April 13th Friday The 13th

Watch out and be very, very careful today… it’s Friday the 13th! If you suffer from Triskaidekaphobia then today is definitely not your day! (In case you didn’t know that word that goes on forever means fear of the number 13. And don’t feel bad because I didn’t know it either!)

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Many believe it was a Friday the 13th when Cain killed Abel, but since there were no calendars back then, nobody really knows. Opposed to it being negative on that side of the world in the Americas Mayan’s believed the number 13 to be sacred. Go figure.

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The Babylonian’s felt the number 13 was so unlucky that they excluded it in the Babylonian Code of Hammurah back in 1700 B.C.. Of course, it was also believed that Friday itself was an unlucky day so, it was a double whammy!

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Then in 1980 Friday the 13th became unlucky for everyone when Jason came back to life. It was even more unlucky because I think they made at least 13 of the movies! The first couple were okay if you like blood and gore but come on, even the Rocky series got to be a bit much! I mean, how many times can you kill a guy and he keeps coming back!?!

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So depending on whether you are a descendent of the Mayan culture or not, be careful about today. Mainly because if you think something can go wrong, it normally will. Superstitions are funny because we generally cause bad things to happen because we fear them, those same things might never happen if we just don’t think about it.

How to celebrate – Go back to bed and sleep the day away. Celebrate the day welcoming whatever happens to you. Think positive thoughts.

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October 13th Friday The Thirteenth

Somewhere along the line, Friday the 13th has become a dreaded day all across the world. We avoid certain things on the 13th like don’t walk under a ladder and avoid letting black cats cross your path.

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I get the ladder. I would rarely consider walking under a ladder because, well first of all they are normally low enough they are difficult to get under and secondly, someone didn’t set up the ladder without the intent of going up it, meaning, they could easily drop something down on you from above. The black cat thing I don’t really get, unless it’s a panther in which case yes, you should avoid continuing on in that same direction.

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If you are afraid of Friday the 13th you suffer from Triskaidekaphobia. Personally, I am more afraid of the word than the day! Apparently the Babylonians (1,700 B.C.) were concerned about the number 13 as they left that number out of the laws that went with the Code of Hammurah. Today we do not put a 13th floor in most buildings, ships do not allow 13 crew members and during meetings, 13 people are not allowed in the room.

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The Mayan’s considered 13 a lucky number. However, throughout history, Friday has been considered to be unlucky. So add the 13th to Friday it was double trouble. Historians also believe that is was a Friday the 13th that Cain killed Abel. Since there was no calendar back then I am not sure how they figured that one.

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Anybody who runs into Jason on Friday the 13th is bound to have a bad day. However, avoiding him it’s another Friday and in the culture today, we look at Fridays as being good! TGIF, the weekend is coming! It will also be one of my sister’s birthday so that’s good luck for me!

How to celebrate – Celebrate my sister’s birthday! If you believe in the 13th being unlucky, stay home and in bed. If you don’t believe in the 13th being bad, go out and party like there’s no tomorrow!

January 13th Friday the 13th

I am not  sure if this is a day you would actually consider a holiday or not but it is on the list. This year, 2017, we will have two Friday the 13th’s, one today and the other in October. There are many people who fear the 13th, or anything to do with the number 13. This is called Triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13.

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Ships Captains are said to never sail with 12 sailors as with the addition of the Captain that makes a 13 man crew (or woman as it may be). Most skyscrapers do not have a 13th floor. And many people will not set a 13th place setting at a table, preferring to set up another table to avoid putting 13 at one table.

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The one possible human (or sort of human anyway) that enjoys Friday the 13th, would be Jason. It’s the one day of the year that he gets to come out of his shell and be the best he can be. Although, in the end, he generally has the same ending and is gone by Saturday the 14th. His producers enjoy many, many other days, as the cash continues to roll in!

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Some theories say that it was a Friday the 13th when Cain killed Abel, but since there were no calendars back then, it’s hard to say if it was the 13th or not. I am sure it was a bad day for Abel no matter what day of the month it was.

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We do know, however, that the Babylonian Code of Hammurah in 1,700 B.C. omitted the number 13, which is maybe where the first 13th floor was averted in their tower. And we all know that didn’t work out so well.

How to celebrate – Sleep in on the 13th, at least until it becomes the 14th. Avoid anything risky today (which might be good advice for any day). Avoid ladders and black cats today. Watch Friday the 13th as you hide under many blankets.