Do you suffer from triskaidekaphobia? How about paraskevidekatriaphobia? Or even friggatriskaidekaphobia? I’d wager most people know that triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13. Perhaps just as many know that paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th. I’m guessing fewer know that friggatriskaidekaphobia also means a fear of Friday the 13th, but is named after the Norse goddess Frigg (after whom Friday is named in English). Basic Wikipedia stuff, right?
I had no idea that paraskevidekatriaphobia was the number one superstition in America or that between roughly 17M-21M Americans suffer from triskaidekaphobia. Are people that religious that they hold to the Judas being the 13th member seated at the Last Supper? Or, that Jesus died on the cross on a Friday? Or is their belief so old that it goes back to Norse mythology and Loki being the 13th god in the pantheon? Or has the superstition persisted so long now that it’s shed its former religious roots and taken on a life all its own? Honestly, I don’t get it.
Here’s my list of 13 Things Scarier Than Friday 13th:
13. Glittery/sparkly monsters
12. Colby Rasmus Being The First To Accept A Qualifying Offer
11. Apple Fandom
10. Pumpkin Spice Mania
9. Anything Taylor Swift-related
8. iRobot/iCarly/iZombie mashup
6. Marty Robbins’ Warblings
5. Dez Bryant/Dallas Cowboys
4. The Walking Dead’s Glenn Is/Isn’t Dead Debate
1. A Donald Trump Presidency
Do you have a list? Share it?