NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Today is Friday. Not just any Friday, but Friday the 13th.

Photos: Celebrity Phobias

This day is synonymous with  phobias and superstitions. In fact, there is an actual condition called Friggatriskaidekaphobia which is the fear of Friday the 13th. Actually, it sounds more like something my Italian uncle mutters when he’s in a foul mood.

No one is exactly sure how or when Friday the 13th became the day associated with bad luck, but whatever the origin, you’re probably familiar with some of these more common superstitions: Don’t walk under a ladder; If a black cat crosses your path it’s bad luck; If you break a mirror you’re up a creek for the next seven years, yada, yada.

However, you may not be familiar with some of the less-common superstitions that plague New Yorkers  — not only on Friday the 13th. Here are the 5 most common:

Orangeticketaphobia: The fear returning to your car and finding a ticket on your dashboard after double-parking

Dogpooaphobia: The fear of stepping in dog excrement on the sidewalk

Doorslammaphobia: The fear of missing your subway train by mere seconds

Peestenchaphobia: The fear of inhaling wafts of urine around the city. * This fear intensifies in summertime

Slowtouristsaphobia: The fear of getting trapped behind group of tourists while trying to get to and from work

Do you fear Friday the 13th? Have any superstitions you’d like to share below?

by Billie Rama,

Comments (4)
  1. Marina Ios says:

    i read- honestly, dont know how- the entire article, and, now, i am really happy i did, i feel much better because i do suffer from 2 phobias: one is rats/mice , the second is claustrophobia- closed spaces
    i got to the conclusion that mine are really easy ones, thanks god i dont have the thing with the dog poo, cause i wouldnt be able to go outside, where i live is plenty of it

  2. D0uche O. Rama says:

    CBS has qualityjournalismphobia.

  3. Gloria Estefan says:

    Interesting that it is so lame but yet you read the entire article.

  4. Jude says:

    This is the lamest article I have ever read. Try being the slightest bit clever next time. You just wasted 2 minutes of my life I will never get back.

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