Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Pogo: Churchy La Femme Has a Thing About Friday the Thirteenth.



If you know your Pogo then you know that Churchy La Femme has a thing about Friday the thirteenth. Many Pogo strips have him worrying that "Friday the thirteenth is on a Tuesday this month!" (Which it is this month.) But, worse of all, is when it falls on an actual Friday.

Go look! Michael Bates collects a 1965 Friday the thirteenth sequence via Whirled of Kelly. 

In the Pogo comic strip, the superstition is always unfounded. Churchy expounds on bad things that could maybe happen, but the only thing he does is panic himself and spook the other Okefenokee swamp critters. The enemy, as Pogo observes, is ourselves.

And the superstition has a name which I found out about at this here web site run by a real estate agent:

"The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, a word derived from the combination of the Greek words Paraskeví (meaning Friday), and dekatreís (meaning thirteen), attached to phobía (meaning fear)."

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