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Friday, April 13, 2007

Oooh... Scary...

It's Friday the 13th people...

be afraid, be very afraid...

Here are a few interesting Friday the 13th tidbits:

  • A Friday occurring on the 13th day of any month is considered to be a day of bad luck in English,Swedish, German, Polish and Portuguese-speaking cultures around the globe

  • Similar superstitions exist in some other traditions. In Greece or Spain, for example, Tuesday the 13th takes the same role

  • The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia (a word that is derived from the concatenation of the Greek words Παρασκευή, δεκατρείς, and φοβία, meaning Friday, thirteen, and phobia respectively; alternate spellings include paraskevodekatriaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia) or friggatriskaidekaphobia, and is a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a phobia (fear) of the number thirteen

  • This myth came from the germans long ago thinking that somebody was to kill people the 13th of fridays

Good ol' Wikipedia! ;-)

Here are some more:

  • The Last Supper, with stories that Judas was the thirteenth guest, and that the Crucifixion of Jesus occurred Friday

  • That the biblical Eve offered the fruit to Adam on a Friday, and that the slaying of Abel happened on a Friday (though the Bible does not identify the days of the week when these events occurred)

  • That it started on Friday, October 13, 1307, the date that many Knights Templar were simultaneously arrested in France, by agents of King Philip IV


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