Paraskavedekatriaphobia!

 

Friday again

Friday, the 13th! Does this day scare you?

Are you afraid to leave the house, step on a crack, or walk under a ladder? If so, then you suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobia or…fear of Friday, the 13th!

There’s no concrete proof of how or where this date became so unlucky. Myths range from thirteen people being present during the Last Supper of Christ, to Phillip the IV of France arresting hundreds of Knights Templar on Friday, October 13th, 1307.

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day, making it the most feared day and date in history. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed.

Wow! That’s nearly ten percent of the population! Are you among that number? If so, keep calm and don’t worry. The good thing about Friday the 13th is it ends…like every other day, and before you can blink, you’re staring another Monday in the face.

Now there’s a day to be feared! (And fear of Mondays is called Lunaediesophobia!)

Enjoy the weekend!

 

I Am That Child

Had to share!

Art by Rob Goldstein

I am that child who watched in horror
as a policeman shot and killed my
Father.

I am that child gunned down
at school; my last words were,
Help me! I don’t want to be here!”

I am that child tortured and beaten
and left in a field to die because
I am gay.

I am that child who listens
fearfully as a rich white lady
on TV says that my life does
not matter.

I am every child who has ever gone to
bed hungry

And cold

And homeless

And illiterate

And sick

Because of the evil of adults who know what
they do.

And If I grow up I will shit on your streets

And feed your prisons

And live as evidence of your contempt for life

And the human spirit

And your bestial need for more.

I am the battered face of your hate.

Look at…

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