Perhaps as a result of the lack of investment in recent years, a road in Devon has been closed indefinitely after part of it collapsed. Cracks – thought to be caused by persistent rain – began to appear on Old Beer Road in Seaton on Wednesday and within 48 hours part of the road had collapsed and Devon County Council is now concerned more of the road could disappear. Members of the public have been urged to stay away from the “potentially dangerous” road.
The council said the road had dropped by about 1m (about 3ft) in the past 24 hours and barriers had been put up to prevent any access.
But perhaps more sinister forces are at work? Surely it is no coincidence that the road collapsed on Friday 13th? The curse of paraskevidekatriaphobia strikes again!
A fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia which comes from the Greek words for Friday – paraskevi, Thirteen – dekatria and Fear – phobia
Unlucky 13: It is considered unlucky to have 13 at a table or in a company. The number 13, in the Christian faith, is the number of people at the Last Supper, with the 13th guest at the table being the traitor, Judas.
So why else are people superstitious of the number 13?
- A witches coven consists of 13 members.
- Tarot Card number 13 is the Death Card, depicting the Grim Reaper
- There are 13 steps leading to the gallows.
- 13 knots in a hangman’s noose.
- 13 feet which the guillotine blade falls.
Added to this, Fridays have been considered an unlucky day since the medieval times. It is generally considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday – a new journey, job, marriage, business project, giving birth, moving house. It is unlucky to cut fingernails and hair on a Friday and in Britain, Friday was the conventional day for public hangings.
Muslims tout Friday as the day that Allah created Adam
Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit on a Friday and later died on a Friday
Christians consider Friday as the day on which Christ was crucified by the Romans
On that basis, without wishing to tempt fate any further, I am heading back to hide under the duvet until it’s all over … till the next time!