Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday the 13th - Postcard Friendship Friday #111

Friday the 13th is said to be one of the unluckiest days of all.  I did some research on the historic origins of this day—but it appears no one seems to know exactly why this day is considered to be so unlucky—though there are plenty of interesting theories out there!

Some superstitious folks actually live in fear until the day is past.  Years ago, my darling husband started a Phobiologologist Club.  The way to become a member was to find a phobia word he'd never heard of, or to come up with a new phobia word which made him laugh!  The fear of Friday the 13th has been dubbed friggatriskaidekaphobia.  The word is a combination of Frigga -- the name of a Norse goddess for whom "Friday" is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen.  

It is interesting to note that in some cultures, Friday the 17th is considered to be far worse than Friday the 13th!  I guess it is all a matter of perspective.

Thank you dear ones, for all your thoughts and prayers over last week.  The blood tests ALL came back normal and other tests showed only one small cyst which they will be watching closely.  I go back for a mammogram every six months for awhile.  All that is left to be done is to visit a dermatologist specialist.  Once that is done, I will be home free.  Thanks again.

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Sreisaat said...

Hi Beth, glad to hear your test results aren't cause for alarm.

Friday the 13th has always scared me and seeing a black cat or dog on the road makes me really nervous. I guess it's the superstition attached to these. I read somewhere that in China, the number "4" is as feared as number "13'. For one, number "4" in the Chinese language sounds so much like the Chinese word for "death". And "13" is 1+3=4. I forgot where I read it though.

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Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I've always been a bit wary of Friday 13th but black cats are considered lucky in the UK.

I'm very glad your results turned out fine.

Heather said...

When I worked for the phone company, we had a lot of clients call for new phone numbers and they would request a phone number without the numeral 4. Very hard to accomodate depending where they lived.

Near here there is a fun Friday 13th event. Bikers (motorcylists) gather by the thousands at the tiny town of Port Dover and have a fun filled day.