Friday the 13th


Do you avoid walking under ladders or find yourself sprinting like an Olympian to avoid  crossing paths with a black cat? For most people, the fear of Friday the 13th stems from the number thirteen itself. To many, the number thirteen is an occult number to avoid and beware of. Add Friday in front of the number and you have a petrifying day.


Fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning “thirteen”), according to Wikipedia. According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, NC, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day, making it the most feared day and date in history. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed.


Many multi-story buildings don’t have a 13th floor because it’s considered unlucky. Builders will either stop at the 12th floor or skip straight to the 14th. If you’re looking for a thirteenth story condo in New York, you better plan on looking for a long, long time..


Friday is generally considered a good day to list a property, but some agents or clients will avoid listing on a Friday if followed by a 13. Some customers will also avoid closing or moving on Friday the thirteenth. Would a bad case of paraskevidekatriaphobia prevent you from buying a home on such a day?



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