Sunday, September 15, 2013

More on Friday the 13th from Rutgers

It looks like I'm not done with the Friday the 13th research a bit late.  Here are some more stories from Rutgers University that I included in Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (IgNobel Prizes) on Daily Kos.

Friday the 13th Superstitions

Feeling superstitious today? From avoiding black cats to stepping on a crack, superstitions exist everywhere - especially on Friday the 13th. Watch our video to hear what Rutgers students have to say about superstitions and find out why one student won't whistle indoors.
Do You Suffer from Triskaidekaphobia?
Friday the 13th as a day of ill luck is one of America's most popular superstitions
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
By Carla Cantor
Do you suffer from triskaidekaphobia? If so, then you’re probably not looking forward September 13, which falls on a Friday this year.

Triskaidekaphobia, which means the fear of Friday the 13th, is derived from Greek words tris meaning "3," kai meaning "and," deka meaning "10"  – and it's extremely common.  With September 13 around the corner, Rutgers Today spoke with Mike Petronko, director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology  at Rutgers about Friday the 13th and the psychology of superstition.
I'll likely recycle these stories in December, too.

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