Friday, December 13, 2019

The Infographics Shows asks why are we afraid of Friday the 13th and the number 13?

Happy Friday the 13th!  Instead of telling my readers to drink up under a full moon, I'm being a good environmentalist and recycling the concept behind Brain Stuff explains why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky by sharing a video from The Infographics Show, Why Are We Afraid of Friday the 13th and the Number 13?

As the video points out, there are cultures that don't share our fear of the number 13 in general and Friday the 13th in particular, although they also have unlucky numbers.  I don't know of many Americans who think 4 is an unlucky number like the Chinese do, for example.  There's a reason for that superstition that The Infographics Show does not mention.  The word for four sounds like the word for death in Mandarin and other east Asian languages.  This means April the 4th is considered unlucky.  Hmm.

Enough about triskaidekaphobia.  Stay tuned for posts about Time Magazine's Athlete of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.

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