Get out that lucky rabbits foot and dust off your horseshoes.. because Friday the 13th is upon us my friends.
If I spill salt- you can bet I’m throwing some over my left shoulder, if there’s a ladder nearby- I see no reason to walk directly underneath it, and if a black cat runs in front of my truck before I go out- you can bet I’m staying home (well, that’s not entirely true but I won’t leave immediately)
Now before you start thinking I’m insane, I’ll have you know that I’ve broken a dozen mirrors in my life, and my mom’s back seems to be doing just fine considering the amount of cracks I’ve probably stepped on without even noticing.
The biggest superstition in western culture, is Friday the 13th. I take pride in the fact that I don’t see it as all that threatening.. maybe because usually I have no idea what day it is.
But if the thought of merely leaving the house this Friday the 13th has you spooked, rest assured you’re in good company. The Stress Management Centre and Phobia Institute, based in Asheville, N.C., estimates that $800 million to $900 million US is lost every time the 13th of the month falls on a Friday, as people avoid doing business or flying.
The official names for fear of Friday the 13th are friggatriskaidekaphobia and paraskevidekatriaphobia. Sufferers can have symptoms as severe as panic attacks.
Stuart Vyse, professor of psychology at Connecticut College, said the superstition that associates Friday the 13th with bad luck is one of the most widespread in Western culture.
An article on the National Geographic website reports that between 17 million and 21 million people in the U.S. suffer from some degree of fear related to the day.
Despite the superstitions, the Insurance Bureau of Canada said there are no statistics showing an increased risk to drivers. In fact, it might be just the opposite.
No one’s exactly sure of the roots of the calendar-based fear, but there are several popular theories.
Some Christians tie together the belief that Judas — who would eventually betray Christ — was the 13th guest at the Last Supper, and Christ was supposedly crucified on a Friday. Other theologians have also theorized that Abel was slain by his brother Cain on Friday the 13th.
Jumping ahead to the 14th century, some believe the fear originated when King Philip IV of France had the Knights Templar arrested on Friday, Oct. 13, 1307. Looking to seize their vast wealth, Philip ordered the mass arrest of members of the Christian military order that had been active in the Crusades. Confessions for a variety of crimes, including heresy, were obtained from them with the help of torture.
This Templar theory has recently gained traction in pop culture as a result of references to it made in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code.
The number 13 is also considered unlucky in Norse mythology, with the mischievous god Loki being the uninvited 13th guest at a banquet of the gods. Loki would eventually trick the blind god Hoder into killing Balder, the god of joy and gladness, plunging the Earth into mourning and darkness.
Ancient Romans weren’t huge fans of 13 either. They believed that witches gathered in groups of 12, and a 13th person joining them would be the devil.
But while there are references throughout history to both Friday and the number 13 being unlucky, there’s evidence that the combination of the two is a creation of the 20th century. An 1898 edition of E. Cobham Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, has entries for both the number and the day, noting both as unlucky but makes no mention of the combination of the two.
A 1907 novel by businessman Thomas Lawson, and simply titled Friday, the Thirteenth, tells the story of a stock broker trying to manipulate the market on Friday the 13th. It was fairly popular at the time it was published and may have helped to cement the idea of the day being unlucky.
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.
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.
Do you have any superstitions? And do you think buying into one superstition will cause you to buy into larger ones that could be dangerous?
I say no.
Here’s tonight’s featured Candy artist, David Casper! He is an amazing local Christian artist, so don’t miss out. David takes the stage at Ozona Grill & Bar at 8 pm.
He stopped on by my show today to talk about what he’s been up to since he last played POP for us and then played a few songs, including one long lyrical run on sentence.. If you loved his first album, get excited.. he’s working on his second right now!
Here’s a sneak preview!
See yall tonight!
We took a break from this last week, and I toyed with the idea of not bringing it back since I sometimes seem to forget to save my uploaded user comments to my blog.. but there was this email sitting in my gmail this morning that was just so ridiculous, I had to post it.
First off, let me say I just recently got engaged! I have been with my boyfriend “John” for 3 years, and we decided to get engaged before we go off to different law schools.
The other day my friend and I decided to go see “Magic Mike.” When I told John, he told me if I went to that theater and sat through it, we would be over.
He said he would DUMP ME if I saw “Magic Mike.” Seriously.
I’m not sure if this is an insecurity thing, but he sees tons of movies with female objectification, so I don’t see the cause for concern?! Is this a problem that will only get worse with time?
I really wanted to see it too.
Honestly, the plot line for “Magic Mike” isn’t solid enough to ruin your relationship. I mean maybe if Joe Manganiello had a bigger part..
BUT it bothers me that he won’t let you do something. I’m sure he has and will continue to see movies that objectify women, and while that doesn’t make it right, are you going to ban him from those?
Of course not.
I would have a serious chat with him about this “insecurity thing” and see what is driving this before you walk down the aisle. You’re right, this is alarming and could cause problems down the road. What else is he going to try and control?
It’s tricky because I would say to consider dumping him.. but then, I don’t like to be told what to do. Even trickier is the fact you are about to do this long distance..
And as for the movie, just wait till it comes out on RedBox and watch it at your friend’s house GUILT FREE!
Am I wrong? Maybe.. Probably. I don’t know. This one is tough.
Should she dump this guy?
Let me know and I’ll post your comments.
UPDATE Some texts from 23504
She should dump that punk
She should dump him ASAP!
How can u be engaged to someone that is so childish they are willing to end a 3 year relationship over a stupid male stripper movie?? If this girl is dumb enough to stay with this guy then that’s what she gets.
Yes she needs to and go see the movie
Omg?! Seriously? Sounds as if this ‘anti’ Magic Mike dude is trying to show off his ‘ring on the finger now’ ‘tude!! Id discuss it with him, see the movie, and if that ended our relationship, itd mean he had serious control issues & maybe insecure much! That will only get worse!
I think if he has such a strong opposition to her seeing magic mike, while he sees similar if not worse movies himself, they have things that need to be worked out before they commit themselves to each other for life. Obviously they have different views on things, and he shouldn’t be so controlling of her or have such little trust in her after a 3 year relationship that is heading towards marriage
She needs to tell her bf this. He has most likely watched burlesque, he has most likely watcha moulin rouge, he has mostly watched cat woman, and there has been a scientific study that proves that 100% of men have watched porn at some point in their lives. Magic Mike is no big deal. You cant use double standards on this one. Her bf should save himself the embarrasment of having to tell his friends tht he broke off his engagement because his gf watched magic mike. For him to even make such a statement, he deserves to get dumped. However, since their engaged, they should talk it out. If he is still upset, then she should dump him. If a movie is going to get in the way, it isnt love
She should end it that’s completely stupid to break up with her for watching a movie
I think that is way too controlling! It’s just a movie…
He has definite trust issues, but you never know…. She could have done things to cause him to be that way.
Control issue …he is a total jerk!
Dude just let her go see tha movie it’s just a movie an if you don’t wnt her goin go see it w/ her make a date out of it that’ll probably make her happy
She’s not cheating on him. She’s just going to watch a movie. Im sure there have been tons of movies he’s seen with half-naked girls. My wife is gonna see it. It’s not a threat to our marriage.
That’s stupidly controlling. I saw magic mike this weekend while my husband of 2 years.was at a strip club with a bachelor party. Neither of these things are deal breakers.
Check out tonight’s Party on the Patio artist and great local talent, Chris Fernandez.
He stopped by the show today to do a little interview and play a few songs, including an awesome cover of Kt Tunstall’s “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.”
Hear him LIVE tonight at Ozona Grill & Bar starting at 7 pm. Yes, there’s a time change. He’s playing from 7 to 9 tonight!
We will also have $2 wells, $2 domestic drafts, and a nice patriotic layered America shot for just $3.
It’s your post 4th of July party at Ozona!
See ya there!
Happy 4th of July.. a day early.
Every now and then, I come across something so cool, that I can’t help but share. Here’s a group called Madison Rising. They are a little rock n roll/heavy metal type group with a rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” infused with patriotic montages that will give you chills.
Help me make their video go viral by sharing it with your friends this Independence Day.
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