13 January 2012

Know what today is??

Do you know what today is?  If you are the nervous type, shy away from ladders, worry when you see black cats or throw spilt salt over your shoulder, you are probably very aware that today is Friday the 13th - Black Friday no less.

Did you know that legend has it: If 13 people sit down to dinner together, one will die within the year. The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894). Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue. Many buildings don't have a 13th floor. If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names). There are 13 witches in a coven.

You should never change your bed on Friday; it will bring bad dreams. If you cut your nails on Friday, you cut them for sorrow. Don't start a trip on Friday or you will encounter misfortune. Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck, as in the tale of H.M.S. Friday. One hundred years ago, the British government sought to quell the longstanding superstition among seamen that setting sail on Fridays was unlucky. A special ship was commissioned and given the name "H.M.S. Friday." They laid her keel on a Friday, launched her on a Friday, selected her crew on a Friday, and hired a man named Jim Friday to be her captain. To top it off, H.M.S. Friday embarked on her maiden voyage on a Friday — and was never seen or heard from again.

Seems 13 has always been associated with bad luck and add it to a Friday and ..well, watch out!  Funnily enough both my parents were born on the 13th - February and August and yes, you guessed it, both days were a Friday. 

1 comment:

Julie J said...

some interesting history there. I grew up at number 13 and my parents still live there, so it's never bothered me.