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A Tribute to Thirteen

April 13, 2012

Are you superstitious? Have you been extra careful this Friday the 13th? I’d like to say that number thirteen doesn’t bother me, but sometimes silly thoughts creep up from the darkest corners and such Fridays, even if nothing bad happens, become an exception that just confirms the rule. I wish I could get rid of anything negative – all this does is create a ground for irrational anxiety.

Do you know why we’re so scared of number thirteen?

According to tradition, on the first Friday the 13th Eve tempted Adam to eat an apple. With time, people started to believe that this day brings bad omen and misfortune.

In XIX century, Insurance Company Lloyd, decided to not insure ships that were setting sail on Friday the 13th.

Recently occurred a new term to describe people who are afraid of Fridays the 13th – paraskavedekatriaphobia. It took its name from Greek word – paraskevi (Friday) and dekatreis (13), and phobia which in Greek means fear.

In our current civilization, number 13 became a number of misfortune. In many public places there is no 13th floor, room, doors, chairs, etc.

In computer era, many viruses are activated on Fridays the 13th.”

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Well, nothing bad happened so far, so I’m treating today as nearly the middle of April. The weather has finally warmed up a bit and I have noticed some changes in the garden – I have some photos to share (from my “trip” round the house), before we all disappear to enjoy the weekened.

P.S. “Friday the 13th in most of the countries on the World is perceived as a day of misfortune and bad luck. The only exception is Greece, Romania and Spain, where misfortune brings Tuesday the 13th and Italy – Friday 17th.”

Information found on: Pepe.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2012 1:59 pm

    Nice explanation and even better images, thanks

  2. April 13, 2012 2:25 pm

    Well I was born on Sept. 13th. Often it falls on a Friday. Doesn’t bother me one bit, but show me a black cat and I am officially wigged out. 🙂

    Great post!

  3. nitrogenseekers permalink
    April 13, 2012 4:37 pm

    I was born on a Friday the 13th, so nothing but good IMO!

    • April 14, 2012 1:42 pm

      As I’ve mentioned above – silly thoughts. Friday the 13th is just a normal day 🙂

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