|Although I’m probably the least superstitious person in the world, Friday the 13th is the day that I’m looking at with dread. Now this time we just missed it. |
But I was curious what it was all about and where the origins for the fear of an unlucky day lay. So the easiest way to find out is looking for an explanation on the Internet. Let’s see…
According to folklorists, there is no written evidence for a "Friday the 13th" superstition before the 19th century. The earliest known documented reference in English occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards' 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13th.
He [Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that one Friday 13th of November he died.
Several theories have been proposed about the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition.
One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.
There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.
When you go and buy eggs you probably buy 12 in a carton, not 13. That would mean one egg extra in a separate package or the carton would give room for 14 with one space empty.
12 eggs… not 13
That would probably arouse suspicions. Where is the 14th egg??? Who took it? Besides of that the English measuring system builds on the number 12. There’s 12 inch to a foot and 12 feet to a yard. They don’t do that kind of funny thing on the European mainland. Over there it’s 10, 100, 1000… it’s called METRIC.
But hey I’m straying. Let’s get back to Friday the 13th.
According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day making it the most feared day and date in history. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. "It's been estimated that USD$800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day". Despite this, representatives for both Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines have stated that their airlines do not suffer from any noticeable drop in travel on those Fridays.
Well, wouldn’t you know it!
WOW…there was a lot of learning for me. Had no idea. Well, I don’t know anybody who has died or had a bad accident on Friday the 13th. Like I said, I’m not superstitious. But, that makes me think of what Bea some times say when I predict something bad to happen or just happen to jokingly say something negative, and she always says that in Norwegian and it sounds like this: “Det kan gå Troll i ord” (de kan go troll i oord) Did you figure that one out? It means the Troll can be in the word. (…and make it real) So now you know.
Well I haven’t seen a trolls in a long time. But i hear there are always sitting a few in the government.
Have a great Sunday!
PS.: The snow is gone, and winds have calmed down as well.