If the thought of merely leaving the house this Friday the 13th has you spooked, you’re not alone. The Stress Management Centre and Phobia Institute, based in Asheville, N.C., estimates that $800 million to $900 million US is lost every time the 13th of the month falls on a Friday, as people avoid doing business or flying.
The official names for fear of Friday the 13th are friggatriskaidekaphobia and paraskevidekatriaphobia [now that is a mouthful indeed].
Sufferers of this day can have symptoms as severe as panic attacks.
Stuart Vyse, professor of psychology at Connecticut College, said the superstition that associates Friday the 13th with bad luck is one of the most widespread in Western culture.
Add to that a black cat and you might have real troubles on today I’m thinking!
An article on the National Geographic website reports that between 17 million and 21 million people in the U.S. suffer from some degree of fear related to the day.
And many today are posting all over social media about this day, and yet they still wish each other “HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH” in the process of it!
Never trust a rabbit that tries to sell you his foot.
Never walk under a mirror or break a black cat.
4-leaf clovers are lucky today — but not if you smoke them.
The number “13” is very unlucky–especially if it’s the only one you can get on the drugstore blood pr…essure machine.
It is very unlucky today if a black cat crosses your path or gets flushed down your toilet.
Walking under a ladder can be very unlucky today — especially if it’s at the drugstore the 16-year-old with zits is climbing down with a barbecue grill.
Stepping on a cricket can very extremely unlucky today — especially for the cricket.
Wearing garlic around your neck today will ward off evil spirits. It will also ward off good spirits, indifferent spirits, and any other spirits with noses.
A rabbit’s foot is not lucky. If you don’t believe me, ask the rabbit.
Wearing a lucky penny between your toes means good luck and blisters.
For good luck, hang a horseshoe over your front door. For really good luck, hang the entire horse over your front door.
Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. But don’t worry about it. After rearing you, mom probably would enjoy traction.
Horseshoes usually bring good luck today, but never trust a horse that wears high heels.
If you think walking under a step-ladder is unlucky, try walking under your step-mother.
A rabbit’s foot can be lucky, unless the rabbit sets foot in your garden, in which case he’ll probably eat your stringbeans…