So, today is Friday the 13th. Does that make you worried? The only aspect of Friday the 13th that I find scary today is the cold weather. The wind is still blowing causing the wind chill to dip down into the negative double digits. The sun is out shining brightly which is very deceiving; the cold air is enough to take your breath away when you step out the door. But I know spring is just around the corner. In fact, I think the first official day of spring is just over thirty days away. I am definitely ready to get outdoors without having to bundle up.
I have been looking up some quotes and facts about today.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery…Today is a Friday the 13! ~~Author Unknown
Did you know that the fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia? ~~Author Unknown
It’s Friday the 13th. Just warning you all before you make any weekend arrangements for wood cabins by the lake. ~~Author Unknown
Here are some facts about Friday the 13th, according to NBC News:
Here are five of our favorite Friday-the-13th facts:
- Fear of Friday the 13th — one of the most popular myths in science — is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.
- Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor and some airline terminals omit Gate 13.
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not 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.
- Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. “It was bad luck,” Twain later told the friend. “They only had food for 12.” Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.
- The number 13 suffers from its position after 12, according to numerologists who consider the latter to be a complete number — 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 days of Christmas and 12 eggs in a dozen.”
I thought the facts were interesting especially the part where you can hire a 14th guest to complete a dinner party (NBC News, 2014). I love learning about superstitions and folklore. The ones that surround Friday the 13th are intriguing.
Have a great day!
Until next time…..peace….
NBC News, (2014). Five facts about Friday the 13th. Retrieved from: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/29661652/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/five-facts-about-friday-th/#.U5tjk_ldV8E