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It's Friday. Are you afraid? the 13th. Now are you afraid?

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For real, y’all. Friggatriskaidekaphobia allegedly costs the world somewhere in the vicinity of $750 million, according to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, N.C. That’s because people are crazy superstitious. It’s like the friggatriskaidekaphobia triggers agoraphobia and chrematophobia and hodophobia. And even aerophobia.

It’s all pretty weird that people don’t want to do business, since we don’t think anyone particularly gets ergophobia on Friday the 13th.

So what’s the story? It is definitely a thing. Everyone loves a Friday, but no one likes 13. No 13th floor on buildings, we didn’t see a gate 13 at the airport recently... Ok so Charleston International Airport doesn’t go past gate 10, but whatever. There also isn’t a row 13 apparently on several airplanes.

We understand if you just don’t want to leave the house, because who knows what might happen. But what about shopping? You can do that from home. If you shop on Friday the 13th, will the shipping be delayed? Will the item arrive with pieces missing? We aren’t quite sure what that one is about.

We say go forth and do business. Why not take advantage of the date and get a fun (creepy) tattoo? Maybe go to the animal shelter and adopt a black kitty? Or... maybe just go see a movie to benefit the Charleston Animal Society?

Or, maybe Friday the 13th is an auspicious day for working through your phobias, be they alektorophobia or consecotaleophobia or eisoptrophobia. It’s all giving us a case of hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. Look that up in your Funk & Wagnalls. (Oops, it isn’t in there. Well, do a Google, then.)

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