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"Triskaidekaphobia"-say that five times fast

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Friday the 13th! OoOoOohhh, so spooky!

Triskaidekaphobia is a fear of the number 13. The origins of this fear are kind of unclear. Coupled with the unluckiness of 13 is the belief that Friday is unlucky day of the week, hence the superstitiously bad news day, Friday the 13. Best to just stay in bed.

Friday the 13th also happens to be a spectacularly bad day if you and/or your son drown in Camp Crystal Lake while teen camp counselors are making out and/or ignoring you OR if you happen to be a teen counselor heading up to Crystal lake to prepare it for re-opening after 20 years. (yes, that was a run on sentence, you darn grammar police).

Anyway, it is also very unlucky for you, the aforementioned teen camp counselor to ignore the bajillion warnings from weird but well meaning town folk to stay the hell away from Crystal lake.

so, if you happen to be somewhat stupid and ignore everything and everyone telling you to go home, just know...Things Will Not End Well For You.

Really, Friday-13th just seems to be a very unlucky day if you happen to just be a teenager, so try to avoid doing that.

And, well, *don't* have sex. Don't even think about sex! No such thing as safe sex if you happen to be a teenager on Friday the 13th, no matter what the year is.

Especially if you happen to be a camp counselor and/or an attractive blond girl with breasts of ample size. In fact, I would avoid camping and being a sex having teen like the plague.

But all is not lost, if you happen to be the semi virtuous Final Girl. If you aren't a girl (with any size bosom and/or virtuous) than I'm afraid you are just out of luck.

Have a nice day! Smile

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Yes, No, Maybe


I am relieved to know I am not the only one to remember Scooby and the gang. I was feeling a little old.

I didn't especially like them, but the show always seemed to be on. I ended up watching it, but all the episodes were out of order and aired at random times. And the movies? Oh, no. Just no.

Velma was the real brains of the operation and the rest were riding her coattails. Daphne Schmafnee (and yes, the green eyed monster was with me until I got contacts and ditched the Velma glasses. Who's the cute one now Daphne?)

I also could never understand why some teenage guy would wear that stupid ascot? Plus Shaggy always seemed dirty and came off like a creep. The dude ate dog food! Anyway, here comes the extremely long winded part of the post.



The Christian perspective on Friday the 13th *does* seem to be popular. I've compiled some supporting information, but personally I have changed my mind about the origins of Friday-13 fear.

Here is what happened. Loki showed up at the Last Supper and was his usual dick self. The rest is one big hand-wave. Time for some Scooby Snacks and cookies!

When did the Last Supper occur?

Maundy Thursday

What day was the Last Supper

Mary Magdalen

In Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, the figure at Jesus' right arm does not possess an easily identified gender. ... Is the Figure Mary Magdalene?

Fact: Mary Magdalene wasn't listed among those at the table in any of the four Gospels.

Yes, she was present during the Last Supper, according to Biblical accounts. Her role, however, was a minor supporting one. She wiped feet.

Secrets of Christianity? Shock

Chronicling their fascinating quest for truth through time and space, the authors reveal an astonishing new view of the real motives and character of the founder of Christianity, as well as the actual historical -- and revelatory -- roles of John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene.

Friday the 13th

Is pop culture to blame? (or)...Are there origins in religion?
While definite origins of the Friday the 13th superstition are unknown, many articles and research papers point to Christianity. Thirteen people attended the Last Supper: 12 disciples and Jesus. The following day — a Friday — Jesus was killed, Baldauff said.

Not everyone is convinced of religious ties, however. Luft said while fears of the number 13 and Friday are common in America, nothing in the Bible suggests aversions to either during the years the book covers or the centuries following.

Friday the 13th Superstitions Rooted in Bible and More

Friday the 13th superstitions are rooted in ancient bad-luck associations with the number 13 and the day Friday, said Donald Dossey, a folklore historian and author of Holiday Folklore, Phobias and Fun.

The two unlucky entities ultimately combined to make one superunlucky day. Dossey traces the fear of the number 13—aka, triskaidekaphobia—to a Norse myth about 12 gods having a dinner party at Valhalla, Norse mythology's heaven. In walked the uninvited 13th guest, the mischievous god Loki. Once there, Loki arranged for Hoder, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Balder the Beautiful, the god of joy and gladness, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. "Balder died, and the whole Earth got dark. The whole Earth mourned. It was a bad, unlucky day," Dossey said.

There is also a biblical reference to the unlucky number 13. Judas, the apostle said to have betrayed Jesus, was the 13th guest to the Last Supper. (See "Lost Gospel Revealed; Says Jesus Asked Judas to Betray Him.") As for Friday, it's well known among Christians as the day Jesus was crucified.

Is Friday the 13th "really" bad or are superstitions playing with your mind?

Jane Risen, a behavioral scientist at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has found that superstitions can influence even nonbelievers. In one study, Risen found that people who identify as superstitious and non-superstitious both believe a bad outcome is more likely when they've been jinxed, such as by stating they definitely won't get into a car accident.
“Generally speaking, I find that this occurs because the bad outcome springs to mind and is imagined more clearly following the jinx,” she explains. “People use the ease of imagining something as a cue to its likelihood.”

Jane L. Risen conducts research in the areas of judgment and decision making, intuitive belief formation, magical thinking, stereotyping and prejudice, and managing emotion.

Rooted in Religion?
Where does a fear of Friday the 13th come from in the first place?

It's difficult to pin down the origins and evolution of a superstition. But Stuart Vyse, a professor of psychology at Connecticut College in New London, said our fear of Friday the 13th may be rooted in religious beliefs surrounding the 13th guest at the Last Supper—Judas, the apostle said to have betrayed Jesus—and the crucifixion of Jesus on a Friday, which was known as hangman's day.

The series was ruined when

The series was ruined when they added Crapp(er)srappy Doo

Mary magdeline was originally a Disciple until some seriouse editing was done at the council of trent @891 AD 9 or first Laterin council)


Make my cookie Chocolate Chip Pleeeeese Big smile

'course I remember Scooby Doo

The cartoons that is. I've not watched the movie and don't want to.

kathycf wrote:
There were 13 people at the Last Supper, one of whom betrayed Jesus, as well as Jesus being crucified on a Friday.
I know that's a popular explanation, but: Jesus had 12 disciples - didn't that make 13 at every supper, not just the Last? Which was on what day? Crucified Friday, so sham trial Thursday after arrested Wednesday?

And wasn't Mary Magdalene at the Last Supper too, which would make 14, or have I got the story quite muddled?

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Official Blog Mascot and I don't even like slasher movies

It's true, I really don't like slasher movies like Friday the 13th but despite that I have decided to add in another special blog mascot. Not to be pedantic (as if, hurhur) but notice I said slasher - one who slashes, generally done with a machete. Not flasher - one who flashes, generally done with a raincoat sans pants. Just in case we have any gutter minds hanging about. Which, now that I think about it, would probably just be me so...yeah. Shock
Jason says...


This video pretty much sums up almost all Friday the 13th movies as well as Scooby Doo cartoons. Except for the end part with Velma. I've never seen that in any Scooby cartoon. Ruhrow!
Wow, I just got a sick feeling. Am I the only one to remember (or even know about) Scooby Doo? Jinkies! Say it isn't so. Sad

If you've made it this far...have a cookie.

My opinion on the prevailing reason for triska-whatever as well as Friday being a bad day is primarily religious in nature. There were 13 people at the Last Supper, one of whom betrayed Jesus, as well as Jesus being crucified on a Friday.

A somewhat similar religious situation occurs in Norse mythology with Loki crashing a party of 12 other gods at Valhalla and (because he was a dick) arranges the assassination of Baldur.

Lili also mentioned Friday the 13th being a bad day because of the Knights Templar, many of whom were arrested, tortured and executed on Friday the 13th of October 1307. This was arranged by King Philip IV of France (also quite a dick) who had various economic and political reasons for getting rid of the Knights.

Well, have a nice day!

P.S. My middle name is Pedantic. Why I call myself kathycf instead of kathypf is anybody's guess. Tongue

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it was also a bad day...

It was also a bad day for the Knights Templar see link The Knights did not all disappear however. More on that later.