Froggy's Friday The 13th

My Birthday

Yep, it's my birthday and it's Friday the 13th. Seems fitting!.

I have never held with the Friday the 13th is "bad luck" thing. Actually almost every Friday the 13th have been good days for me.

You see my life has been full of "luck" anyway. Most of it has been bad.

Hey, maybe I work just the opposite. Maybe Friday the 13th is my lucky day.

Maybe I should go hit the casino.

Oh well, enough about me. Scroll down and I will share some facts and pictures and videos all about Friday the 13th.

Origins

The number 13 has been considered unlucky for a very long time. We know that the number 13 was omitted from Babylon's Code of Hammurabi which was dated to at least 1700 B.C.

Since that day the number 13 is considered very unlucky. Ever notice on buildings with more than 12 floors, there is never a floor 13?

Scroll down for more myths and facts about Friday the 13th.

Friday the 13th Myths:

• If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, someone in your family will die. • A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life. • If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you will be the next to die.

Friday the 13th Anecdotes:

•In 1913, a New York pastor tried to assuage couples' fears by offering to marry them for free on Friday the 13th.  • In 1939, a small town in Indiana forced all black cats to wear bells on Friday, October 13th. When the measure seemed to work (nothing bad happened, at any rate) the town continued the practice for the next three years.   •At the time, October 13, 1989 was the second largest Dow drop in history. Nicknamed the "Friday the 13th mini-crash," these days it's not even in the top 10. That might be the scariest fact of all.

Jesus and the Last Supper

Many believe it no coincidence that there were 13 people at the Last Supper. Not long after Judas Iscariot gave Jesus up and then committed suicide.

Many people also believe the Jesus Christ was crucified on Friday the 13th. 

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Get Over It

I actually think many people make it bad in their own minds. I say get over it; make it another day.

It's not that bad.

There has not been any real major things happen on a Friday the 13th in a long time.

This is from Wikipedia:

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. 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 [US]$800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day".[5] Despite this, representatives for both Delta and Continental Airlines say that their airlines don't suffer from any noticeable drop in travel on those Fridays.[13]

Isn't that just crazy?

It just amazes me how a number can affect people in such a way.

Well enough rambling, enjoy this other stuff on Friday the 13th.


© G.L. Boudonck

© 2009 Greg Boudonck

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

Happy Birthday!

I never notice when it's friday the 13th. But its Valentine's Day Eve as well. Hearts to you!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Happy Birthday Froggy and here is to many happy returns. My Dads birthday was January the 13th and it seemed that many good life altering things happened on that particular day all his life long.

Great hub greetings from a very cold Canada, regards Zsuzsy


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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Birthday greetings, Froggy. I'm not superstitous myself, but I've had a few friends who are. It doesn't bother me, but sometimes they go to extremes. It's totally illogical.


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ccdursina 7 years ago from Spring Green WI

Happy birthday! If nothing else, havea drink and some fun! Thank you for the hub!


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Froggy213 7 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you all!!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Well bad luck or good luck or no luck - happy birthday to you and i wish you the best of luck (no matter the date) for the rest of the year, and the next, and the next... :D


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Netters 7 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

Happy Belated Birthday...and Happy Valentine's Day!

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