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Friday, February 13, 2009

EKK!!! It's Friday the 13th....

Well if you are superstitious today's unlucky day is the first of three this year. The next Friday the 13th comes in March, followed by another one Nov. 13th!!! And did you know that such a triple whammy comes around only every 11 years?!?!

Personally for me... I am not sure things can get any worse than they are right now - but I don't think I am going to tempt faith - and thus I think I will be staying home today!!! LOL Now that make this Friday the 13th lucky for YOU - cause that means I am working on some new creations!!!

But in honor of today... I thought I would share 13 facts about Friday the 13th!!!

1. The British Navy built a ship named Friday the 13th. On its maiden voyage, the vessel left dock on a Friday the 13th, and was never heard from again.

2. The ill-fated Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST on Apr. 11, 1970. The sum of the date's digits (4-11-70) is 13 (as in 4+1+1+7+0 = 13). And the explosion that crippled the spacecraft occurred on April 13 (not a Friday). The crew did make it back to Earth safely, however.

3. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor.

4. Fear of Friday the 13th - is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.

5. Quarterback Dan Marino wore No. 13 throughout his career with the Miami Dolphins. Despite being a superb quarterback (some call him one of the best ever), he got to the Super Bowl just once, in 1985, and was trounced 38-16 by the San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana (who wore No. 16 and won all four Super Bowls he played in).

6. Butch Cassidy, notorious American train and bank robber, was born on Friday, April 13, 1866.
7. Fidel Castro was born on Friday, Aug. 13, 1926.

8. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.

9. Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest. (How would you like that job? To be paid to eat dinner!!! LOL)

10. Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. "It was bad luck," Twain later told the friend. "They only had food for 12."

11. Woodrow Wilson considered 13 his lucky number, though his experience didn't support such faith. He arrived in Normandy, France on Friday, Dec. 13, 1918, for peace talks, only to return with a treaty he couldn't get Congress to sign. (The ship's crew wanted to dock the next day due to superstitions, Fernsler said.) He toured the United States to rally support for the treaty, and while traveling, suffered a near-fatal stroke.

12. The number 13 suffers from its position after 12, according to numerologist who consider the latter to be a complete number - 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 days of Christmas and 12 eggs in a dozen.

13. The seals on the back of a dollar bill include 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 stars above the eagle's head, 13 war arrows in the eagle's claw and 13 leaves on the olive branch. So far there's been no evidence tying these long-ago design decisions to the present economic situation. (But is does make you wonder!!!)

Well I hope you enjoyed these 13 little fact about Friday the 13th!!!

Don't forget that Monday is Customer Appreciation Day at Paperthreads! ALL MY FILES WILL BE 50% off!!!!! And I will be host a Scavenger Hunt on the forum! (Ever player gets a free file designed by ME and it was designed just for this event)! And the winner will take a way a jackpot of a prizes!!! Additionally - Don't forget the blog hop! You have the chance to pick up 15 free border files!!!

Hmmm - as an incentive - here is a sneak peek (ssshhhhh don't tell the other designer's) of my free border file that will be available on Monday!!!

Hope you have a safe Friday the 13th and a GREAT weekend!!!!

Until Nex Time!


Lori McDonald, Designer

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Bec,  February 13, 2009 at 5:25 PM  

Very interesting!

carriesplaying,  February 16, 2009 at 2:22 PM  

LOL - don't know where to go next - this is fun. Thank you so much for the free border and all of your great files in the store.

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