What is Friggatriskaidekaphobia, and why people should be cured?

Frigga-tris-kai-deka-phobia is an unreasonable fear of Friday-the-Thirteenth.

Javier pazos2For Friggatriskaidekaphobes, Friday-the-Thirteenth is an anxiety-filled day. Friggatriskaidekaphobes can’t help but wonder what the "dark" day will have in store for them.

Astrology, belief in alien abductions, and faith in so-called “Fortune Tellers” are all evidence that superstition is still a powerful force in America. The billion-dollar-a-year economic impact of plane and train reservation cancellations, absenteeism, and reduced commerce on Friday-the-Thirteenth shows us that the influence of superstition is far from harmless. Indeed, merely the personal anxiety and inconvenience of these ancient superstitions can ruin any Friday-the-Thirteenth for millions of Americans.

At the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center, the Treatment Nurse will thoughtfully guide Friggatriskaidekaphobes through an obstacle course that includes walking under a ladder, stepping on a crack, trashing zodiac signs, throwing darts at photographs, dancing inside with an open umbrella, and breaking a mirror.

You will find clever games, costumed hosts, exhibits of silly superstitions, anti-superstition music and free educational literature at the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Centers, hosted by the Freethought Society and/or the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse.





   Clockwise from Top Left: The doctor was Bill Creasy, The DJ, Eric Krieg, and special guest Michael Shermer.