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- DID YOU KNOW...?
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- DO YOU HAVE FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA?
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- WHAT IN THE WORLD? OVER THE FENCE
|Inside the upholstery of our reading chair: cozy nook for a kitten or gateway to Narnia? @DothTheDoth|
Young birds go through four growing stages: hatchling, nestling, fledgling and juvenile.
A wee bit of a break today as we had a smattering of rain and the temps stayed under 100. Still, that humidity creeps up on you. One minute I was happily working in the garden and the next I was drenched with sweat. And I wasn't even working up one!
DO YOU HAVE FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA?
The fear of Friday the 13th has been called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom "Friday" is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen)
Several theories have been proposed about the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition.One theory states that it is a modern mix of two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.
In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, the 12 successors of Muhammad in Shia Islam, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular. 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.
Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century's The Canterbury Tales, and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys, begin new projects or deploy releases in production. Black Friday has been associated with stock market crashes and other disasters since the 1800s.
Records of the superstition are rarely found before the 20th century, when it became extremely common. The connection between the Friday the 13th superstition and the Knights Templar was popularized in Dan Brown's 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code and in John J. Robinson's 1989 work Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry. On Friday, 13 October 1307, hundreds of the Knights Templar were arrested in France, an action apparently motivated financially and undertaken by the efficient royal bureaucracy to increase the prestige of the crown. Philip IV was the force behind this ruthless move.
Friday the 13th can occur as many as three times in a single year; either in February, March and November in an ordinary year (such as 1987), or January, April and July in leap years (such as 2012). Notable people who died on Friday the 13th include Diamond Jim Brady, Mickey Spillane,Hubert Humphrey,Benny Goodman, Tupac Shakur, Julia Child and Newsman Edwin Newman.
1865 Edward Whymper becomes the first to climb the Matterhorn; 4 others died in the descent
1930 First World Cup Race
1955 Last woman hanged in the U.K. for murder
1960 At age 43 John F. Kennedy wins the Democratic nomination for President, making him the youngest ever to be nominated
1985 Live Aid concert, 1 billion attend
2006 Israel bombs Beirut airport
2010 Legendary New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner dies
2012 Steven Tyler quits American Idol