It’s Friday the 13th — but don’t worry

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It’s Friday the 13th, the first of two such occurrences in 2018 (July 13th is the other “unlucky” day).

The fear of Friday the 13th is known as “paraskevidekatriaphobia,” and, reportedly, eight percent of Americans have this fear.

The fear of the number 13 is known as “triskaidekaphobia.”

Interestingly, neither fear ranks in the top 10 of medically recognized phobias, according to the Web site, “FearOf.” Triskaidekaphobia comes in at number 39, while paraskevidekatriaphobia reaches number 46.

The 10 most fearful fears:

  1. Arachnophobia: The fear of spiders.
  2. Ophidiophobia: The fear of snakes.
  3. Acrophobia: The fear of heights.
  4. Agoraphobia: The fear of open or crowded spaces.
  5. Cynophobia: The fear of dogs.
  6. Astraphobia: The fear of thunber/lightning.
  7. Claustrophobia: The fear of small spaces.
  8. Mysophobia: The fear of germs.
  9. Aerophobia: The fear of flying.
  10. Trypophobia: The fear of holes.

You can view a top 100 list of phobias at the FearOf site (www.fearof.net).

A number of good or interesting things have taken place on Friday the 13th. Among them:

  1. The iconic “Hollywood” sign was dedicated in the Hollywood Hills on July 13, 1923.
  2. The accordion was patented on Jan. 13, 1854, in Berlin.
  3. Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase, “nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes,” in a letter dated Nov. 13, 1789.
  4. The music group, Black Sabbath, released its first album on Feb. 13, 1970, marking the birth of heavy metal music.

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