The fear of Friday the 13th has been called friggatriskaidekaphobia, Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen. This fear is also called paraskevidekatriaphobia, a concatenation of the Greek words Paraskevi (Παρασκευή, meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning “thirteen”) attached to phobía (φόβος, meaning “fear”).
” … we should remember how much we all have a tendency to fictionalize, whether we realize it or not. We like stories because, as Gotschall puts it, we are “addicted to meaning”—and meaning is not always the same as the truth.”
In addition to schupagirl’s comment, this is what stood out to me in-between a loud chortle:
“Just think of that great fictional storyteller Aeneas, who won over Queen Dido in large part because he did such a good job of enthralling her with his talk of the Trojan War. (Even back then, apparently, people spoke of Trojans prior to sex.)”
There is power in storytelling and, as we have known for aeons, especially reading aloud.