Friday, 13 February 2009

Friday the thirteenth

Paraskevidekatriaphobia, or fear of Friday 13th, is probably the most widespread superstition in Western countries.

But is it mere superstition? I always used to think so. But what is really interesting is that a study conducted by the British Medical Journal shows there is very good reason to stay at home on a day like today:

"The risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52%. Staying at home is recommended."


But why do we fear Friday the thirteenth anyway?

Well, some believe that it is because 13 people attended the Last Supper, while Jesus’ Crucifixion took place on a Friday.

All a load of tosh? Maybe. But I believe in it.

Cos who needs a better reason to take the day off work and take it easy?!