Happy Paraskevidekatriaphobia

Friday the 13th.jpgParaskevidekatriaphobia–Fear of Friday the 13th

Fear of the number 13 is traditionally believed  to have gone back to the Last Supper when the 13th person (Jesus and the 12 Apostles), Judas Iscariot betrayed Christ.  Another theory is that on Friday, 13 October 1307,  Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar.  Twelve was considered a safer number than thirteen–twelve signs of the zodiac, twelve months in a year, twelve apostles.  Thirteen was supposedly the number of witches needed to form a coven.

The next Friday the 13th will fall in July.

UVA with JEfferson's statueThomas Jefferson (3rd President of the United States, primary author of the Declaration of Independence, and founder of the University of Virginia) was born on April 13, 1743.  UVA has celebrated Founder’s Day since the University’s first academic session in 1819. Today marks the 275th anniversary of Jefferson’s birth.  Events will be held at both Monticello (Jefferson’s nearby plantation) and on the Grounds of the University of Virginia.


6 thoughts on “Happy Paraskevidekatriaphobia”

  1. It’s also worth noting that 13 is a prime number and that other primes have been thought to share magical properties. We can have seven years of bad luck, but the third time’s the charm (although bad luck also comes in threes — go figure). In Chinese, the number three sounds like the word for “birth”, so is considered much luckier than four, which sounds like “death.” A pair of most things is good, as in a relationship. And of course ONE is always special. The cheese (and the Highlander) stands alone.

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  2. I LOVE this response–it’s both wise and witty. I did not even think of 13 as a prime number–which of course it is. You would be the only one to come up with such a novel response to the blog post. Thanks for sharing.

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