Friday, September 13, 2013

Happy Friday the Thirteenth!

Ever wonder the origins of Friday the Thirteenth?  Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained from Credo Reference gives some background:

The superstition is often said to have ancient origins, and a number of theories have been proposed to explain it. The most common comes from the Christian tradition, and combines the separate fears that both Fridays and the number thirteen are unlucky. Friday is the day on which Jesus was crucified, and some theologians have suggested that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit on a Friday. Friday was also considered a bad day to start any new undertaking and, in the medieval Christian tradition, may have been considered unlucky because it was the Muslim Sabbath. Added to this, there were thirteen people at the Last Supper (Jesus and his twelve disciples), and Judas Iscariot is said to have either been the thirteenth to arrive at the feast, or the first leave it, on his way to betray Jesus. However, thirteen was considered unlucky before this by the Romans, for whom twelve was a number of completeness (as, for instance, there being twelve months in a complete year, twelve signs of the zodiac, and so on). Thirteen was one beyond this, and thus beyond the pale. Thirteen is also the traditional number of members of a coven: sometimes said to be twelve witches and satan.


Also, the kid in the red/orange sweater is KILLING it in the Stevie Wonder video.

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