The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center:
An Entertaining Way to Cure Yourself of Superstitious Behaviors
- Party Planning
- School Presentations
- Joke/Gift Visits
- Educational Literature
- Television and Radio Interviews
We are pleased to announce that we are producing the 2013 PA State Atheist/Humanist conference. This will be our second annual conference – We’re working very hard to top last year’s fantastic event!
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It will be located at the Embassy Suites Airport Hotel in Philadelphia, and take place the weekend of September 13-15, 2013. We have arranged a special price of $130 per night, and you can use code “113″ to reserve your hotel room at that rate. You can call the hotel at: (215) 365-4500. Your hotel reservation includes breakfast, internet, parking and Happy Hour.
Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
POSTED: Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 8:00 AM
For sufferers of the nation's most popular superstition, the arrival of 2013 opens the door to an annum of angst.
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.' "
In addition to referring serious sufferers to authentic doctors for mental-health follow-up, the organization that Downey founded in 1993 hosts spoofy anti-superstition parties designed to gently poke fun and help people with their fears.