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Have You Got Triskaidekaphobia or Paraskavedekatriaphobia?

Today is a bad day for those with triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) or paraskavedekatriaphobia (fear of Friday 13th), but why is Friday 13th in particular considered unlucky?

Well, there is absolutely no logical reason why we should be fearful but there are various theories, most of them rooted in Christianity; which probably explains why we don't believe in them. Stuart Vyse, a leading professor of psychology at Connecticut College in New London, said our fear of Friday the 13th could come from Jesus' betrayal by his apostle Judas. Judas was the 13th guest at the Last Supper, and Jesus' crucifixion fell on a Friday; known as hangman's day. This double whammy created negative thoughts of 13 and Friday. Some biblical scholars also believe Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit on a Friday, and that Abel was slain by his brother Cain on Friday the 13th.

Something that is a bit more plausible to us is the theory of Numerologists, they consider 12 to be a 'complete' number (12 months, 12 Zodiac signs, 12 Olympic Gods, 12 Apostles of Jesus etc), and that 13 is considered a 'wrong un' because its position after 12 means it is beyond being complete.

Some people believe that if a black cat crosses their path it's deemed unlucky, but if this happens on Friday 13th it's devastating! As a cat mom of a black cat, we think they make the world a better place, regardless of the date!

Whatever you believe, we hope you have a safe and happy Friday!


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