Friday, February 13, 2009

Triskaidekaphobia

You might want to check today's date. Unless you're superstitious. Then you definitely don't want to look and, instead, flee back to bed under the covers.

Today is Friday the 13th. Wikipedia tells us that is occasion for triskaidekaphobia, or fear of the number 13. Specifically fear of Friday the 13th can also be termed "paraskevidekatriaphobia" or the always popular "friggatriskaidekaphobia." I'm not kidding! You can check it and much more out here. Of course, not everyone believes in Wikipedia but then not everyone is superstitious either.

Some Christians trace the fear of that number 13 back to their belief that Judas Iscariot, who later allegedly betrayed Jesus, was the 13th person to sit at the table at the Last Supper.

But, y'know what? Not all Christians believe in this number 13 stuff. For a prime example, there is Kurt Warner . . the quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals. He's one of those "Born Again" types who always thanks God for every victory. This has been his uniform number for years.


'Course you might note that Warner's team lost this year's Super Bowl. But hey! Who would have thought the Cardinals would even be IN the Super Bowl?

If you are superstitious, here's something you might want to consider. Assuming you get/got through today all right, you might want to gather your strength. There's another Friday the 13th just four weeks away!

7 comments:

  1. I was born on Friday the 13th as was my mom. In fact, today is my birthday and so far it's fine.

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  2. When I was at school we believed that as long as you wore something green on Friday 13th, you'd be ok. With a blue and grey uniform, the whole school was wearing green knickers ;-) x

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  3. QD - Happy birthday!

    Kitty - Uh..........photos???

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  4. I never heard about green knickers!
    My Grandmother said her mother was so superstitious they found it hard to live! So we were taught it is all nonsense!

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  5. It probably is all nonsense but I still like the idea of green knickers!

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  6. I like that picture. The Raider chasing number 13. Did he catch him?

    Steve in Germany

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  7. Looks like he's about to but I think Warner got the pass off. For a touchdown. Yeah. That's the ticket.

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