Friday, July 13, 2007

Greetings Paraskavedekatriphobics!!!!

Much is made every year at the arrival of Friday the 13th. To some it is an ill omen, portending an overall malice and general malaise. Some, like me, rather enjoy the day because it seems to creep so many others out.

What is the significance of Friday the 13th? Why are so many people high strung about it? Nobody seems to know for certain, but there are a few theories on the matter. (Taken from Wikipedia)

· The Last Supper which is supposed by popular Christian belief to have been on Thursday, with Judas numbered among the thirteen guests (Jesus plus his 12 apostles), and that the Crucifixion of Jesus which is supposed by popular Christian belief to have occurred on a Friday. However, Judas was not actually present for the latter part of the meal.

· Friday 13th October 1066 was the last day of the reign of the Saxon King Harold II. On this day, William, Duke of Normandy offered Harold the option of ceding the crown; Harold declined the offer. The Battle of Hastings took place the following day (Saturday 14th October 1066). Harold was slain and William took control of England.

· Friday and 13 were both sacred to the Norse goddess Freyja, so Friday 13th was especially sacred. Christians who wished to suppress her worship said the day was unlucky.

Fear of Friday the 13th itself is a relatively modern phenomenon, seeming to have mainly come about in the 20th century. In honor of this unique day, not quite a holiday, but certainly a day of note, I present to you some recommended entertainment. This list is specific to films that occur on or around a holiday.

New Year’s – Bloody New Year
Valentine’s Day – My Bloody Valentine
St. Patrick’s Day – Leprechaun
April Fool’s – April Fool’s Day
Easter – The Being
4th of July – Uncle Sam
Halloween – Halloween
Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving (This is a GRAPHIC trailer from the film Grindhouse.)
Christmas – Silent Night, Deadly Night / Black Christmas / Don’t Open Til Christmas
Friday the 13th – Friday the 13th
Birthdays – Happy Birthday to Me

By the way: A delicious chocolate chip cookie to the first person that can tell me where the music in the Thanksgiving trailer came from. :)

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Jod{i} said...

hmmm not sure as there were a few...but the Dead Kennedy's?

E said...

A guess as good as any. In reality, all musical cues from the Thanksgiving trailer are taken from the George Romero film Creepshow (1982). It just happens to be one of my all-time favorites, so I noticed rather quickly. ;)

Jod{i} said...

Dang! No cookie? :D
Well there was a variety of "music" but okay, now I can see and say "Ohhhhhh"...
must of been a blond day!


(one of the Dead Kennedy's song is in the movie...THe "fake" inbetween)

E said...

You are correct, of course. "Too Drunk to Fuck" was licensed from the band and performed by Nouvelle Vague during Quentin Tarantino's rape scene in Planet Terror. I guess providing information that I had to research and verify entitles you to the above cookie. Favorite flavor?

Jod{i} said...

well you did say chocolate chip! LOL

E said...

Ahh, but it's not my place to force my pastry preference upon anybody else. I was giving you an opt out if you're a macadamia nut type. :P

Jod{i} said...

Well I like nuts but that is besides the point we were talking cookies, ;)

E said...

Gads. Methinks I am flummoxed. :P

Jod{i} said...

LOL...I meant people...nuts...nutty people...geesh :p