The morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th is called “friggatriskaidekaphobia” or “Paraskevidekatriaphobia”. As many as 21 million Americans may suffer from “friggatriskaidekaphobia".
Both the sixth day of the week and the number 13 have had foreboding reputations since ancient times.
The tradition of 13 being unlucky is believed to originate with Hindus in Asia -- holds that it is bad luck for 13 people to gather.
A variation is that if you have 13 at dinner one person will be dead in a year.
There were also 13 people at the Last Supper...including the one who betrayed Jesus.
The Friday the 13th uneasiness is believed to be the most prevalent superstition in the US.
A 1993 study in the British Medical Journal determined that although fewer people drive on Friday the 13th compared to other Fridays, the risk of having to go to the hospital because of a car accident is 52% higher.
Having 13 letters in your name is a bad sign. Just ask Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy, Albert De Salvo and Jack the Ripper.
In the time of the Pharoahs, the number 13 was a good thing. There were 12 stages of life, followed by the 13th afterllife. Unfortunately, the theory goes, the 13 eventually became a symbol of death.
On Friday, October 13, 1307 mass arrests took place targeting the last few thousand of the Knights Templar. One theory holds that this Friday the 13th became a symbol for ill fortune. Although dark omens have long lurked with both Fridays and the number 13, it turns out there is not much evidence before the 19th Century of “Friday the 13th” being that big a deal.
Some think it’s mostly a 20th Century creation spurred on by the public media. The earliest known documented reference in English occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards' 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini.
The 12 Friday the 13th films have grossed $465 million according to wikipedia.
They Got To Me...
The two guys from A Great Big World stopped by the Mix studios to sing their hit, "Say Something" and it happened...I cried.
If you have not listened to the song yet...well...I suggest you do, but don't cry :( These guys are very nice and I wish them nothing but success!
I recently spent some time a La Reve...want to see what I enjoyed?
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12 News Contributor Kidd O'Shea stops by La Reve, 2012 A-List winner for the
Which One Is Your Favorite?
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Create a Pest Management Calendar
Is your mailbox filling with next year's calendars? Put them to use managing pests in the garden.
No, I'm not talking about smashing insects with the rolled up calendar. Instead, use them to develop a pest-monitoring calendar for next year.
Take a few minutes to review this year's garden journal. Look for notes on any pest problems you encountered. Make a note to watch for these pests in next year's calendar. This helps with early detection; a key to successful control.
Consider adding notes about the weather and control measures you tried that were effective. Try using preventative eco-friendly measures like barriers and traps to prevent problems. Covering your cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower before the cabbageworm moths are active allows you to prevent damage.
Setting out shallow cans of stale beer will help you minimize feeding damage by slugs and snails during wet weather.
A bit more information: No garden journal? This is a good opportunity to create one that includes your growing successes, failures as well as pest problems. Use a spiral notebook, three-ring binder or computer calendar or spreadsheet. Just make it easy and fun. That way you are sure to keep recording, referencing and putting your gardening experiences to work.
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