Is 2013 An Unlucky Year?


Just because the year ends in a 13 doesn’t make it any more or less of an an unlucky year.

At least the Philadelphia Inquirer, reporting on the fear some superstitious people have, had the good sense to talk to Margaret Downey about it:

Triskaidekaphobia — the fear of 13 — is a dread so common that some buildings don’t label their 13th floors, some workers fall “sick” every Friday the 13th, and some passengers reschedule a flight if their only choice is a seat in the 13th row.

For Margaret Downey of Pocopson, Chester County, a self-styled “treatment nurse” with the campily named Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center, 2013 is an opportunity to “poke a little fun” while “easing anxiety through education.”

“I went to Fresh Market in Concordville the other day, and my bill came to $13.13,” Downey said Monday in an interview about 13 hours before the start of the New Year. “The cashier said, ‘Oh, my goodness, $13.13! Do you want to buy something else?’

“I just handed her my business card and said, ‘Come to one of our parties. You are way too superstitious.’”

Margaret’s group, the Freethought Society, plans to hold an Anti-Superstition Bash on the next Friday the 13th, in September.

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