If you suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia you probably know which day it is – Friday the 13th! The only thing we can say to you for consolation is that is the last “unlucky day” in 2018. So, try to end this day luckily and play some game at Casino Extreme and read on several strange facts about this day of superstition.
The fear of the Friday the 13th has given a scientific name – paraskavedekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví (meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (meaning “thirteen”). It is fear which has developed because of the superstitious belief that since 13 is an unlucky number and Friday is an unfortunate day. So each Friday which has the date 13 will also be awfully unlucky. According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in North Carolina, nearly 17 to 21 million folks in the United States are suffering from this fear.
Origin of fear of number 13
It’s not clear when or why Friday the 13th become an “unlucky day”. Association may be biblical because the 13th guest at the Last Supper betrayed Jesus. Maybe 13 was pronounced as a bad number because it comes after the more-pleasing number 12. There are 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 labor of Hercules.
Social impact of Friday the 13th
Some people are so paralyzed by fear of Friday the 13th that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights, or even getting out of bed. Finland has promoted the National Accident Day to raise awareness about automotive safety, which always falls on a Friday the 13th. That event is coordinated by the Finnish Red Cross.
Driving accidents on Friday the 13th
More than 20 years ago in Great Britain was published a study when concluded that “‘the risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent’ on the 13th”. Lately, that was disproved. In the Netherlands statistically speaking driving is safer on this day and numbers of accidents fall. This is in a relationship with the fact that people are preventively more careful or just stay home.
Whatever your beliefs are, the chances to be lucky on Friday the 13th are actually the same as on any other day. Try your luck today and play amazing games at Casino Extreme.