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    Friday The 13th... anyone know the history?

    I was just wondering why people say Friday the 13th is bad luck... or whatever it is they say
    Anyone know the history behind it?
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    Wow, I didn't even realize it was Friday the 13th today. Uh oh

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    thee are probably several sources Cali, but I searched and found this.
    Friday the 13th was considered unlucky originally because of "the Knights Templar" incident. Friday October the 13th, 1307, the Pope and the King of France, trumped up charges that the Knights Templar were devil worshipers and they were burned them at the stake.

    The real reason is the Pope was jealous of their wealth and power. The Knights Templar were the richest group in Europe at that time, were loved by the 'common' folk, and more popular than the Pope.
    Also Jaques DeMolay, the head of the Knights Templar, was extremely handsome, and uh, well, the Pope was as ugly as sin.

    As Jaques DeMolay, was burning at the stake, he cursed the Pope and King of France, to die within the year. Both the Pope and King of France died within the year.
    And so that is the real reason that Friday the 13th is considered unlucky.
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    This site has a nice explanation of why Friday the 13th is unlucky. A couple of pop-ups though, be forewarned.

    Paraskevidekatriaphobics those afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th.

    Surprisingly, they found that in the region sampled, while consistently fewer people chose to drive on Friday the 13th, the number of hospital admissions due to accidents was significantly higher than on normal Fridays.
    The sixth day of the week and the number 13 each have foreboding reputations dating from ancient folklore; their inevitable conjunction from one to three times a year portends more misfortune than some credulous minds can bear. Folklorists say it's probably the most widespread superstition in America (and no doubt other parts of the world, as well). Some people won't go to work on Friday the 13th. Some won't eat in restaurants. Many wouldn't think of setting a wedding on the date.
    Another explanation suggests the number 13 was purposely vilified by the priests of patriarchal religions because it represented femininity. Thirteen was revered in prehistoric goddess-worshipping cultures because it corresponded to the number of lunar (menstrual) cycles in a year (13 x 28 = 364 days). (The "Earth Mother of Laussel," a 27,000-year-old carving near the Lascaux caves in France, depicts a female figure holding a cresent-shaped horn bearing 13 notches.) As the solar calendar triumphed over the lunar with the rise of ancient civilization, so did the number 12 over the number 13.

    One of the more concrete early taboos connected with the number 13 is said to have started with the Hindus, who believed (for reasons I haven't been able to ascertain) that it was always unlucky for 13 people to gather in one place say, for dinner. Interestingly enough, exactly the same superstition has been attributed to the Vikings, though many scholars regard this and the accompanying mythological explanation as apocryphal. In any case, the story has been told as follows:

    Twelve gods were invited to a banquet at Valhalla. Loki, the Evil One, god of mischief, had been excluded from the guest list but chose to crash the party, bringing the total to 13. True to form, Loki raised hell by inciting Hod, the blind god of winter, to attack Balder the Good, who happened to be a favorite of the gods. Hod took a spear of mistletoe offered by Loki and hurled it at Balder, killing him instantly. All of Valhalla grieved. And although one might take the moral of this story to be "Beware of uninvited guests bearing mistletoe," the Norse themselves supposedly concluded that 13 people at a dinner party is just plain bad luck.

    As if to prove the point, the Bible tells us there were exactly 13 present at the Last Supper. One of the dinner guests er, apostles went on to betray Jesus Christ, setting the stage for the crucifixion.

    Did I mention the crucifixion took place on a Friday?

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    And about Friday...

    You could say Friday's bad reputation in western culture goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. It was on a Friday, supposedly, that Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit. Adam bit, as we all know, and they were both ejected from Paradise. Tradition also holds that the Great Flood began on a Friday; God tongue-tied the builders of the Tower of Babel on a Friday; the Temple of Solomon was destroyed on a Friday; and Friday was the day of the week on which Christ was crucified. Traditionally, it is a day of penance for Christians.
    Though it's clear that superstitions associating both Fridays and the number 13 with misfortune date back to ancient times, some sources pinpoint the origin of the black spot on Friday the 13th in a specific historical event: the rounding up of the Knights Templar for torture and execution by King Philip IV of France on Friday, October 13, 1307.

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    wow wee! Thanks

    Interesting about misletoe too. Now we kiss under it
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    The first "Friday the 13th" was released in 1980. It was about a young boy named Jason who drowned in a camp lake...
    When you're ten years old and a car drives by and splashes a puddle of water all over you, it's hard to decide if you should go to school like that or try to go home and change and probably be late. So while he was trying to decide, I drove by and splashed him again. - Jack Handey

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    Paulie
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    Originally posted by Paulie
    The first "Friday the 13th" was released in 1980. It was about a young boy named Jason who drowned in a camp lake...

    Paulie......I've missed this
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    Paulie!

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