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Yep! It's Friday the 13th...a-gain. This the 3rd time this year. I'm not superstitious, after all, I had a black cat for years. Anyway, here are 13 things to know about Friday the 13th. Now you can amaze your friends with your useless knowledge of this stuff...

13 Things To Know About Friday The 13th


Today marks another Friday the 13th this year. It’s the year’s third and final Friday the 13th. Friday the 13th has always been reviled as the unluckiest of all the days on a calendar. The International Business Times has compiled a list of tidbits about the date so many fear.


1. A wide range of sources claim that fear of Friday the 13th is the No. 1 superstition held by Americans. The fear can be so debilitating that there is even a treatment center set up to help people overcome it.

2. Friday the 13th is such a terrifying day for some people that a term has been coined for the intense fear of the day: “friggatriskaidekaphobia” or “paraskevidekatriaphobia.”

3. Thirteen people are said to have attended the Last Supper before Jesus died on a cross on a Friday, according to the Bible. The scene is told in John 13:21. Though some say one left before they ate.

4. This year there are three Friday the 13ths, 13 weeks apart, the first one being on January 13th. Most years there are two; last year there was only one – and the fact that they are 13 weeks apart from one another is an exceptional anomaly. It hasn’t happened since 1984.

5. In 1993, a study in a British Medical Journal ran a study called “Is Friday the 13th Bad for Your Health?” that found that though fewer people drove on Friday the 13th than on Friday the 6th over a period of years, there were more traffic accidents on Friday the 13ths. “Friday 13th is unlucky for some,” the study concluded. “The risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent. Staying at home is recommended.”

6. There appears to be no recorded evidence of a fear or superstition regarding Friday 13th before the 1800s. The earliest documented English reference to the day being unlucky was in an 1869 biography by Henry Sutherland Edwards.

7. The Church of Satan rings in Friday the 13th as a day when superstitions grip the pious: “Celebrate Friday The 13th! Today is ‘Friday the 13th,’ and we Satanists enjoy the consternation a simple number can conjure amongst the superstitious,” the church posted on its official website. “So, on this dreaded day, while the credulous cower we sally forth to indulge with gusto. Have a truly splendid day today and an even more enriching night, dear aficionados of the outré!”

8. Rapper Tupac Shakur died on Friday, September 13, 1996, after having been shot seven days earlier. Seven is another number to which much superstitious significance has been lent.

9. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was so superstitious that he refused to ride a train on Friday the 13th, according to Thomas Fernsler, a University of Delaware mathematician so versed in lore about the number that he is known as “Dr. 13.”

10. The word “coven” has long been used to describe a gathering of 13 witches.

11. A Norse myth promises “dire consequences” for people who choose to eat in groups of 13 diners, according to USA Today.

12. Most people know that many buildings have no 13th floor, but some cities go a step further by not even having a 13th Street or 13th Avenue.

13. The Knights Templar, of medieval fame, were imprisoned on Friday the 13th, according to USA Today.

Cookie Monster rocks Call Me Maybe! Yay! Read here. See below.

Going to the beach this summer? How about the pool? Do you ever break any rules of etiquette at the beach or pool?

Beach And Pool Etiquette


TripAdvisor has announced the results of its annual beach and pool etiquette survey, revealing that 83% of respondents believe people often violate some form of beach or pool etiquette, up from 74% in 2011; 31% have asked a stranger to stop behaving rudely at the beach or pool, up from 26% last year. Findings include:


Top Beach Violations Top Pool Violations
1. Blasting loud music (18%) 1. Pool chair hogging (29%)
2. People not picking up after their dogs (11%) 2. Blasting loud music (11%)
3. Beach chair hogging (9%) 3. Smoking (10%)


“Reserving” Chairs: an Unwelcome Practice

  • 84% get agitated when others save beach or pool chairs by leaving belongings on them.

  • 37% maintain there should be a 30-minute limit on seating being saved, while a further 30% will tolerate up to one hour – and just 14% think chair hogging for any longer than that is acceptable.

  • 19% maintain that saving chairs should not be allowed for any time period.


Personal Space on the Sand

  • The closest acceptable distance to sit next to another stranger at a crowded beach is three feet, according to 27% – while 26% set a boundary of six feet, and 15% say four feet meets their comfort levels.

  • On non-crowded sands, 34% consider 20 feet to be the closest acceptable distance to sit next to a fellow beach-goer, while 24% say seven to ten feet is appropriate, and 18% say 11 to 14 feet.


Top Restricted Beach and Pool Zones Travelers Wish for
Designated Beach Areas Designated Pool Areas
1. Pet-free areas (55%) 1. Child-free areas (68%)
2. Child-free areas (47%) 2. Mobile device-free areas (29%)
3. Clothing-optional areas (29%) 3. Clothing-optional areas (15%)


Travelers Oppose Waterside Smoking and Shower-Skipping

  • 89% think smoking at the pool should be prohibited.
  • 69% think that smoking at the beach should not be allowed.
  • 35% consider it a breach of etiquette not to rinse off before entering the pool – although 80% confess to not always doing so.

Have you seen the new Summer Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniforms? They kind of look like a vintage-y flight attendant uniform if you ask me. This is a picture I found from the AP.

Team USA To Be Decked Out In Uniforms Made In China


For the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in London, Team USA be proudly wearing red, white and blue, from beret to blazer, in uniforms crafted by designer Ralph Lauren. However, ABC News found that all the inside labels read: “made in China.” Every item in the uniforms that the U.S. athletes will be wearing at the opening ceremony in London will carry an overseas label, ABC News said. Nanette Lepore, one of the top U.S. fashion designers, said she was shocked that none of the uniforms had been made in the states. She added that it U.S. manufactures could have easily made the uniforms – and for less. Here’s how much the uniforms cost:


Men: Women:
Beret - $55 Beret - $55
Tie - $125 Scarf - $58
Belt - $85 Belt - $85
Shirt - $425 Shirt - $179
Blazer - $795 Skirt - $498
Trousers - $295 Blazer - $598
Shoes - $165  


After the news broke about the China-made uniforms, some lawmakers suggested making a bonfire with the outfits. “I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, “If they have to wear nothing but a symbol that says USA on it, painted by hand, that is what they should wear.” There is already a movement on Capitol Hill to make changes so this does not happen again at future Olympic Games. Lawmakers wrote a letter to the chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Lawrence Probst, calling it “shocking and deeply disappointing” and asking all U.S. team’s uniforms be made in America in the future.

Friday Toy Memory I never had this game but I remembered the commercial. Battleship! Remember the people sitting at the opera and the 2 dudes playing Battleship? Here's the link for the commercial.

MARC has changed the schedule on the Brunswick Line. The changes take effect on Monday. Here is the link for the new schedule.

07/13/2012 7:31AM
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