October 26th National Frankenstein Friday

Okay, so we all know Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein in 1818 when she was only 21 years old. Wow, what an imagination! With Halloween and Frankenstein Day both coming up soon, it’s nice to kick it off with a Frankenstein Friday. The idea was created by Ron MacClosky, who appropriately won the “Franky” award for doing so.

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I mean, who doesn’t know about Frankenstein? Children, adults, other monsters… we all know about Frankenstein! I even wrote a play about a fashionable, intelligent Frank Einstein (Available on Playscripts.com). The monster has been played as sad, humorous, curious and just about any other emotion you can imagine.

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The thing is, his name shouldn’t be Frankenstein because that was his creators name. If want his last name to be Frankenstein then, okay… but he needed to be given a first name as well. Maybe that’s why he roamed the countryside so angry all the time. How would you like it is people only called you by your last name!?!

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He is probably the only monster ever created that heart could really have belonged to daddy. He was very conflicted as well. He had one arm that had belonged to a man named White. The other belonged to a man named Wong. That makes it easy to understand that in the heat of the moment, he might not be able to know White from Wong.

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So, you might ask why do we celebrate Frankenstein Friday? It’s simply because if we didn’t we might find ourselves Abbey Normal. Think about it.

How to celebrate – Read the first chapter of Frankenstein but wait to read the rest on Frankenstein Day. If you want a good laugh, watch “Young Frankenstein”. Experiment n your own by mixing parts from a Barbie doll and a GI Joe.

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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.

October 28th Frankenstein Day

It is fitting that the last Friday in October should be Frankenstein Day. It was created by Ron MacCloskey in 1997 when he also created “The Franky” which he proudly gave to the person who best promoted the classic Frankenstein. He picked a Friday because it started with FR just like Frankenstein.

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Frankenstein was created by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in 1818 completed by the time she turned 21. I’ll bet she was a real fun date! It is set in the fictional Transylvania, though Shelley herself was English. Most of us know the story well enough by now. The monster created in a castle on a mountain during a lightning storm.

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Of course Frankenstein wasn’t really the monsters name. He was named for Victor Frankenstein, the doctor who created him from spare parts he found laying around. An arm from Bill, leg from Rudy, brain from Abbey Normal (sorry, couldn’t resist). Since all his body parts came from so many people he probably would have a name like Billy Joe Hamilton Marcus III.

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So many people have made money from the original book. The movie industry, costumers, audio recording artists, and so on have all made a pretty penny off something so ugly. But then, we all like to be scared, at least a little bit, and in the day Shelley had created one of the most frightening creatures ever to exist. It is remarkable that even after all these years the imagination of one woman could still stir the the hearts of so many over 150 years later.

How to celebrate – Do your best to promote the Frankenstein monster, “The Franky” is still being awarded! Read Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”. Watch one of the many “Frankenstein movies.