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Friday the Thirteenth, Superstitions..


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Jill
- 2958 days ago - iol.co.za
Are you the sort of superstitious character who avoids wandering under ladders? Do you salute any magpie that flies across your path? You're not alone. Two-thirds of us can't get through the day without some kind of superstitious gesture



   

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Kit B (276)
Friday May 13, 2011, 10:40 am

On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrests of Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templars and sixty of his senior officers. That is the actual beginning for superstition of a Friday and 13 being of bad luck. I'd say being tortured and then burned alive is probably not the best of all luck.
 

Lydia S (155)
Saturday May 14, 2011, 9:29 pm
Not bothered by it , Society is much more frightening.
 

KS Goh (0)
Sunday May 15, 2011, 1:04 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Krasimira B (175)
Sunday May 15, 2011, 12:58 pm
Noted with thanks.
 

Cindy C (125)
Sunday May 15, 2011, 1:14 pm
I ALWAYS HAVE A GOOD DAY
 

Christopher Fowler (82)
Sunday May 15, 2011, 1:42 pm
One MAJOR flaw is this one:

"Fingernails

Witches, seeking to control and influence their victims, used to brew potions with collected fingernail clippings. The truly superstitious burn or bury their clippings to keep them from harm. The eccentric artist Picasso stuck rigidly to this rule, keeping all his nail clippings - and shorn hair - in sealed and dated containers."

It is based on anti-Pagan Propaganda, created by the church in the dark ages. That propaganda is the reason for at least one of the over 100 intentional changes found, by biblical scholars, in the KJV bible.

Witches do not do curses. The consequences are severe to the witch, without any criminal prosecution being involved.

Here is the real reason that Friday 13th is considered unlucky and it directly involves the Knights Templar:
http://dad2059.wordpress.com/2009/03/13/the-knights-templar-and-friday-the-13th/
 

Shirley H (49)
Sunday May 15, 2011, 1:45 pm
I don't buy into unlucky things that go around. People make their own bad luck - it has nothing to do with anyone else.
Shirley H.
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Sunday May 15, 2011, 4:12 pm
Bad luck is when one isn't thinking before doing and they just do to do. Oh, it's the cats fault. It's really nothing or on ones fault when something happens other than our own fault for not thinking.
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Sunday May 15, 2011, 4:27 pm
If you are religious you are already superstitious. The rest is just a follow on
 

Angela W (27)
Sunday May 15, 2011, 7:20 pm
Many non religious people are superstitious. Many herbal medicines in China are based on superstition and they are often atheists.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday May 15, 2011, 7:35 pm
'Brooms

In the 14th century, rumours first began to circulate that witches flew through the night skies on household brooms. Ever since, brooms have been regarded as signs of ill omen. If you sweep dust out of your front door after dark, it will bring an unwelcome stranger to visit.'

The supposed witches would apply natural hallucinogens like datura zombie cucumber and belladonna and nightshade berry extracts to their brooms, then straddle the brooms to apply the drugs through slow skin transfer. Nothing but prudes condemning a little amateur recreational medication.
 

Susan Pernot (75)
Sunday May 15, 2011, 8:14 pm
Just another day to me.
 

Richard E Cooley (0)
Sunday May 15, 2011, 9:09 pm
Thanks.
 

Susanne R (236)
Sunday May 15, 2011, 11:50 pm
I'm not superstitious, but I am convinced that some people are "jinxed" or at least prone to having bad luck. My younger sister has had more bad luck than anyone I know --and she's the sweetest, kindest and most decent person you'll ever meet. She doesn't need black cats, ladders, broken mirrors or Friday the 13th. Bad luck just always manages to find her. I don't know why, but the number of seriously bad things that have happened to her defies the law of averages.
 

Steven Walle (38)
Monday May 16, 2011, 1:33 am
The devil certainly has a hayday on Friday the 13th, do to the silly superstitions of man. What ever you focus your mind upon, is what will come to you. Be Blessed. Think happy thoughts!
 

Danielle Herie (2)
Monday May 16, 2011, 6:40 am
THANK YOU
 

Sheila D (28)
Monday May 16, 2011, 10:02 pm
My grandmother (born 1900) said if a knife was given to you as a present, you had to give the presenter silver. Once silver crosser their palm, the knife wouldn't turn against you.
As for Friday the 13th; most everyone is treading lightly on the 13th, which means they relax on the 14th, which makes it slightly more dangerous. Just a thought....
 
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