Originally posted on CBS Miami:
MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Today is Friday the 13th, a date many people associate with bad luck, but is Friday the 13th as unlucky as many people believe?
Not likely, but don’t tell that to someone who hides under the covers every time Friday the 13th rolls around on the calendar because that person probably suffers from paraskevidekatriaphobia, the scientific word for someone who has a fear of Friday the 13th.
It’s derived from the Greek words for Friday and thirteen with phobia, or fear, tacked on.
There are many theories about why Fridays which fall on the 13th day of the month are unlucky.
Some believe that the Friday the 13th superstition has an origin in Norse mythology. In one story, the evil god Loki is said to have crashed a party with 12 guests and tricked the blind god Hod into killing his brother Balder, the god of light…
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