Friday the 13th!
Brownielocks and The 3 Bears
cartoon with Friday the 13th theme from our Weekly Cartoon area.
long word is derived from three Greek words = "Paraskevi" which
means Friday, "dekatria" which means Thirteen and "phobia"
meaning fear. Or, Latin frigga meaning "Friday" and
triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen
Friday the 13th isn't a genuine official holiday, it does cause commotion.
Every year will have at least one Friday the 13th fall in one of the months,
with a maximum of 3 times (months) that it will occur in a year. Which
months it will fall on is part of it's mystical uncertainty and surprise.
And, Friday the 13th doesn't really have any official symbol or color to go with
Fear of Friday the 13th Began...
surprising how subtly superstitions and folklore creep into our lives even in
this new millennium and all our technology. We, civilized folk, like to
think we are beyond such silly things. But are we really?
uncertain exactly when or how Friday the 13th became a suspicious day.
Some say that it begins with Jesus and the Last Supper. There were
13 at the table and well, one of them died the next day. It has been
considered bad luck (and poor etiquette) to have "13 for dinner"
(Note: Also a title of an Agatha Christie book I might add!). And, that
Christians also considered Friday back luck because Jesus was crucified on a
Friday. Others believe that it goes way back to the Knights Templar. On
Friday, October 13, 1307 King Phillip of France secretly ordered the rounding up
and killing of all the Knights Templar because they were becoming very powerful
(which threatened the King's rule.)
version states that the fear goes back to the 14th century and The Canterbury
Tales, where starting a journey or any kind of deed on Friday the 13th is
along with this....According to ancient maritime tradition, no voyage should
ever begin on a Friday because sailors felt that if it did, that voyage would
have back luck. Even Lloyds of London (famous insurance company) in the 1800's
refused to insure any ship sailing on a Friday the 13th. Sailing tales tell of
many captains who tried to defy this silly fear by sailing on Friday, only to
find their ship not in good shape after a day or two (or never heard from
ocean liners were scheduled to leave on the 13th (regardless of the day of the
week) captains would actually come up with excuses to delay leaving port until
after midnight when it was technically the 14th. The US Navy today will
not launch a ship on any Friday the 13th. And, many of us will not travel
by any means on Friday the 13th. Some won't even leave their homes!
superstitions are: That it is bad luck to be born on a Friday, marry on a
Friday, accept (or begin) a new job on a Friday, clip your nails on a Friday or
visit the sick on a Friday. If you change your sheets on a Friday, you
will not sleep well. Some criminals pray that they don't get sentenced on
a Friday as they feel the consequences will be even worse for them.
this make you wonder about today's phrase, "TGIF" (Thank God It's
Friday) if Friday is suppose to be so terrible?
And, what about dying on a Friday? As if some of us have a choice in that matter
A few other
quirks about 13
According to a
poll in USA Today in 1992, 2 out of 5 people in the US believed that
cars built on a Friday have more mechanical problems because workers are
more careless on those days.
socialites (quatorziens = fourteeneers) would make themselves available
as emergency guest fill-ins for dinner parties which held 13 names so
they could be the 14th guest.
managers will refuse to open a new show on a Friday, esp. if it is the
players feel it is bad luck to play a game on a Friday.
computer viruses run amuck on Friday the 13th often needlessly scaring
(or their CEOs) dislike beginning a new venture on a Friday, starting on
a business trip or even signing a contract on any 13th of any month,
esp. if it's a Friday the 13th.
Company says that 90% of skyscrapers (and many big hotels) have no 13th
hotels, office complexes, etc. have no Room 13.
Studios in California has no studio lot 13.
sports arenas and auditoriums eliminate a "seat 13" or even a
The airport in
Fresno, CA doesn't have a Gate 13.
And, many folks
will not have 13 as a house number so the Post Office gives them 12 1/2.
And in France to replace the number 13, they use 12 two times as 1212.
discussing how bad 13 is, we have to think of 12 first.
said above, some people feel that the source for the number 13 being bad luck
goes back to biblical times because there were 13 at the table of the Last
Supper, with Judas being the 13th of course. It actually goes even further back
than that. One anthropological theory is that early man was comfy with the
obvious and feared the unknown. They counted using all 10 fingers and then
2 feet which equalled 12. (I have no clue why they didn't count their toes
too.) Anyway, after 12, well Duh? So they feared 13.
ancient Greek and Roman numerology, the number 13 for fortune telling meant a
sign of destruction. (You'll have to go to a numerology site to see
why.) In early Rome, witches gathered in groups (covens) of 12. So the
13th one was said to be the evil one.
to Norse Mythology, there were 12 gods gathered for dinner when suddenly the
13th guest, named Loki, (who was uninvited) popped in. He is said to
be cruel, mischievous and for some, even evil. He also has red-hair.
Viking's hangman noose had 13 knots, and so they considered 13 to be unlucky.
Friday so fearful?
hate Mondays, so why not hate it?
Just how did Friday get this bad rap?
Nordic mythology, Frigga is the Goddess of Friday. She isn't mean or evil.
Actually she is married to Odin, the father of all gods. She is also the mother
of Balder, the god of goodness. But, because her main activity was to stay in
her home and weave golden threads and make multi-colored clouds, I guess that's
how you get the "staying in on Fridays" connection?
manuscripts imply that Eve gave Adam that infamous apple on a Friday and some
say it was a Friday the 13th. But, this is just a guess and not proven at
biblical reference is the rumor that it was on Friday that Cain slew his brother
Abel. And, the crucifixion, as we know, fell on a Friday. For the Druids, Friday
was the night of the "Witch's Sabbath."
you mix the two items: evil 13 + ominous Friday together, you get a day that for
some feel is a guaranteed dismal day.
regards to the bible....
feel that evidence shows that the real mark of the beast or anti-Christ
is 616. So, if you add up 6 + 1 + 6 = 13 then some feel that 13 is really
the number for the anti-Christ or beast, thus making 13 a bad number in that
the 13th Phobia
people have the Friday the 13th phobia only slightly where they simply refuse to
travel. And yet, others will literally call in sick and not even go to work that
day. Is this why you're home and reading this page? (wink!>
have fears. It's when those fears determine our actions (or non-actions)
that determines the seriousness of a phobia. I don't want to dwell much on this
because the fear of Friday the 13th and it's symptoms is pretty much the same as
any other extreme fear. For those who want advice and help, I suggest
checking out other phobia websites or local support groups.
basic low-key symptoms are nervousness, giggles and constant comments about the
day, what's going on, mentioning 13's etc. More serious symptoms are having a
real intensive panic attack (hyperventilation, dizziness, sweats, rapid
heartbeat) to an actual heart attack for some! Some people won't
even get out of bed for a day they are so afraid of Friday the 13th.
Others limit their phobia to 1 activity they refuse to do, such as write a
check, go to a doctor, eat in a restaurant or drive a car (they walk!).
Fridays & other 13 Stuff...
to the Irish, "It is good to die on Friday, be buried on Saturday and get
prayed for on Sunday."
something is lucky or unlucky is all how you want to view it.
Friday, September 13, 1939, Igor Secorsky invented the helicopter.
Friday, July 13, 1900, Teddy Roosevelt laid the cornerstone for the new county
courthouse in New York.
Friday, September 13, 1814 Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled
Banner". This is a good thing for our country, but not necessarily
for all our ears (depending on who sings the song).
Friday, September 13, 1857, Milton Hershey was born. And, thus gave us
many couples choose on purpose to marry on a Friday the 13th just to defy the
divorce ratio in the United States!
what is bad to one country isn't to another...
Japan the number 3 is considered unlucky. And in Madagascar the number 6 is
unlucky. Yet, in China, they think 3 and 9 are lucky. On the other hand,
the Turks don't like 13 so they literally removed it from their vocabulary.
his own ...
had 13 original colonies.
signers of the Declaration of Independence,
13 stripes on our flag,
Dollar Bill and it's images:
13 steps on the
13 letters in the Latin above,
13 letters in "E Pluribus Unum",
13 stars above the Eagle,
13 plumes of feathers on each span of the Eagle's wing,
13 bars on the shield,
13 leaves on the olive branch,
13 fruits, and 13 arrows
(look close or
use a magnifying glass).
The 13th Amendment freed the slaves.
Ike Eisenhower has 13 letters in it.
President Eisenhower was an honorary member of Missouri's "Lucky 13
Club" (made up the states 13 presidential electorates).
sure how many of the states have 13 electoral votes.
Rhode Island our 13th state.
baker's dozen has 13 items, not 12.
And, ah..well a certain adult film star named John Holmes is said to have a
certain male organ 13 inches long!
Centre for Insurance Statistics claims that fewer traffic accidents, fires,
thefts, etc. happen when there is a Friday the 13th because people seem to be
more cautious on that day.
13th isn't always so bad.
the 13th President? Who was the 13th Nobel Prize winner? Who was the 13th Oscar
Winner for ----? Maybe you are the 13th child in a family? Or,...
the 13th person you dated?
Or was your first kiss on a date experienced on a Friday?
could go on and on...
most of us, 13's and Fridays don't matter at all.
those who are in need of some protection there are silly rituals and cures
galore to protect them on Friday the 13th.
of them are:
around your house 13 times on Friday the 13th.
2. Hang your shoes out the window. (My guess is the smell will drive all the
3. Sleep with a mirror under your pillow for the first 3 Fridays before
Friday the 13th comes. You are suppose to dream of your true love on
Friday the 13th then also.
around the block with your mouth full of water. If you do not swallow it, you
will be 100% safe on Friday the 13th.
finally there's always 13th century age-old Aristotle cure...
and/or eat garlic!
Need to be
prepared for Friday the 13th?
Well, here's when they're coming for the next 30+ years.
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