Friday, October 13, 2006

Paraskevidekatriaphobia - Friday the 13th!!

Have any of you heard of that term before? Paraskevidekatriaphobia.
Apparently it means "a fear of the day Friday the 13". ha ha ha

These kind of fears, where a person is completely scared of something are called "phobias". Like for example many people are scared of heights. Thats called acrophobia.

This is for all of you who dont know what friday the 13 is all about:

Friday the 13th is considered a "bad luck" day in many countries around the world. According to many people, everything that should not happen, will happen on Friday the 13th.

On Wikipedia it states that:

"Strangely, there is evidence to suggest that Friday the 13th really is actually unlucky.
Psychologists have found that some people are especially likely to have accidents or fall ill on Friday the 13th. This has been attributed to such people feeling a heightened state of anxiety on that day. The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina estimates that in the United States alone, $800 or $900 million is lost in business each Friday the 13th because people will not fly or do business they would normally do.

The date is also well-known in the
motorcycle (biker) community: since 1981, motorcycle enthusiasts and vendors gather every Friday the 13th in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. This tradition started on November 13, 1981 by Chris Simons as a gathering of approximately 25 friends. The event has grown substantially, with an estimated 100,000 people attending in August 2004, as well as music bands, vendors, a bike show, etc.

In the
Spanish-speaking world, it is Tuesday the 13th (as well as Tuesdays in general) that brings bad luck; a proverb runs En martes, ni te cases ni te embarques (on Tuesday, neither get married nor start a journey)."

Interesting eh?
Anyways here's a list of other phobias u might find interesting:

Top 5 phobias
Fear of snakes (ophidiophobia)


Fear of giving a speech (glossophobia)


Fear of heights (acrophobia)


Fear of rodents (musophobia)


Fear of flying (aviophobia)


Others
Papaphobia—fear of the pope (hah yea right)

Scorodophobia—fear of garlic

Pteronophobia—fear of being tickled with feathers (huh?)

Ranidaphobia—fear of frogs

Philematophobia—fear of kissing (damn that must really suck)

Aulophobia—fear of flutes

Ostraconophobia—fear of shellfish

Graphophobia—fear of handwriting

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia—fear of long words (seriously)

Blennophobia—fear of slime

Triskaidekaphobia- a phobia of the number thirteen (oh cmon now thats pathetic)

Gerontophobia—fear of old people

Peladophobia—fear of bald people

Geropeladophobia—fear of old, bald people (the best of both worlds!)

Phobophobia—fear of developing a fear (ure on your own on that one pal)

Well there ya go. Hope u have a great Friday the 13th!

15 comments:

Fo0f said...

Paraskevidekatriaphobia!
wow, that's a long word, I guess thats why I never heard it before =P

Black Orchid said...

Gerontophobia — fear of old people
haha i've never heard of that, it's funny though :P

lil fishy said...

im a bit claustrophobic and im scared of heights. i dont mind roller coasters and stuff, i just dont like height if i dont feel like im secure in my place, get wut i mean?
i think the word for ppl with the fear of long words is annoying. imaginging being scared of long words and having tell ppl its called Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, i think the person would just break down and have a heart attack :p

Euphoria said...

lol, interesting!

taqo said...

I have a phobia. Even my parents think so.
We just dont know what its called yet :/

ren_crow said...

foof
why havent you heard it before? ure the banker! u hear all kinds of long words:p

black orchid
yea especially Geropeladophobia - fear of old balding people:D

lil fishy
wow i think u and foof have something in common after all!:p

euphoria
How true. So do i get a medal now:)

taqo
I bet the only phobia u have is of never being able to eat mexican food again;p

ace said...

friday 13th sucked for me and then u tell me all late about it, y3niy if u had told me a day before i would have been prepared.

Diabz said...

ahmeds birthday was friday the 13th :p

mortalmuslim said...

huh!!!!!!!]
i enjoyed it!

beejay™ said...

lmao :P esp at the fear of fear, old bald ppl and the number 13 lol :P come ON gimme a break!

assholophobia - fear of men :P

lol :P

i have a fear of insects, heights, frying food, clowns, marylin manson and john malkovich..

among many others!

beejay's sis said...

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JЗωЄL® said...

Hey, lovely blog..
My biggest fear is of being tied up and being tickled to death :S Sad? maybe..

Anonymous said...

I didnt find thing that i need... :-(
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Qatar Cat said...

Haha now this is funny. First word I read on your blog is in my language!

Paraskevi - Friday
Dekatria - 13th

Easy :P