Locals share Friday the 13th paranoias

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 13, 2011

Do you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia – or the fear of Friday the 13th?

According to folklorists, there is no written evidence for a “Friday the 13th” superstition before the 19th century, and there are many theories about the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition. In numerology, one theory is that the number 12 is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the 12 months of the year, 12 hours of the clock, 12 apostles of Jesus, etc., whereas the number 13 was considered irregular, disrupting this completeness. It has also been suggested that Friday has been considered an unlucky day because, according to Christian scripture and tradition, Jesus was crucified on a Friday.

However, for most Covington County residents, there is a split reaction about the seemingly unlucky day.

Jessica Barnes of Andalusia said she didn’t consider the day “unlucky, per se.”

“I’m just not sure if I would definitely plan doing anything on Friday the 13th,” she said.

Her husband, Daniel, was of the polar opposite opinion.

Little Rayley Barnes (no relation to the Barnes above) said she wasn’t sure was Friday the 13th was, but said she was happy it was Friday.

Gail Mitchell of Andalusia said she wasn’t superstitious.

“Really, but I wouldn’t say that I was definitely going to plan something for that day,” she said. “That would be tempting things.

Christa Williams said people should take a lesson from the popular “Friday the 13th” movies.

“It’s a bad day,” she said. “I don’t do Friday the 13th. It’s scary. I don’t like black cats. I see one; I turn around. And ladders? No way. I don’t own a ladder, and I’m sure not going to walk under one.”

Santerriyah Pitts said she thinks of the day as like any other.

“I’m not superstitious,” she said. “I don’t believe the black cat thing. They say if one crosses your path, you need to turn around. I don’t believe that. I just keep right on driving.”