Are you superstitious about the year 2013?

no_13th_floorHappy New Year! But is it really happy for those superstitious about the number 13? For this week’s featured topic, let’s take a look at triskaidekaphobia — the fear of the number 13.

  • The word triskaidekaphobia has Greek origins — triskaideka is 13 in Greek (treis = three, kai = and, deka = ten) and phobia is, of course, fear of.
  • Many believe the superstition has ancient origins. The Babylonian Code of Hammurabi, dating back to 1780 BC, omits a 13th law. Others credit Judas for the superstition. An apostle, Judas betrayed Jesus at the Last Supper and was the 13th to sit at the table. Read more reasons the number 13 is unlucky in this great answer.
  • Did you know? Many high rise buildings do not have a floor 13, either skipping it altogether or substituting it for 12A.
  • The specific fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskevidekatriaphobia. Friday the 13th will occur twice in the year 2013 — Friday, September 13 and Friday, December 13. What is the origin of the fear of Friday the 13th? Check out this answer.

Tell us: Are you superstitious about the number 13? If you are, would you delay a wedding or having a baby in 2013?

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