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 or plane?
If that's you, you're affected by triskaidekaphobia (remember that word, it could be useful for your weekly trivia night), or 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 alone! This superstition is widespread in the Western world. You could easily 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 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".Yikes!
* according to a Roach study