Here are five of our favorite Friday-the-13th facts:
1. Fear of Friday the 13th - one of the most popular myths in science - is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.
2. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor and some airline terminals omit Gate 13.
3. President Franklin D Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.
4. Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. "It was bad luck," Twain later told the friend. "They only had food for 12." Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.
5. The number 13 suffers from its position after 12, according to numerologists who consider the latter to be a complete number - 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 days of Christmas and 12 eggs in a dozen. Absolutely TRUE right??
Friday the 13th, the most widespread superstition
The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times, and their inevitable conjunction from one to three times a year (there happen to be three such occurrences in 2009, two of them right in a row) portends more misfortune than some credulous minds can bear. According to experts it's the most widespread superstition in the United States/China & most of the countries around the globe today. Some people won't go to work on Friday the 13th; some won't eat in restaurants; many wouldn't think of setting a wedding on the date.
One fine day, late in the evening (the day was 13th) while i was busy doing a very very important task (sleeping zzZ, just reached home for Uni semester break) while my mum was cooking in the kitchen, i heard my mum shouting loudly...
Amma : Ayoooooo, nithya!! Karuppu punnai vithu kuleh vanterechuuuu..Sikerem va..
Me : Rushed to the kitchen & i saw a black cat looking at us innocently without fear that we might will 'adikeraning' it with mop.
Amma : Yena parthethu irukeh? Sikerem adichi torethu...Karuppu punnai vithukuleh vantha adhu vithuku nalathu ileh..
Me : Thinking to myself. Inteh punai yena pavam panechooo. Ningeh samicheh vasanai leh vithukuleh vanterechu. Oru velhai passi leh vantherekelam..Haihs. So i go near the punnai (the cat was standing at the same place without any reaction) & try to push it away. It was so stubborn & doesnt even want to move from that place. When i try to 'toretheran' it, it went & hide behind our house sofa. Another side, my mum was holding a mop. I am an animal lover (though i might at sometime abuse it, hehehe), but i didnt have the heart to 'thoreteraning' the cat by using some kitchen appliances.
I managed to catch the cat & went outside of the house and 'thurema uthethan' in a malay house. Back at home, my mum was very worried & the cat's face was haunting her. I know my mum very well & she's not the typical indian ladies who's fussy about such myths but some rather how, this incident really disturbed her.
After 2 days, my elder brother met an accident & he was on MC for 5 days. My appa had some problem with his job. My mum started to have some kind of pain on her leg. My younger brother was having a trauma at his work. And lastly, me....I fell sick & hardly can even walk. It didnt heal after a week although i had consulted a few doctor's...Now, dont we call it A mysterious thing??
The mystery remains unsolved..Nan soldrethu yelam unmai, unmai thavarai vereh yethevum ilaiiiii!!!~