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11. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I presume that that is part of the Communist Reform...same as in Cuba. They dont celebrate any religion or hold any religious holidays...

12. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 11y

i donno why friday the 13th is unlucky. i dont believe in luck really. but someone murdered my kitten on friday the 13th.. i think some kids were being malicious and killing everyones pets with poision. was a sad sad day. i miss you teddy bear. she was a cute kitty.

13. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

I think it all started when Sam was born on Friday the 13th

14. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting lovelee

i donno why friday the 13th is unlucky. i dont believe in luck really. but someone murdered my kitten on friday the 13th.. i think some kids were being malicious and killing everyones pets with poision. was a sad sad day. i miss you teddy bear. she was a cute kitty.

Horror!!!! Poor kitten...there is nothing more cruel in my mind that to kill an defenseless animal or any animal for that matter...

15. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th. Therapist Dr. Donald Dossey, whose specialty is treating people with irrational fears, coined the term. He claims that when you can pronounce the word you are cured.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is related to triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13.

Superstition about Friday the 13th may well be the number one superstition in America today. The number 13 is considered especially unfavorable though it was considered a lucky number in ancient Egypt and China. There were 13 people at the Last Supper. And several mass murderers have 13 letters in their names: Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy. Of course, millions of people who haven't committed any murders, such as Richard Cheney and Robert Redford, have 13 letters in their names, too. As far as I know, nobody has studied how many dinner parties with 13 present went off uneventfully. Witches, perhaps to clearly oppose themselves to a Christian superstition, sometimes have groups of 13 known as covens.

Some think 13 owes its bad reputation to Loki, the Norse god of evil, who started a riot when he crashed a banquet at Valhalla attended by 12 gods.

Some cities skip 13th Ave., but not Sacramento, which has an intersection where 13th Street crosses 13th Avenue. Some buildings skip from the 12th to the 14th floor, which, of course, means that the 14th floor is actually the 13th floor.

The ancient Egyptians considered the 13th stage of life to be death, i.e., the afterlife, which they thought was a good thing. The Death card in a tarot deck is numbered 13 and represents transformation. Those cultures with lunar calendars and 13 months don't associate 13 with anything sinister.

Friday may be considered unlucky because Christ is thought to have been crucified on a Friday, which was execution day among the Romans. Yet, Christians don't call it Bad Friday. Friday was also Hangman's Day in Britain. Some even think that Friday was the day God threw Adam and Eve out of Eden.

Friday is Frigga's Day. Frigga (Frigg) was an ancient Scandinavian fertility and love goddess, equivalent to the Roman Venus who had been worshipped on the sixth day of the week. Christians called Frigga a witch and Friday the witches' Sabbath; modern Wiccans are happy to oblige. Some call fear of Friday the 13th "friggatriskaidekaphobia."

Is Friday the 13th a particularly unlucky day? It could be...if you believe it is. Some prophecies are self-fulfilling.

16. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Many planes skip row 13 as well. But sometimes, when they don't, it just 'happens' to be the emergency exit row ;) In fact, that is my favourite seat on the plane. It's got more legroom and in the case of an extremely rare emergency where the exit would actually be any use, I'll be the first to escape!

Does anyone ever wonder why airlines still tell us how to use our lifevests when the flight is going nowhere near water??

17. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Maybe they are hoping to find a small body of water...though I hear hitting water is the same as hitting rock at those speeds...

18. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

I guess those life vests might save us from drowning in the swimming pool we just crashed into. I can't say I can recall a single incident where people survived a plane crash because of their lifevests.

19. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

I think it all started when Sam was born on Friday the 13th

That's interesting. My older brother was also born on Friday the 13th

20. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

Many planes skip row 13 as well. But sometimes, when they don't, it just 'happens' to be the emergency exit row ;) In fact, that is my favourite seat on the plane. It's got more legroom and in the case of an extremely rare emergency where the exit would actually be any use, I'll be the first to escape!

Does anyone ever wonder why airlines still tell us how to use our lifevests when the flight is going nowhere near water??

Only speculation but ... Perhaps the pilots may be trained to head towards water (lake, dam, river, etc) in the event of a pending crash.