13 Apr Superstition is the thing!
Welcome to Friday, April 13. This is the first time this year that the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday. Good news – you’ll only have one more Friday the 13th to deal with for the entire year, that will be in July.
Did you know that every year has at least one Friday the 13th, but apparently there are never more than three of them in any particular year? (There are math equations that explain why this is so but we’re willing to take it on faith.) It’s a little easier to understand that if the month begins on a Sunday, that means the 13th will fall on a Friday.
In honor of today’s date, Brian Handwerk took a look at why Friday the 13th scares us for readers of National Geographic. “There’s no logical reason to fear the occasional coincidence of any day and date,” he says. “But Friday the 13th can still have noticeable impacts. Sometimes we create them in our own minds—for good and ill.”
Of course, what Handwerk calls our “collective triskaidekaphobia” is only one of many well-known superstitions. Even if you don’t really believe, you might avoid walking under a ladder or opening an umbrella inside the house. Have you ever kept a rabbit’s foot in your pocket or on your keychain? Do you feel sorry for someone who breaks a mirror even if you don’t think they really are condemned to seven years of bad luck?
We couldn’t find any common superstitions associated with fences. But if you were unlucky enough to break a mirror it’s even more important that you don’t take chances when you’re looking for a wooden fence company. When you hire Zepco Fence to install your residential wood fence or your commercial fence, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with our more than 40 years of experience serving the homeowners and businesses of Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
Stuart Vyse, a professor of psychology at Connecticut College in New London, told National Geographic that the roots of our fear of Friday the 13th may be rooted in religious beliefs. In the Christian church, Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th guest at the Last Supper. Combine that with the fact that Jesus was crucified on a Friday, and you have a reasonable theory.
“Some biblical scholars also believe Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit on a Friday, and that Abel was slain by his brother Cain on Friday the 13th,” Handwerk adds.
Most of us aren’t worried about making it through the day today, but there are people who take this particular superstition very seriously. “They may refuse to travel, buy a house, or act on a hot stock tip, and these inactions can noticeably slow economic activity, according to the late Donald Dossey, a folklore historian and founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute who spoke with National Geographic in 2013,” Handwerk says. Dossey that businesses lose anywhere between $800 to $900 million [U.S.] every time Friday the 13th shows up on the calendar.
“Ironically, people heeding their superstitious fears may be passing up a chance to spend the day in a slightly less dangerous world,” Handwerk says. “A 2008 study by the Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics revealed that fewer traffic accidents occur on Friday the 13th than on other Fridays. Reports of fire and theft also dropped, the study found.”
If you want to install a PVC fence, an ornamental fence or maybe a modern wooden fence, you don’t need to see a penny and pick it up to have good luck – just call Zepco Fence!