Today is Friday the 13th. Did you know that there is actually a scientific term for the fear of the number 13? Psychologists call it “triskaidekaphobia.” The fear of Friday 13th itself is even more unpronouncable: “paraskevidekatriaphobia.”
Today, those with a superstitious bent stay off roads, ladders and black cats. There’s a good chance some people you know—or you yourself—are a little bit more wary today.
There will a two more chances to experience Friday the 13th in 2012. It will also occur in April and July.
If you do decide to lock the door, close the blinds and stay inside today, you probably won't want to watch the horror movie Friday the 13th. If that appeals to you, however, you should know there are 12 movies in that series.