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Millions paralyzed by Friday 13th phobia

Posted on Friday, 13 May, 2011 | Comment icon 37 comments


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To most it's any ordinary day but to some Friday 13th is a time when fear and anxiety go in to overdrive.

Superstitions have lead to Friday 13th being regarded by some as a day when an unusually large amount of bad luck can be expected, it is estimated that up to $900 million is lost in business due to people avoiding the things they'd normally do. Some people have it even worse and suffer from a complete and irrational fear of the day, a condition known as friggatriskaidekaphobia.

"Most Canadians will brave ice pellets hailing from the skies, rush-hour traffic and roads covered in black ice to get to work."

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Comment icon #28 Posted by BlazedAzz on 15 May, 2011, 9:05
i find it very odd considering the planets have nothing to say aboout it
Comment icon #29 Posted by Paracelse on 15 May, 2011, 9:41
Yes I knew some of that which is why I hold them in such high esteem, so few people can claim a faith that cannot be shaken to such an extent and to face death with their dignity and the respect awarded to them by their captors no less, is amazing. On the other end, they were some sort of nut cases.. I mean they only ate fish because they (the Cathares) thought the fishes didn't reproduce (as in sexual activities) which the Cathares didn't prohibit although they were strongly against.
Comment icon #30 Posted by libstaK on 15 May, 2011, 10:04
On the other end, they were some sort of nut cases.. I mean they only ate fish because they (the Cathares) thought the fishes didn't reproduce (as in sexual activities) which the Cathares didn't prohibit although they were strongly against. Well, technically fish don't reproduce sexually (or at least many don't). The roe are laid by the female and then the male comes along and fertilizes them doesn't he? Their anti sexual stance (if you could call it that) is not disimilar to views today which have to do with the dissipation of life force and the effect/s of lust and therefore "fornications" o... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by Paracelse on 15 May, 2011, 10:39
Their anti sexual stance (if you could call it that) is not disimilar to views today which have to do with the dissipation of life force and the effect/s of lust and therefore "fornications" on the soul ie: as in CHI practices today where the energy is sacred and best retained for constructive force than lost to basic self gratifications LOL. I don't think that makes them "nutcases" at all, many sportsmen and women follow the same principles in lead ups to competition so there is something to be said for it surely. The fact that they didn't prohibit sexual activities is a common sense approach... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by libstaK on 16 May, 2011, 8:49
Not if you are taking a Tantric approach to life .. By the way Egyptians and Greek always saw sexuality as a open door to the other side, this is why in Temples like Delphi, you found sacred w-hores who would perform to open the mind of men... (yes women can/could/did {tough to admit} open man's mind). Actually James Frazer in the "Golden Bough" had several paragraphs on "sacred sexuality". The concept of abstinence is concept that was found worldwide (perhaps) but only in the past 2 millenniums, mainly brought by Christian concepts. Monks in Tibet never (or seldom) practiced abstinence. Hmmm ... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by MstrMsn on 17 May, 2011, 8:12
The order of arrest given by Philippe le bel, AKA Philippe the IV started at 6 am Friday the 13th of October 1307.. so the bad luck can occur only if the fatidique day occurs in the month of October and at 6 am.... then the bad luck continues for 7 years til March 18th 6 am when you burn if you haven't been tortured to death during those 7 years. Yeah, but even still... it's only bad luck if you're a Knight Templar....
Comment icon #34 Posted by mattavich123 on 17 May, 2011, 12:32
I have to say, Friday the 13th is a great day to party because I had a fantastic time. I also found 10 on the floor, my lucky charm! Thanks friday the 13th!
Comment icon #35 Posted by Timonthy on 17 May, 2011, 12:34
Who else thinks that the word friggatriskaidekaphobiac rolls beautifully off the tongue!?
Comment icon #36 Posted by libstaK on 17 May, 2011, 14:19
Who else thinks that the word friggatriskaidekaphobiac rolls beautifully off the tongue!? Yeah but I'll always think of it as "frigga WTF'a phobiaca"? after a couple of shouts at the pub
Comment icon #37 Posted by VietRulerZ on 9 July, 2011, 14:12
my birthday was friday the 13th 1996


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