Friday 13th Real or Not

Friday 13th

This article is dedicated to those guests who booked our annual Friday 13th Tour but, had to be rescheduled due to safety issues as a result of unforeseen weather events in the Houston area.

For those of us who have an unnatural fear of this day, actually suffer from a medical condition called Paraskevidekatriaphobia.  Yes, this is real medical diagnosis.

Prior to the 19th Century, Friday 13th this “most feared day” did not exist.  Another curious fact is that Friday 13th is a unique construct of Western Civilization.  This anomaly doesn’t exist in any other part of the world.  It has been documented that over 21 million people are paralyzed by fear every time this day rolls around on the calendar.  So much so, some people refuse to go to work on Friday 13th while others won’t eat in restaurants and, still others wouldn’t think of setting a wedding to take place on this date.

Some of the urban legends associated with this day are that if 13 people sit down to dinner together, one will die within the year. The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894). Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue. Many buildings don’t have a 13th floor. If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil’s luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names). There are 13 witchesin a covenLegend has it: Never change your bed on Friday; it will bring bad dreams. If you cut your nails on Friday, you cut them for sorrow. Never start a trip on Friday or you will encounter misfortune. Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck, as in the tale of H.M.S. Friday. Accordingly, it’s the most widespread superstition in the United States today.

All in all, fear of this day whether it’s real or not, lies locked deep inside the recesses of our psyche cloaked in the shadows of the catacombs of the human mind.  Believe if you will but, keep in mind that we are the creators of our fears.

© J.F. Dietz 2012


About James Franklin Dietz
James Franklin Dietz is a ULC Minister, Historian, Paranormal Investigator, Lecturer, Speaker, and Author specializing in Supernatural History, Paranormal Investigation, Ghosts, UFOs, “Crypto” Zoology, Ancient Symbols, Conspiracy Theories, Parapsychology, and Secret Societies. He is also the founder and owner of Asylum Paranormal. As a child, my babysitters were Lon Chaney, Vincent Price, and Boris Karloff who I consider to be the true “Masters of Horror”. Growing up with monsters, ghosts, and “creatures of the night” spawned a three decade long love affair with the paranormal and things that go “bump in the night”. In 2005, I began collaborating with Kasey Clark in the development of Haunted Houston Tours which opened its doors for business in 2010 offering Historical Ghost Tours in the Houston Metropolitan Area every day of the year. From its inception Haunted Houston Tours has grown into a thriving business providing its patrons a “living history” of one of the most haunted towns in Texas and has been featured in the Houston Chronicle, ABC Channel 13 News, and local Community Magazines. In my role as manager of Haunted Houston Tours, I provide mentorship for its staff and make “special appearances” as a guest Tour Guide. In 2013, Kasey Clark, owner of Haunted Houston Tours, approached me again on a new project. Immediately, we teamed and began collaborating on the development of Haunted Lafayette Tours which held its Grand Opening on October 1st offering Historical Ghost Tours in the Lafayette Metropolitan Area every day of the year. From the time Haunted Lafayette Tours opened its doors for business it was an instant media sensation and has been featured on “Good Morning Acadiana”, KATC Channel 3, and as front page news in both the morning and evening editions of The Daily Advertiser newspaper. Haunted Lafayette Tours Provides its guests with a hauntingly insightful look into the seedy underbelly of an innocent looking college town in Louisiana termed “the most haunted State in the U.S.” In my role as manager of Haunted Lafayette Tours, I provide mentorship for its staff and make “special appearances” as a guest Tour Guide. In addition to managing both companies, I am a contributing writer for Paranormal Underground Magazine on a regular basis. Currently, I reside in Lafayette, Louisiana with my wife and two dogs where I am featured as a regular Speaker at Ghost Hunters University giving lectures on “Basic”, “Intermediate”, and “Advanced” Paranormal Investigation. When I’m not speaking, lecturing, giving tours, managing my blog and writing articles, you can find me conducting active paranormal investigations gathering information for my next book.

One Response to Friday 13th Real or Not

  1. Ruben says:

    I read the article about Ouija boards and am totally like you. Will NOT buy,play, or introduce it to another human being. They even have what they call ‘Angel Boards’ looking all pretty and innocent with pictures of angels on it. It’s the same demonic disguise to lure the nieve. I personally feel if anyone messes with this board the first entity to jump to play will be a demonic charlatain named Uncle/ Aunt so and so.

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