PARKERSBURG - Knock on wood, residents were unconcerned with superstitions on Friday the 13th.
Danielle Reynolds and her mother, Tammy Reynolds, both of Vincent, were at Civitan Park Friday afternoon watching Danielle's children on the playground equipment.
Danielle Reynolds said she was not superstitious about Friday the 13th, "although I probably should be," she said with a laugh.
Michael Kerns, left, and Adam Miller, both of Parkersburg, shoot hoops Friday afternoon at City Park. Neither was nervous about Friday the 13th. (Photo by Wayne Towner)
"I have the worst luck possible," she said. "This is just another day."
"It's just another day," agreed Tammy Reynolds, who said she's not superstitious but has been known to look for four-leaf clovers, a sign of good luck.
"Around wells, that's where I always find them," she said.
Adam Miller and Michael Kerns, both of Parkersburg, were enjoying Friday's sunny weather shooting basketball at City Park.
Miller said he usually doesn't get nervous about superstitions, although he has known people who carry a rabbit's foot and other things.
"I didn't even know it was Friday the 13th," he said.
Kerns also said he wasn't superstitious and wasn't worried about the bad luck associated with Friday.
"It's just another day," he said, echoing the Reynolds' sentiment.
"It was a lucky day for me," Parkersburg resident Luke Zyla said of Friday the 13th.
Born on April 13, 1956, Zyla was born on Friday the 13th and celebrated his 56th birthday on Friday.
Zyla said being born on such a day has never bothered him and he has never been superstitious about anything.
According to online resources, people who are scared of Friday the 13th may have paraskavedekatriaphobia, also known as friggatriskaidekaphobia, the scientific terms for fear of the date. Fear of the number 13 itself is called triskaidekaphobia.
It's not clear when or why Friday the 13th became associated with bad luck. The association may be biblical, given that the 13th guest at the Last Supper betrayed Jesus. His crucifixion was the next day, apparently a Friday. Whatever the reason, fear of 13 has spread far and wide: Hotels and hospitals often skip the 13th floor, and even airports quietly omit gate 13 sometimes.
This year is a special one for Friday the 13ths with three of them: Jan. 13, April 13 and July 13.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt is said to have avoided travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.