The ten-dollar word of this day should be ” Triskaidekaphobia “. Not to fancy of a word for some, but plenty fancy if you use this word at a party. Of course people will look at you as some sort of geek who’s favorite book is the dictionary. Others will look at you as some brain. We will keep this a secret, your secret that your favorite cartoon is ” pinky and the brain.” But the fancy word has a meaning that has affected you in some ways in your life already. You may know just what I’m saying at this point or you may not. But this is a fact of life, people will grab at all most anything to explain the unexplainable. This in it self creates “Triskaidekaphobia “.
Or maybe it was what Benjamin Franklin writes down. ” Everything appears to promise that it will last; But in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. ” Friday, Nov. 13,1789
But the word points to a bigger problem to everyday influences on our life, then death and taxes. About 800 to 900 million dollars is lost on fear of these days. The day that causes people to have ” Triskaidekaphobia “. That’s right! People are found to have a higher degree by percentage a chance to have an accident in their autos on this day then other days. People choose to avoid going to work, or even leaving their homes. All to avoid toying with the dark side of ” Triskaidekaphobia. ”
A mathematician B H Brown, calculated that when you consider putting in to the equation leap years. The calendar will repeats itself exactly every 400 years, or every 4800 months. In his calculations, Fridays that are also the 13th day of the month have happened 688 times ( with Mondays having 687 times a close second.) This also explains why we all hate to go to work on Mondays, and tend to skip work on Fridays.
So the meaning of the word is:
Triskaidekaphobia (from Greek tris meaning “3”, kai meaning “and”, deka meaning “10” and phobia meaning “fear” or “morbid fear”) is fear of the number 13; it is a superstition and related to a specific fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia.
This friday is also the 13 day of january 2012. Do you fear it? If you do. You may have…
Some Christian traditions have it that at the Last Supper, Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th to sit at the table. However, the Bible itself says nothing about the order at which the Apostles sat. Also, the number 13 is not uniformly bad in the Judeo-Christian tradition. For example, the attributes of God (also called the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy) are enumerated in the Torah (Exodus 34:6–7). Some modern Christian churches also use 13 attributes of God in sermons.
Triskaidekaphobia may have also affected the Vikings—it is believed that Loki in the Norse pantheon was the 13th god—more specifically, Loki was believed to have engineered the murder of Balder, and was the 13th guest to arrive at the funeral. This is perhaps related to the superstition that if 13 people gather, one of them will die in the following year. Another Norse tradition involves the myth of Norna-Gest: when the uninvited norns showed up at his birthday celebration—thus increasing the number of guests from ten to thirteen—the norns cursed the infant by magically binding his lifespan to that of a mystic candle they presented to him.
Ancient Persians believed the twelve constellations in the Zodiac controlled the months of the year, and each ruled the earth for a thousand years at the end of which the sky and earth collapsed in chaos. Therefore, the number is identified with chaos and the reason Persians leave their houses to avoid bad luck on the thirteenth day of the Persian Calendar, a tradition called Sizdah Bedar.
On Friday 13 October 1307, the Knights Templar were ordered to be arrested by Philip IV of France. A theory has been suggested, in the book Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry by John J. Robinson, that the Templars went underground among masons in England and later developed into Freemasons. Because a few of the founding fathers of the United States of America were Freemasons, it is possible that the memory of that day is preserved in the Friday the 13th.
Interesting just how things come about. We as people want to know that what is unknowable for the most part. The unknown is the problem for us. It gives us uncertainties, or uneasy feelings about our life’s. But we aren’t supposed to know every thing, or what would be the surprise to us then.
I find it funny about people who have fear of this kind of things. It is different to me, and just silly. But there are people who will not cross a black cat, go underneath a ladder, fear braking a mirror. I on the other hand only fear getting thirteen bills in my mail box, when there is only 12 checks left in my checkbook.
On friday, 13, 1980 we had the movie ” Friday the 13 ” open in theaters. What happen to us all on that day that was also bad? Prehaps it was the producers of the movie that saw the box office receipts that also decided to make 12 more movies.
In april, 1970 NASA decided to launch the 13th Apollo moon mission. At no other time then 1313 hours central time. The first names of the three astronauts ( James, Fred, John ) also totaled up to have 13 letters to them. On the 13 day of that month of April, an oxygen tank exploded and the mission was aborted. Was it toying with dark forces?
Dark forces, have interesting things to do with the number 13 as well. When you consider names, of these evil people. ” Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy “. Okay 13 letters in the astronauts is just nuts right? But these dark murders also had 13 letters to their names as well.
What happened to Adolf Hitler? Far short of the 13 letters for evil in his name. Did he start the whole thing? I think he has some silent letters in his name, and over time they were just left out. So the english spelling is what it is. But there is no argument that he was the most evil person. He did start WWII in the year of 1939. There is that number of 39.
You are probably counting the letters to your name by now, just to see if you’ll go postal! ( Postal, a term for shooting people at work when postal workers at one time did so, in the not so distant past.) But the number of letters in the term of ” Postal ” well short of 13. Is 13 just bad, do to the odd number that it is? If so why not the number 39? It is 3 X 13. So it’s 3 X as bad? Did Hitler know this? In Iran the number 39 is the number feared most, or was that mostly feared as well? It is true that the number 72 is almost God like to these people and their religion. The number of virgins that a suicide bomber will get in heaven for being an evil murderous person. I guess the joke on them? They will be surprised that the only virgins they will find is 72 other guys claiming, you’re the new bitch in town. But that part was a lie! They all, the other 71 guys didn’t just sit and wait for you to arrive to make 72 of you, did they?
Prehaps there is something to 13. 13 stairs to the gallows. Just to be unlucky. It is true! That’s why they made 13 stairs to the gallows. Many more to get to heaven according to Led zeppelin. But they did say that some times words have two meanings. Dont wast too much time thinking about that just play their records backwards. You will know!
Heaven is a state of mind, or is it a real place? Just a thought off subject. But God does have a sence of humor! Just ask when and if you find yourself around 71 other guys. All of you with the same ringing in your ears, form occupational work related hazards that you all share.
Getting back on track now! Most homes that also have stairs in them, are broken up by some kind of landings, but count the stairs there are 13 of them. If the stairs are just one long stairway there is 14 or 15 stairs. Why?
Skyscrapers count the floors of the buildings by skipping 13. Calling it 12a, or just going to 14. But is it really just a missed named floor.
Is there a house number some where of 1313 SE 13th place? May find it in the zip code of 7734. ( Upside down 7734 spells hell. ) I got that from Led Zeppelin, and the return address from Bin Laden envelope. Just arrived empty. I guess someone else had the need to find some info on him?
13 is just over done I’m sure. But the fact that the number of accidents are higher on friday the 13th when ever they happen, as a posed to any other day with the number 13 to it. Well is that just unexplainable, should we also look to see if that is a full moon night. We may be onto something.
Well thought I would point out some silly things about the friday the 13 fear, also known as ” Triskaidekaphobia “. The real fear should be ” Taxaphobia ” and that’s april 15. Funny it is also an odd number. Well I will be celebrating friday the 13 this friday by going out to eat at friday’s. But I’m going to the thirteen coins right after for desert. I hope they live up to their names. But with the name thirteen coins. I’m sure I will not get out of the building for the low-cost of some kind of thirteen coins in my pockets. I’m not going over the top with this, because my name has 13 letters in it. Nothing I can do about that but blame my parents. Or is it, those of us with unlucky names like this, are just tiny time bombs of evil, cursed by the number 13? I just bet the first person who came up with all of this nonsense had 13 letters in his or her name as well. He or she couldn’t count that high to know! They probably were born a long time ago like on friday the 13, 1313 or some such….
The end of the world as we know it in the year 2012? Is just wrong. They didn’t get the memo. It didn’t happen in 1313. So It is safe to say it will not happen 2012, but lets look at 3039 a bit closer. Al Gore maybe on to something. That’s about the time we all fry like an egg in a fry pan, according to his calculations do to global warming isn’t it? Or was Al Gore’s dad ” Jayson “, from the movie Friday the 13? The idea just like Jayson, will not die, and that explains the silly look on his face! Oh well have some fun with this on” Triskaidekphobia day ! ” Maybe a good time to give it some thought. I trust my driving but others…?
All the best!
Thanks to my references of : Wikipedia, and your fears this post was possible.