Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday the 13th

Are you superstitious?  

Do you do any special things on Friday the 13th to avoid 'trouble'?
My husband had an uncle who didn't get out of bed on Friday the 13th all of his adult life!!

Are there any stories about superstition you could share?



Thanks!

Z

48 comments:

Ed Bonderenka said...

I have a fear that someone will do something stupid BECAUSE it's Friday the 13th that will affect me poorly.
Swerve to miss a black cat and run into my lane or such.

Jim at Asylum Watch said...

I knew a CEO of a major corporation that kept a tuxedo clad Paddington Bear, which was given a seat in the conference room should there otherwise be thirteen people present.

FreeThinke said...

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

~ George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Linda said...

The number 13 has been good to us! We got engaged on the 13th, married on the 13th live on block 13, lot 13, and we have 13 grandchildren!

Linda said...

I had to sign in, again, so here is another comment so I can see follow up comments.

It is raining, hard, here! No flooding, yet!

cube said...

No. My jersey from the honor society at college had the number '13' on the back. And I have had a black cat for many, many years.

LOL Anonymous said...

I Hate to Be the Bearer of Bad News But: this one I enjoyed
I report, you decide.



Shaw Kenawe Said:
“I no longer comment at Geez and AOW, since anytime I do, their regulars attack me instead of my ideas. One of them even suggested that Muslims hunt me down and do me harm.
It's some sort of sickness with them.”



And then
Rational Nation USA Said:
“I no longer visit geeeeZ. Reasons should be obvious.”

FreeThinke said...
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FreeThinke said...


_______ FRIDAY THIRTEEN _______

Fools to nonsense eagerly lend credence.
Reality they shun; it’s too complex.
Instead vacuity will take precedence.
Divorcing thought from action often wrecks
Any hope of living ruled by Reason.
Yet, it’s easier to follow than to lead.
This laziness makes for a crazy season
Harming our best chances to succeed.
Ignorance we cling to with great pride
Resisting solid knowledge with great strength.
The narrow we respect, reject the wide,
Enjoy old wives’ tales we’ve been told at length.
Enraptured by Tradition’s constipation
Nurtures comfort in stultification.


~ FreeThinke (9/13/13)

Z said...
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Z said...

Good stories, everybody!!

Ed, you DO crack me up!

Linda.that's amazing!! 13 13 13!!

Cube, no worries for YOU!!

LOL Anonymous...??? That's fine!

Come on, everybody...Superstitions are nuts but FUN!! Let's get some more stories going!! :-) they're great!

Anybody got anymore!? :-)

Robert Sinclair said...

On Friday, 13 October 1307, hundreds of the Knights Templar were arrested in France, an action apparently motivated financially and undertaken by the efficient royal bureaucracy to increase the prestige of the crown. Philip IV and Pope Clement V conspired to tarnish the reputation of the Templars. Refusing to confess to false charges, most of the knights were tortured and then put to death, including their master knight. A few escaped to Scotland, including one William Sinclair (formerly St. Claire). Friday the 13th was a very unhappy day for those hundreds.

Anonymous said...

It was a dark and rainy night, it was the best of nations, it was the worst of nations…

Oh, well, alright. But first, before I continue with tonight’s main topic, I have to tell you that a new bride pushed her husband off a cliff and killed him because she really didn’t want to be actually married, she just wanted to have the fun of a wedding. What a party girl, hey?

Vladimir Putin, my newly found and more-admired-as-each-day-goes-by hero, has struck again. He offered Obama a way out of being confronted with his Syrian “red line” threat that he subsequently denied saying, when he did, and on TV, by saying that Syrian President Bashar Assad had agreed to having an international consortium take charge of his stockpile of chemical weapons.

Obama, standing there with all that egg on his face, jumped at Putin’s offer of a wet towel to clean his image up with. Of course, the offer does come with a few little caveats…… Like for instance agreeing to never ever attack Syria for any reason, along with a variety of other requirements.

So our noble and highly esteemed president made the speech to Congress today that had been previously scheduled, and originally was intended to push for an attack on Syria, but was changed to push for no attack, to hit the “pause” button instead, and maybe to attack later. It was the No Content presidential speech of the century.

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Superstitious? Not at all.

(BZ throws salt over his shoulder.)

BZ

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Brooke said...

BZ, my grandmother STILL does that! LOL!

Just another day as far as I'm concerned. Bad stuff doesn't wait to occur. ;)

skudrunner said...

Never accept salt from someone else, they must first put it sown. Have no idea why this is something that stuck but it did.

Thersites said...

You should ask Neils Bohr starting @ 0:50

Anonymous said...

Alex Rodriguez ( AROD ) is #13.

Anonymous said...

I had intended to do a follow-up on yesterday’s post regarding O’Bagy and the organization funded by our military contractors the Institute for the Study of War. But I am “plum wore out.” Will work on it this weekend. But this should hold us over. In one of the most condescending arrogant clips, Moochie assumes we are too ignorant to stay alive without her. By the way Moochie… water isn’t free.

And if you don’t drink your water she will come to your house, rip both your arms off, take your garden hose, jam it down your throat and crank it up to high until you have water squirting from every orifice in your body.

Anonymous said...

From Geeeez:

Anonymous, you need to start a blog! Sounds like you have good ideas.
I like to stay more on topic here with whatever I chose for the day, but I sure appreciate your interest in GeeeZ

Brooke "bad stuff doesn't wait to occur" ARGH!! You're usually more positive than THAT :-)
xx

Thersites...can't open the link right now...tell me what Neil said!

Always On Watch said...

I don't pay any attention to "unlucky" numbers.

But I do wonder what the handicap van company is thinking today. Our van is delivered this evening -- if the trailer it's on doesn't have another breakdown, that is. The trailer broke down yesterday on THE TWELFTH.

Always On Watch said...

Z,
I know why Brooke said Bad stuff doesn't wait to occur. See this comment she made over at her place.

Always On Watch said...

Linda,
13's everywhere for you!

Mustang said...

I walked under a ladder once; the next day, Ducky showed up at my blog and he hasn't gone away since. I wasn't superstitious before that; I am now.

Duckys here said...

Ah, thanks for the fan mail, mustang.

Kid said...

Just that 13 is my lucky number. else, nope not really.

Kid said...

Cube, I love black cats, they have fantastic personalities.

Pris said...

I'm not superstitious. Sorry Z, but I don't have any stories for you, except to say that my Grandmother sure was!


Anonymous said...

Mustang, I take it from your interesting blog you were an 04, and your MMOS?

Z said...

Pris, how'd she manifest her superstitions? Do you remember??

Kid, do you think they're different than other color cats? That's fascinating!

The number that often 'follows me around' is 9.

Kid said...

Z, I actually do. My wife and I fostered orphan kittens/cats for a couple years, and of all of them, the blacks, and black and whites as a close 2nd had the most seemingly intelligent, active, playful personalities. Many others are close to be sure and I like all sorts off cats, but the blacks have that little bit extra focus if you will. By my experience anyway.

Anonymous said...

Happy Yom Kippur Pilgrims!

Anyone want to atone for anything?

Im Krabby said...

So the president’s Wednesday-night speech included words supporting military action and other words explaining that it wasn’t necessary.

It can be argued that Obama’s decision to hold off on air strikes and negotiate with the Russians is better for the United States in the short run than the other two alternatives on offer — ineffective air strikes or a landslide repudiation of the commander-in-chief by Congress. But in the long run, it’s a terrible setback for America.

Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger muscled the Soviet Union out of Middle East diplomacy back in 1973. In the 40 years since, American presidents have worked to keep the Russians out. Now they’re back in.

A nation with a declining population, a weakened military, and an economy propped up only by oil and gas exports has suddenly made itself the key interlocutor in the region.

Obama has allowed this even though it’s obvious that effective disarmament is impossible in a nation riven by civil war and ruled by a regime with every incentive and inclination to lie and conceal.

The negotiations and any fig-leaf inspection process can be dragged out for weeks, months, and years, as Saddam Hussein demonstrated.

Obama said he hoped to degrade Syria’s chemical-weapons program. Instead he has degraded his own — and America’s — credibility.

Rational Nation USA said...

Yes I do. Ignore republican boilerplate hyperbole. Ignore democratic boilerplate hyperbole.

Have a few pops and relax. Life's too short.

Always On Watch said...

The color of a cat's coat does seem to have some connection to the animal's personality.

sue hanes said...


Z - I'm so superstitious I didn't even think about it being Friday the 13th.

I don't really have any superstitions. My dad used to talk about it being Friday the 13th although I don't know what things in particular bothered him. Some people really take it seriously.

This is offtopic but I had a dream last night that I met your mother!
Don't ask me where that came from.
It happened right before I woke up this morning.

Z said...

Sue, that dream is fascinating, isn't it? I always wonder about dreams; it's like some tiny weird little 'thing' we think about or hear during the day somehow clicks in and the subconscious wants or needs to dwell on it so it does...you know?
I'm going to try to find a pic of my mom and email it to you!
She's an amazing woman; she's very elegant, caring, a FABULOUS hostess, good to all who know her. I could go on and on!

sue hanes said...


Z - The dream was strange indeed.
I can think of it as if it were real. I'll never know where it came from. I guess from your food blog where you talked about her and family meals.

I said to her that you and I have had our differences but now we are doing well. I think that is true - don't you?

I would love to have a picture of her.

My email is suefhanes@gmail.com.

sue hanes said...


Z - I just saw the picture of your mother on the other email address.
Left a message on it.

Your mother looks as if she is a lovely person. You must take after her.

Thanks so much for sending it. I will always remember it. It is imprinted on my mind. And her holding the baby is perfect.

Pris said...

Ok Z,
If I had my hands on top of my head, my Grandmother would push them off, telling me "that's bad luck, don't do that"!

A positive one was, "if your left hand palm is itchy, you're going to get money".

Z said...

Sue, yes...I think that's true.

I didn't see any message on the email but that's okay...glad you got it! Actually, I don't look much like her (she has very light blue eyes and all her children have dark brown eyes) but I feel like I see her in my face now that I'm getting older.

Pris, I know the itchy palms one, but never heard the other one!

sue hanes said...


Z - The message was on the one you sent me as a Christmas greeting.

FreeThinke said...

"By the pricking of my thumbs
Something evil this way comes"


I know Agatha Christie used that in one of her myriad mystery novels, but I have no idea where it comes from, do you?

Z said...

FT..it's MACBETH

Z said...

sue, I have no email from you and don't know why you didn't just respond on top of the picture email I sent you.
but, thanks

FreeThinke said...

Thank you, Z. Of course it came from Macbeth. How I failed to remember THAT I can't imagine.

I'm afraid I've been more "up" on Agatha Christie in latter years than Shakespeare.

Shame on me! ;-)

Now I wonder where SHAKESPEARE got it? Sounds like ancient superstition to me.

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