Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday the 13th Are You Scared?

I have to admit that I am not a very superstitious person and I have no reason to fear Friday the 13th because nothing good or bad has happened to me on this day. (now I better knock on wood!) II just thought it was weird that so many odd things happen to include 13’s.

For instance:

“According to Smithsonian Magazine "fear of the #13 costs American a billion dollars per year in absenteeism, train and plane cancellations, and reduced commerce on the 13th of the month."
Fear of Friday the 13th dates back to Nordic Mythology. Many of their thirteenth Gods met with violent deaths, such as Loki, the trickster.
Ancient Romans regarded the number 13 as a symbol of death, destruction and misfortune.
Lizzy Borden uttered a total of 13 words at her trial.

Tarot Card number 13 is the Death Card, depicting the Grim Reaper
(although it is read as transition or change and not literal death).
Hotels rarely have a room number 13. Usually it is called 12a or 14. Same with floors of buildings and the elevators without a #13 button. Highways sometimes will skip exit 13 altogether also.
There are 13 steps leading to the gallows and 13 knots in a hangman's noose.
The guillotine blade falls 13 feet.
The driver of Princess Diana hit pillar #13 at Place de l'Alma when she was killed in Paris, France.
Certain ocean liners will be held in dock until after midnight to appease passenger's fears on Friday the 13th.
British study concluded that even though there were less cars on the road on Friday the 13th
(as compared with other Fridays) more accidents were reported.

Apollo 13, 1970, the 13th mission launched from pad #39 (13 x 3), mission was aborted, after an explosion occurred in the fuel cell of their service module. The rocket had left launch pad at 13:13 CST and the date was April 13th.”

Info courtesy of Donna @ Cosmic Society

Weird… Well I still see today as just another day, but maybe I will just stay home tonight and knit... Speaking of knitting, I finished Zeeby's bag.

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Superwash in Deep Ocean and Baby Blue
Pattern: Zeeby's Bag from Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitters Handbook by Debbie Stoller
Pattern Designer: Tina Paredes
Date Finished: 7/12/2007

It got kinda boring in the middle when it just seemed like there were miles of stockinette stitch. I like how it turned out but just like some of the reviews said, it is kinda stretchy. If I don’t put a liner in it I don’t think I could put anything heavy in it or use it as an every day purse. Here is a close up of the detailing.

I started over on the Purple Eater Sock and am almost halfway done with the short row toe. I like how it looks so far. I hope to be well into the foot by the end of the weekend.

So is anyone a little bit nervous about what today is???



ROSE said...


Patricia said...

I was visiting a client in Stonewood yesterday and that condo has no 13th floor.
My day was the pits today. One of the worst.

Kris said...

When I read your blog I thought oh yeah yesterday was Friday the 13.

Your bag came out lovely. I like that you put a pocket on the inside.

twellve said...

i didn't even put two and two together yesterday. only realized it when i saw your post. shows how much i pay attention. :)