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13 September 2019 07:45
 

Friday the 13th is still better than Monday the Whatever.

 
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13 September 2019 08:05
 

Word!

 
 
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13 September 2019 08:28
 

My 13th birthday fell on a Friday the 13th, and in retrospect I realize my parents were perhaps worried about how I might react, as my dad took me downtown to buy me a brand new ‘68 Sting-Ray (bike). I wish I still had it.

 
 
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13 September 2019 08:35
 

Humans are such funny creatures, with superstitions passing down generations even when the origins have been long forgotten.

There’s even a name for it – friggatriskaidekaphobia – try pronouncing that one.

 
 
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13 September 2019 08:49
 

And don’t forget to check out the Harvest Moon.

 
 
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13 September 2019 10:34
 
Jan_CAN - 13 September 2019 08:35 AM

Humans are such funny creatures, with superstitions passing down generations even when the origins have been long forgotten.

There’s even a name for it – friggatriskaidekaphobia – try pronouncing that one.

My 13th birthday was the best ever. It significantly improved my life to have gotten such a cool bike. So in one specific way, I can be thankful for an ancient, ridiculous superstition.

 
 
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13 September 2019 10:55
 
nonverbal - 13 September 2019 10:34 AM
Jan_CAN - 13 September 2019 08:35 AM

Humans are such funny creatures, with superstitions passing down generations even when the origins have been long forgotten.

There’s even a name for it – friggatriskaidekaphobia – try pronouncing that one.

My 13th birthday was the best ever. It significantly improved my life to have gotten such a cool bike. So in one specific way, I can be thankful for an ancient, ridiculous superstition.

That did work out well.  Luckily they were more concerned with you and not too superstitious themselves or they might just have bought you a rabbit’s foot, eh?

 
 
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13 September 2019 11:02
 
Skipshot - 13 September 2019 07:45 AM

Friday the 13th is still better than Monday the Whatever.

Absolutely.  Freedom is only hours away.

 
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13 September 2019 12:53
 

The most popular theory about Friday the 13th is linked to the Knights Templar at the turn of the 14th century.  They’d become so rich and influential that the King of France decided to set them up just to knock them down by sending secret documents, with scandalous tales of lurid heresy, orchestrating coordinated attacks against all Templars.  It was Friday October 13th 1307.  I guess that’s one way to erase the debt record.

You know…I bet if we all chip in we can probably get nonverbal that bike.  But get yer own streamers, see…

 
 
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13 September 2019 14:50
 
LadyJane - 13 September 2019 12:53 PM

The most popular theory about Friday the 13th is linked to the Knights Templar at the turn of the 14th century.  They’d become so rich and influential that the King of France decided to set them up just to knock them down by sending secret documents, with scandalous tales of lurid heresy, orchestrating coordinated attacks against all Templars.  It was Friday October 13th 1307.  I guess that’s one way to erase the debt record.

You know…I bet if we all chip in we can probably get nonverbal that bike.  But get yer own streamers, see…

So, only a bad-luck day if you’re a Templar.

Sure, I could spare a few bucks to get nonverbal that 68 Sting-Ray.

 

 
 
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LadyJane - 13 September 2019 08:49 AM

And don’t forget to check out the Harvest Moon.

The cat wanted out at 4:30 AM today, and the door from my bedroom opens to a view of San Francisco.  As good luck would have it, the nearly full moon was setting just above the city, all huge and orange against a dark sky.  That was a first for me.  Tried to get a photo but I don’t know my way around the camera on my iPad, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.  Not a bad way to start the day.

 
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13 September 2019 20:56
 
Jan_CAN - 13 September 2019 02:50 PM
LadyJane - 13 September 2019 12:53 PM

The most popular theory about Friday the 13th is linked to the Knights Templar at the turn of the 14th century.  They’d become so rich and influential that the King of France decided to set them up just to knock them down by sending secret documents, with scandalous tales of lurid heresy, orchestrating coordinated attacks against all Templars.  It was Friday October 13th 1307.  I guess that’s one way to erase the debt record.

You know…I bet if we all chip in we can probably get nonverbal that bike.  But get yer own streamers, see…

So, only a bad-luck day if you’re a Templar.

Sure, I could spare a few bucks to get nonverbal that 68 Sting-Ray.

A bike like the one I had would probably cost almost a grand, amazingly enough. Mine was a bare-bones one-speed, which was terrific for Baird’s Creek trails in my neighborhood in Green Bay. I would later own and trade away a late ‘50s Telecaster, which today would be worth something, too. Now I tend to hold on to things I like, yet I’ll never have anything as cool as a Sting-Ray or Telecaster!

 
 
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14 September 2019 10:06
 

Would “friggatriskaidekaphobia” include the idiotic practice in the US, of constructing buildings without a 13th floor?

 
 
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Cheshire Cat - 14 September 2019 10:06 AM

Would “friggatriskaidekaphobia” include the idiotic practice in the US, of constructing buildings without a 13th floor?

Apparently, triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13, and friggatriskaidekaphobia the fear of Friday the 13th.  I guess there are plenty of phobias to go around and need specific names.

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14 September 2019 13:54
 
Jan_CAN - 14 September 2019 11:05 AM
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Would “friggatriskaidekaphobia” include the idiotic practice in the US, of constructing buildings without a 13th floor?

Apparently, triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13, and friggatriskaidekaphobia the fear of Friday the 13th.  I guess there are plenty of phobias to go around and need specific names.

I have lived near Highway 13 for 22 years and not had any specific bad luck happen while traveling it.

During the 1990 census, a census worker knocked on my apartment door looking for Apartment 13 because they had not received a response from the residents there, so I searched with him and found the number was skipped.

It’s a silly superstition.

Three on a match makes sense as being bad luck if you were an English soldier during the Boer War.  So does walking under a ladder.  Women on boats (I think this applies specifically to sailboats) is 50/50 depending on how hot (i.e. distracting) the woman is to the crew, and I have first hand experience with that.  But black cats, broken mirrors, stepped on sidewalk cracks, and all the rest of that is malarkey.

 
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14 September 2019 14:59
 
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Jan_CAN - 14 September 2019 11:05 AM
Cheshire Cat - 14 September 2019 10:06 AM

Would “friggatriskaidekaphobia” include the idiotic practice in the US, of constructing buildings without a 13th floor?

Apparently, triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13, and friggatriskaidekaphobia the fear of Friday the 13th.  I guess there are plenty of phobias to go around and need specific names.

I have lived near Highway 13 for 22 years and not had any specific bad luck happen while traveling it.

During the 1990 census, a census worker knocked on my apartment door looking for Apartment 13 because they had not received a response from the residents there, so I searched with him and found the number was skipped.

It’s a silly superstition.

Three on a match makes sense as being bad luck if you were an English soldier during the Boer War.  So does walking under a ladder.  Women on boats (I think this applies specifically to sailboats) is 50/50 depending on how hot (i.e. distracting) the woman is to the crew, and I have first hand experience with that.  But black cats, broken mirrors, stepped on sidewalk cracks, and all the rest of that is malarkey.

What’s also odd is that black cats have been considered good luck in Britain and Japan, but bad luck other places.  For many years, we had a handsome and affectionate black cat, with a unique and fun personality; when we adopted him from the Humane Society, they told me they had more difficulty finding homes for black cats.

For some stupid reason, I will ‘knock on wood’ after saying something that’s ‘tempting fate’.

 

 
 
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