exact. When 99942 Apophis was discovered in 2004, it was thought to have a small chance of colliding with Earth. But you can rest easy because since then, scientists have revised their findings which show that there is absolutely no risk of the asteroid impacting the Earth or the Moon.
‘I Do’, The Gothic Way
Not all are superstitious about 13th. Couple in Las Vegas in the mood of doing "I Do" can get married at Chapels that offers special zombie, gothic, vampire and “Rocky Horror”-themed ceremonies on Friday the 13th.