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happy Friday the 13th. I'm not superstitious but I know some people who are. Is anyone here worried about Friday the 13th? Anyone have any other superstitions?
 
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Every year of this day, the TV channel will definitely show the movie "Jason blah blah blah".
 
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I went to renew a library card this morning and the librarian said.
"Oh! It's Friday the 13th." I must admit I had to quell an impulse to renew the card at a later date.

I'm more superstitious of black cats crossing the road and lone magpies.
[ August 13, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]
 
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
I went to renew a library card this morning and the librarian said.
"Oh! It's Friday the 13th." I must admit I had to quell an impulse to renew the card at a later date.

I'm more superstitious of black cats crossing the road and lone magpies.

[ August 13, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]



Some superstitions probably have a base in a sensible cause. I don't walk under ladders, for example. Not because its unlucky, but because there's normally someone up the top with a bucket that may fall on my head. Its a similar story with cats crossing roads and magpies. One can result in a nasty stain on the front of your car, and the other can result in a nasty stain on the top of your head
 
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I don't whistle in a theatre. (it's a lesser known superstition, but a VERY strongly held one in some areas). But the reasons are historical...

Before the days of electronic communication, the cues for the Fly operator (who is often 30+ feet above stage level) to lower in the scenerey were done by the stage manager whistling. So, if you whistled at the wrong time, a big hunk of scenery could drop on your head.
 
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Everyone is back from lunch early today and seems to be working hard! FREAKY!!
 
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Originally posted by Joe King:


.. cats crossing roads and magpies. One can result in a nasty stain on the front of your car, and the other can result in a nasty stain on the top of your head



Worry if it is a black cat and a single magpie!!!

A lucky rabbit's foot can't be lucky for the rabbit, can it ?

Here's a tip on what to do if yoy set eyes on a single magpie :

"There are many omens and superstitions relating to the Magpie ,in Scotland the following rhyme says it all One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver ,Six for gold, Seven for a secret never to be told. I know personally how unlucky it is to see only one magpie, myself I have a book in my car that has pics of 2 magpies so that if i have misfortune to see one I just look at book and see 3, and then the spell is broken."
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
"There are many omens and superstitions "



I have my own very much personalised superstitions like wearing blue shirt will make my day good. So I dont worry about other superstitions .
 
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
A lucky rabbit's foot can't be lucky for the rabbit, can it ?
[ August 13, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]



It can be lucky if the rabbit is using a different rabbit's foot!

My step-Dad says it is unlucky to give a knife to someone. Irish superstition holds that it will sever the relationship. He has sold me several very nice knives for a nickel each!
 
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Originally posted by Ray Marsh:

My step-Dad says it is unlucky to give a knife to someone. Irish superstition holds that it will sever the relationship.



That's also a Japanese superstition! They say it will cut apart any bonds. They also advise not to make wedding gifts of clocks, especially, to a Japanese couple.
[ August 13, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]
 
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I used to change my way when a black cat crossed it -- not that I was superstitious, but just in case. One day I went to the exam to which I wasn't too well prepared and a damn black cat crossed the road. I decided I can sacrifice one exam to see what would happen if I crossed black cat's crossing. I got a better grade than I expected and even better than I deserved.
 
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How bad can it get: Fidel Castro's birthday is today, Friday the 13th! {Twilight Zone theme playing in the background!}
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[Sorry but my heart, mind and my residence (I forgot my soul) are here in South Florida! Ha ha! Wait! Why is the wind blowing so hard!?&%^&* Shoot!]
 
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
I'm more superstitious of black cats crossing the road and lone magpies.
[ August 13, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]



I'm more afraid of accompanied magpies.
 
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I would be only happy that i wasn't looking up when the magpie flew over

Ever since my Huckelberry Finn and Tom Sawyer days, if i spilt salt, unknowingly i have been throwing some of it over my left shoulder - i realised this only recently
 
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When tossing salt over ones shoulder it is bad luck to have poor aim and hit yourself in the eye!
 
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I used to work with a young woman that refused to leave her house on Friday the 13th. I thought she was kidding until she didn't show up at work that Friday.
 
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in the news here there was a report about one highly superstitious man who locked himself in his home with all doors and windows shut tight to prevent anything bad from happening.

He was stung by a wasp and died before he could get to help...
 
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On Saturday, a lone magpie flew in front of me while I was driving.

I skidded to a halt and looked in vain for a second.

I think I should have stopped and clapped my hands loudly. If there were more they would have flown away together ?

Joking aside- it's amusing afterwards how those first few minutes are worrying.
[ August 16, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]
 
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
On Saturday, a lone magpie flew in front of me while I was driving.

I skidded to a halt and looked in vain for a second.

I think I should have stopped and clapped my hands loudly. If there were more they would have flown away together ?

Joking aside- it's amusing afterwards how those first few minutes are worrying.

[ August 16, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]



I got over superstitions on my 13th birthday, which was on a Friday 13th.
 
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Things you may not know about Friday the 13th.

Ah yes, the infamous Friday the 13th. Feared by many, it's also the title of a movie series... But I think I'll stick to the date rather than the movies. There have been quite a few Friday the 13s recently: June 13, 2003, then February 13, 2004, and now, August 13, 2004 is a Friday again � enough to send chills down your spine.

So why do people fear Friday the 13th? What makes people so jittery, even stopping them from going to work on this day? Thirteen is an out and out occult number. Apparently, witches meet in groups of 13 to receive orders from their masters and this 13th being a Friday,its a deadly combination.But is this combination really dangerous? What is the mystery and rationale behind the fear of Friday the 13th?

The myth of the dread of 13: The number 13 is dreaded by most people the world over. Hotels do not have room number 13; even the opera houses in Italy avoid this number. One reason for the dread of 13 is because it is an occult symbol, in occult it signifies the skeleton with scythe (death) reaping down men (the picture of a crowned head of a man fallen at the point of the scythe). At its back, is a female head with flowing hair parted in the centre. This is a symbol of the conception of realisation. This number indicates death, transmutation, deception, destruction, hope, faith and rebirth. In the Kabala, at number 13, arises the Emperor, completely armed to gain his empire. In fact, the occult school says, 'He who understands 13 hath the keys of
power and Dominion.'

The ill-luck associated with the number 13 originated from the fate of Jesus as the 13th guest among his 12 apostles in the Biblical account of the Last Supper. The Bible tells us that one of the dinner guests � apostles � went on to betray Jesus Christ, setting the stage for the crucifixion of Jesus on the next day�a Friday! It was, for many years, designated the day for capital punishment and informally referred to as "hangman's day."

More Facts
� Number 10 Paraskevidekatriaphobics is the phenomenon which describes
those afflicted with a morbid fear of Friday the 13th.
� 8% of Americans 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.
� Chinese and Egyptians regarded the number as lucky.
� The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged
from their vocabulary (Brewer, 18 9! 4).
� Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue.
� Many buildings don't have a 13th floor.
� If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck
(Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and
Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names).
� It was on a Friday, supposedly, that Eve tempted Adam with the
forbidden fruit.
� Tradition also holds that the Great Flood began on a Friday.

It is said
� Never change your bed on Friday; it will bring bad dreams.
� Don't embark on a trip on Friday or you will have misfortune.
� If you cut your nails on Friday, you cut them for sorrow.
� Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck.

Friday The 13th Is Also Considered Unlucky Because...
� There are thirteen lunar months in a year, and the day Friday (named
after the Goddess Frigga) was sacred to many Goddesses, including
Aphrodite, Venus, and their African counterpart Yemaja.
� Friday is the day of the Goddess Freya and because Christian monks
considered everything associated with female divinity unlucky.
� Friday the 13th was especially unlucky since it combined Freya's
sacred day with her sacred number.
� Her number, 13, was drawn from the 13 months of the pagan, lunar
goddess-given menstrual calendar.
� When pagan votaries of Freya continued to celebrate her rites on
Friday, the Church designated her day as the day of "devil worship."
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Fear of magpies is perfectly logical!

At this time of year in Australia magpies start their breeding cycle, this results in anyone having the misfortune of walking/running/cycling past the particular tree the magpies are nesting in being swooped on and pecked HARD on the top of the head... I can tell you from experience that these birds are dangerous - it hurts!!

..and they are smart, they wont fly straight at you (indeed some people take to wearing sunglasses on the back of their head when traversing a magpie zone to put them off attacking from behind) - they fly round and swoop down from behind where you cant see them!

So... If you have the misfortune to see a lone magpie - turn around and make sure that its partner isnt about to swoop down and give you a headache!


The following website has a few bits of advice on how to avoid magpies and why they are so dangerous:

Australian Government Website on Swooping Birds
 
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