The term friggatriskaidekaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th. There is only one Friday the 13th in 2011. Will you do anything differently today because it is Friday the 13th (or you may have just noticed it as I did)?
Update: Happy Friday 13, 2012!
Is Friday the 13th a particularly unlucky day? It could be, if you believe it is. Just as some prophecies are self-fulfilling, some beliefs are self-validating.
I have always been aware of the days in the calendar when the 13th falls on a Friday. It reminds me of superstitions I heard as a child. It's a silly notion that Friday the 13th is a day to be feared, but I admit I went through the day being a little more cautious of possible mishaps. Luckily, the day passed with nothing out of the ordinary.
I was surprised to read that there is only one Friday the 13th in 2011. I wonder how often that happens. Thanks for teaching me a new word.
I can spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, too, I think.
This all comes from having been athird grade student who didn't get out of her room in the spelling bee competition because she put an "e" in pony. Rough growing up in a family with two sisters who went to the State Spelling Bee and did very well. I don't remember if they won, but I certainly remember the word that got me "kicked out of the running." ;-)
There is actually a phobia list on the internet somewhere. I used it with my students in written communication one year around a Friday the 13th. They had to choose a phobia, research it, and come up with a written report and a humorous presentation of their own choosing based on their research. The results were hillarious and we had an opportunity to discuss fear, what was worth being afraid of, and coping techniques that the students used when they felt afraid. We live in an area that embraces faith experiences, so many of the students were able to openly express their beliefs in prayer and the strength they receive from their faith. I was proud of them for not being afraid to state their beliefs at school.
Yes - I should have thought to add it before - good save!
I didn't have anything to do with creating it - I just found it and the students had a great time using it.
Yes, it's April 13, 2012 and it's Friday the 13th again!
I heard a Facebook post on the news this morning (don't you love how social media is creeping into the news shows) that said there are more Friday the 13ths than Tuesday the 13ths or Thursday the 13ths?
I figured this was just a case of what is in front of you and rings a note with you makes it more important, but look at these statistics.
The distribution of the 13th day over the last 4,800 days:
Day of the week/Number of occurrences
"Each Gregorian 400-year cycle contains 146,097 days (365 × 400 = 146,000 normal days, plus 97 leap days) and they equal 146,097 days, total. 146,097 ÷ 7 = 20,871 weeks. Thus, each cycle contains the same pattern of days of the week (and thus the same pattern of Fridays that are on the 13th). The 13th day of the month is slightly more likely to be a Friday than any other day of the week. On average, there is a Friday the 13th once every 212.35 days (compared to Thursday the 13th, which occurs only once every 213.59 days)." Excerpt taken from Friday the 13th article on Wikipedia.
So far so good this Friday the 13th morning (but it is only morning)! I like to keep my eyes open for interesting behavior on Friday the 13ths because sometimes, you may catch others' apprehensive actions. This morning, I saw a person catch himself from walking underneath a ladder near an area where someone was changing a lightbulb.