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Celebrate Friday the 13th With an Anti-Superstition Party

Cure yourself of Friggatriskaidekaphobia, the irrational fear of Friday the 13th.

Screencap from the film, Friday the 13th. Not recommended for those who suffer from Friggatriskaidekaphobia.

Try saying “Friggatriskaidekaphobia” ten times really fast. It’s a real word, and it refers to an irrational fear of Friday the 13th. Most people will either spend this upcoming Friday the 13th like they spend any other day. Some of us will watch horror movies. One group of people in Fullerton, CA will be partying at the Friday the 13th Anti-Supersitition Bash, where revellers will tempt fate with a number of superstition-flouting activities and games. From the Facebook event:


“Games are Ladder Limbo, Horoscope Trashing, piñata smashing, Leprechaun Bowling and much more. Bring an umbrella to dance with! One person will be selected to smash the ceremonial mirror.

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Friggatriskaidekaphobia treatment nurses and doctors will be awarding a “Clean Bill of Mental Health” to those who complete an obstacle course.”

The event will commemorate the opening of the organization’s West Coast branch of the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center in Fullerton, The first location is in Philadelphia, a tongue-in-cheek organization that claims to cure people of their Friday the 13th superstitions. “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,” they write on their site. They’re affiliated with the Freethought Society, a Philadelphia-based organization for non-theists that promotes the values of secularism, free speech, diversity and free thought.