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Nov 13 2009


by Vivian A

What in the world is that? Fear of Friday the 13th. It’s derived from the Greek words meaning – Paraskevi (Friday) dekatreis (thirteen) and phobia (fear). Or for a slightly shorter word try out Triskaidekaphobia – fear of the number thirteen.

Friday, November 13 marks the third and final Friday the Thirteenth of this year. This special date occurs at least once and at most three times in a year. The next triple date is in 2015. That’s a long time to wait to use as cool a word as Paraskevidekatriaphobia.

To celebrate why not check out Lemony Snicket’s thirteenth book in a Series of Unfortunate Events also released on Friday, October 13th, 2006. Who knows, it may be your lucky day.

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Sondra November 13, 2009 at 5:01 PM

In Spanish-speaking countries it’s Tuesday the 13th, or “martes trece,” that you have to watch out for. Tuesday is associated with Mars, the god of war, and the number 13 seems to have a bad reputation no matter where you go!

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