Fear of Friday the 13th: being afraid of Friday the 13th
> A superstition that goes by the name of triskaidekaphobia
Do you refuse to sit at a table where there are 13 of you, or to reserve seat n°13 on a train?
If that's you, you're affected by triskaidekaphobia (remember this word, it could be useful in a pub quiz!), the fear of the number 13.
If, in addition to that, you refuse to leave the house every Friday the 13th, you're suffering from paraskevidekatriaphobia.
> Not a rare phobia
Don't worry, you're far from being alone! This superstition is very widespread in the majority of Western countries. You might sometimes find yourself on a street without a number 13, in a building without a 13th floor or in a hotel without a room 13.
In the United States, around $800 million is lost every Friday the 13th because people would prefer to stay at home.*
> But there's no real reason to be afraid... right?
A study published by the British Medical Journal in 1993 actually showed that "the risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52%" on Friday the 13th and that consequently, "staying at home is recommended". Not very reassuring...
* according to a Roach study