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Discussion: Why is Friday the 13th considered Unlucky?

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Nov. 13, 2009
BASH
Men's 60
4 posts
Why is Friday the 13th considered Unlucky?
Just one of many possible explanations from Wiki-Answers:

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. A bakerís dozen has 13 donuts for the Police. Many Senior softball managers refuse to bat exactly 13!

Letís see STEVE STONEMAN also 13 letters!

BASH (W.E. Ruth 60ís Communications Officer and Director of Marketing/catcher)


Nov. 13, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
There are tall buildings where the 13th floor is not listed. Been to two years ago but do not remember which. May have been in Frisco.
Nov. 13, 2009
Dbax
Men's 60
1279 posts
Yes, but none of this explains why 13 is considered unlucky.
Nov. 13, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
Prime number.


lol
Nov. 13, 2009
Brett
Men's 55
239 posts
Some historians trace the Christian distrust of Fridays to the church's overall opposition to pagan religions. Friday is named after Frigg, the Norse goddess of love and sex. This strong female figure, these historians claim, posed a threat to male-dominated Christianity. To fight her influence, the Christian church characterized her as a witch, vilifying the day named after her. This characterization may also have played a part in the fear of the number 13. It was said that Frigg would often join a coven of witches, normally a group of 12, bringing the total to 13. A similar Christian tradition holds that 13 is unholy because it signifies the gathering of 12 witches and the devil.

Some trace the infamy of the number 13 back to ancient Norse culture. In Norse mythology, the beloved hero Balder was killed at a banquet by the malevolent god Loki, who crashed the party of twelve, bringing the group to 13. This story, as well as the story of the Last Supper, led to one of the most entrenched connotations of the number 13: You should never sit down to a meal in a group of 13.

Another significant part of the Friday-the-13th legend is a particularly bad Friday the 13th that occurred in the middle ages. On a Friday the 13th in 1306, King Philip of France burned the revered Knights Templar at the stake, marking the occasion as a day of evil.
Nov. 13, 2009
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Bash, you interesting monster of a man.
I liked everything but the 13 letters
of your name brings the Devil's Luck
and links someone to Jeffrey Dahmer
and one of my favorite dark characters,
Albert De Salvo, the Boston Strangler.
Tony Curtis acted his butt off
in the movie.
And my name isn't Joseph Rinaldi.
It's Joe, I tell you, it's Joe Rinaldi,
only 10 letters.

Wait a minute.
Let's see here.

Malcolm Little
George Clooney
Homey the Clown
Patrick Swayze
George S Patton
Osama Bin Ladin
Simon of Cyrene
Mother of Jesus
Clark Griswald
Daniel Aykroyd
and
Linda Galiskis
my childhood sweetheart
who didn't love but was kind to me.

Hey Bash,
Does a rose by any other name
still smell as sweet?
I think I'm feeling better already.
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