Happy Friday the 13th!

August 13, 2010 at 1:41 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )


I sure hope none of you out there have triskaidekaphobia, parakevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia (both President Herbert Hoover and Napoleon were said to be sufferers).

Fear the Evil 13

Where does this fear come from?  Well, allow me to copy and paste you some possible answers (give me a break, I’ve had a long week):

“Apparently, this fear goes back to ancient times. Friday the 13 superstitions are rooted in two separate fears. The fear of the 6th day of the week, and the fear of the number 13. When these two things are combined, you have one seriously unlucky day.

According to National Geographic, Friday the 13th is rooted in a Norse myth. 12 Gods sat down for dinner, when a 13th uninvited guest, Loki arrived. Loki, the god of mischief, convinced Holder, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Balder, the beautiful god of joy and gladness.

Some people also trace Friday the 13th back to the last supper. Again, 13 people sit down to dinner, and one eventually dies. Judas, the apostle who betrayed Christ, is said to be the 13th person to the table.

According to Time Magazine the 13th law is omitted from Babylon’s Code of Hammurabi, which shows that many cultures were afraid of the number 13.

And Happy Birthday Jason

Another theory about Friday the 13th superstitions, is that 13 is unlucky because it follows 12. 12 is considered by many to be a complete number. 12 months in a year, 12 zodiac signs, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus.

According to Thomas Fernsler, an associate policy scientist in the Mathematics and Science Education Resource Center at the University of Delaware in Newark, the fear of 13 “has to do with just being a little beyond completeness. The number becomes restless or squirmy.”

As for Friday, many people believe that Jesus was crucified on a Friday, or that Eve tempted Adam on a Friday, or that Cain killed Abel on a Friday.”

Source

And a little more:

“Triskaidekaphobia can even be seen in how societies are built. More than 80 percent of high-rise buildings lack a 13th floor. Many airports skip the 13th gate. Hospitals and hotels regularly have no room number 13.

On streets in Florence, Italy, the house between number 12 and 14 is addressed as 12 1/2. In France socialites known as the quatorziens (“fourteeners”) once made themselves available as 14th guests to keep a dinner party from an unlucky fate.

DePauw University’s Dudley said nobody really knows why Friday the 13th has spawned so many superstitions.”

Source #2

So…don’t eat dinner with 13 people tonight.

Since it was a scary kind of day, we had Halloween Friday here at work.  We typically try to have some kind of theme on Fridays for the kids (and staff) to dress up for.  Some of the highlights of the summer have been pajama day, winter in July day, hat day and favorite color day.  Yeah, we’re super creative.  Today was especially fun though and we had staff that dressed as a flapper, Snow White, a hillbilly, Harry Potter, a hippie and a witch.  I was the witch, because I was too lazy this morning to do anything more elaborate.  This was not the smartest of costumes, as wearing black from head to toe when it’s 90+ degrees outside isn’t much fun.  As for the kids, we had a fireman, a mermaid, Batman, a chef, Mario and a wrestler.  Mario was my personal favorite (don’t tell Luigi).

And that’s about it for my Friday post.  But wait!  I haven’t forgotten about the last installment of my Joseph Gordon-Levitt Photo-A-Day.  How could I?  Today’s picture is from his latest film Inception, which was the movie that reminded me of my fondness for the guy to begin with.  Take a look:

Badass yet beautiful. And yes, I mean both of them.

Seriously, go see this movie.

Just as seriously – have a great weekend!


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