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Friday, March 13, 2009

~Friday the 13th Myth~

Holla..I am suppost to post this yesterday (Friday 13th) but due to some technical issue (Internet server down), so i decided to off my laptop & continue with the post today..Now you must already have a small picture on what this post is going to be all about. Number 13!!! A mysterious number that most human beings will try to do their level best to avoid it, be it house number, car number which starts with it, etc. I have an old friend of mine in which her house number in real fact is 13 but they have changed it to 13A. Another example, one of my working cgue who had just bought a new house & his house number should be 13 but they have changed it into 11A. Don't you think it's interesting? I believe most of us realize it but there's another one more mysterious myth that we call it as "Friday 13th". Let me brief you something about this...This may sound creepy & for some interesting :)

If Friday the 13th is unlucky, then 2009 is an unusually unlucky year. This week's Friday the 13th is one of three to endure this year. The first came last month. The next is in November. Such a rare triple-threat occurs only once every 11 years. The origin of the link between bad luck and Friday the 13th is murky. The whole thing might date to Biblical times (the 13th guest at the Last Supper betrayed Jesus). By the Middle Ages, both Friday and 13 were considered bearers of bad fortune. In modern times, the superstition permeates society.

Here are five of our favorite Friday-the-13th facts:

1. Fear of Friday the 13th - one of the most popular myths in science - is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.

2. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor and some airline terminals omit Gate 13.

3. 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 President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.

4. 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." Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.

5. The number 13 suffers from its position after 12, according to numerologists 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. Absolutely TRUE right??

Now you must be wondering why am i using some scientific words. To get a better understanding on the meanings, i did some research & the definition is good enough to understand clearly what's this myth is all about. Paraskevidekatriaphobics — people afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th — should be pricking up their ears about now, buoyed by seeming evidence that the source of their unholy terror may not be so irrational after all. But it's unwise to take solace in a single scientific study, especially one so peculiar. I suspect these statistics have more to teach us about human psychology than the ill-fatedness of any particular date on the calendar.

Friday the 13th, the most widespread superstition

The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times, and their inevitable conjunction from one to three times a year (there happen to be three such occurrences in 2009, two of them right in a row) portends more misfortune than some credulous minds can bear. According to experts it's the most widespread superstition in the United States/China & most of the countries around the globe today. Some people 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.

Though i cant provide the proof, but hope this post gave you some knowledge on "Friday the 13th". Some associate this day with black cats. I would like to share one experience that i had with black stray cat.

One fine day, late in the evening (the day was 13th) while i was busy doing a very very important task (sleeping zzZ, just reached home for Uni semester break) while my mum was cooking in the kitchen, i heard my mum shouting loudly...

Amma : Ayoooooo, nithya!! Karuppu punnai vithu kuleh vanterechuuuu..Sikerem va..

Me : Rushed to the kitchen & i saw a black cat looking at us innocently without fear that we might will 'adikeraning' it with mop.

Amma : Yena parthethu irukeh? Sikerem adichi torethu...Karuppu punnai vithukuleh vantha adhu vithuku nalathu ileh..
Me : Thinking to myself. Inteh punai yena pavam panechooo. Ningeh samicheh vasanai leh vithukuleh vanterechu. Oru velhai passi leh vantherekelam..Haihs. So i go near the punnai (the cat was standing at the same place without any reaction) & try to push it away. It was so stubborn & doesnt even want to move from that place. When i try to 'toretheran' it, it went & hide behind our house sofa. Another side, my mum was holding a mop. I am an animal lover (though i might at sometime abuse it, hehehe), but i didnt have the heart to 'thoreteraning' the cat by using some kitchen appliances.

After 5-10min,

I managed to catch the cat & went outside of the house and 'thurema uthethan' in a malay house. Back at home, my mum was very worried & the cat's face was haunting her. I know my mum very well & she's not the typical indian ladies who's fussy about such myths but some rather how, this incident really disturbed her.

After 2 days, my elder brother met an accident & he was on MC for 5 days. My appa had some problem with his job. My mum started to have some kind of pain on her leg. My younger brother was having a trauma at his work. And lastly, me....I fell sick & hardly can even walk. It didnt heal after a week although i had consulted a few doctor's...Now, dont we call it A mysterious thing??

Then, my mum called my grandma & according to her it could be a black cat curse & we were asked to clean the house with manjai thanni, clean our altar room & go temple to remove the curse. Trust me, after we have done whatever we were asked to do, things came back normal...Whatever that happened to my family can be due to some call it 'bad time' but why did all these happened after the black cat came & 'visited' our house...

The mystery remains unsolved..Nan soldrethu yelam unmai, unmai thavarai vereh yethevum ilaiiiii!!!~


  1. hmm .. interesting...

    its true that 13 is considered bad luck as there were 13 ppl in the last supper n the crucifucation happend on friday .

    and the thousands of templer knight n their associate was mass murdered of firday the 13th hence began the tradition of friday the 13th as 'bad day'

    n there is there is smtg about viking myth that loki ( rmbr movie the mask) being the 13th person came to a banquet and caused troublem n killed other gods.

    i dont rmbr much ...

    n yeah it was friday when eve tempted adam to eat the forbiden fruit at eden ...

  2. its something i find interesting n cool..i dun believe in all this but sometimes its true also...

  3. Hi Nithz,

    Hmm...very interesting...my parents still believes in this but personally i'm just neutral...maybe because i haven't encounter anything such like yours...

  4. Nithya..i dont believe in all this..it is just a cat..athe enna pavam senjicho karapu punnai ah achi..pavam..

    p/s: u really animal lover ah...to be specific cat lover ah? unmai yeh solleh...

  5. akka this is really an interesting topic.. in matter every 13th friday enakum vodum.. but as u said, unsolved mistery thaa..

    really a good one ka. =)