Friday the 13th History

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Be wary. Be scared. The Friday no one celebrates. Friday the 13th comes back around. And best of all it’s in October! One of the most “unlucky” days in the month of Halloween. But why is Friday the 13th so bad?

Though folklorists claim there is no written evidence for the superstition before the nineteenth century, the date has long been connected to notorious events in history and religion.

According to Catholic belief, one of the most significant events in their religion – the crucifixion of Jesus Christ – took place on Friday the 13th. Also, the day before was the last supper. Along with Jesus, there were 12 disciples at this meal, and Judas has come to represent betrayal and bad luck in Western societies. Even if there is no direct biblical evidence linking Judas to the 13th place at the table, the number of guests at the Last Supper and its significance in the Christian religion could have been enough to cement the idea of 13 as an unlucky number in Western cultures, particularly if this idea was promoted by the superstitious Victorians.

Geoffrey Chaucer also made reference to the apparent unluckiness of the day, recording in his Canterbury Tales that it was bad luck to start a journey or a project on a Friday.

One of the most popularised myths attempting to explain the origin of the Friday 13 superstition stems from events on Friday 13 October 1307, when hundreds of Knights Templar were arrested and burnt across France.

Ironically, the superstition of the event may be linked back to an American club that attempted to debunk the superstition surrounding the number 13 and its associated bad luck date. The Thirteen Club first met on 13 September 1881, (a Wednesday) and determined to actively flout any and all established ‘superstitions’ they knew about.  With this in mind, the group of 13 would meet on the 13 of each month, sit 13 to a table, break mirrors, spill salt with abandon, and walk under ladders – all while carefully recording how many members died. Over the years the group grew to roughly 400 members – including a number of US presidents – but the group’s notoriety just added to the date’s significance in the public psyche.

Then, in 1907, eccentric stockbroker, Thomas Lawson published a book called Friday the Thirteenth. It detailed an evil business’s attempts to crash the stock market on the unluckiest day of the year. The book was a sell-out and in 1916 made into a feature-length film.

Finally, the myth acquired the first seal of Hollywood in 1980 when Paramount Pictures released Friday the 13. Fridays would not be the same again after Jason proceeded to slash his way across a summer camp and US box offices.

So, whether you believe the superstitions or not, Friday the 13th comes with spooky connotations. Go about your day but keep your wits about you. Something bad could happen, or not.

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October National Days!

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1st Fire Pup Day

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2nd National Name Your Car Day

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3rd National Boyfriend Daygiphy (28)

4th National Taco Day

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5th National Get Funky Day

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6th National Mad Hatter Day

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7th National Frappe Day

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8th National Pierogi Day

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9th National Leif Erikson Day

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10th National Angel Food Cake Day

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11th National Sausage Pizza Day

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12th National Gumbo Day

 

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13th National Train Your Brain Day

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14th Be Bald and Be Free Day

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15th National Grouch Day

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16th National Dictionary Day

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17th National Pasta Day

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18th National No Beard Day

 

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19th National Seafood Bisque Day

 

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20th National Brandied Fruit Day

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21st National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

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22nd National Color Day

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23rd National Boston Cream Pie Day

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24th National Food Day

 

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25th National Greasy Food Day

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26th National Mincemeat Day

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27th National Black Cat Day

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28th National Chocolate Day

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29th National Hermit Day

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30th National Candy Corn Day

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31st National Magic Day

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This First Week Back has us Feeling Like…

 

The excitement of seeing friends and a longing to return back to our comfy beds has us coming back to school with mixed feelings this semester like:

  1. not remembering anything from last semester.

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2. waking up early for this first time in over a week. 

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3. walking into the wrong class

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4. dealing with snow and ice on the way in. 

 

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5. seeing school friends again,

 

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6. but then there’s that one friend…

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7. passing out in class.

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8. realizing we have to start wearing pants again. 

 

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9. missing Mom’s home cooking at lunchtime. 

 

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10. remembering there’s only one semester until summer. 

 

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How to Combat Finals Stress

  1. Eat all of the food

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2. Orrrr run away from all your problems

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3. Listen to some tunes, and sing along

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4. Do something for you

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5. Watch a movie

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6. Take a coloring break

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7. Light something on fire, like a candle

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8. Take a bath

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9. Scream at the top of your lungs

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10. Make a checklist and actually complete the items

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And of course, watch and re-watch cute animal videos.

 

A Moment of Gratitude for all things Taken for Granted

  1. After quite possibly the most heated political campaign ever experienced, we can be thankful that at least we have democracy. How else would people be able to complain about everything over social media? 

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  2. You have Internet to view our wonderful blog

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  3. We may have school this week, but at least it’s a short week. We will get through this together!

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  4. Despite its imperfections, we are extremely lucky to live in America.

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  5. Cozy sweaters are a thing, and isn’t that just a cure for everything?

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  6. Smartphones exist, don’t forget to snapchat your crazy family dinner (pic or it didn’t happen).

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  7. We have Netflix, don’t we? Why do they even pause for 15 seconds? We both know I’m not moving for the next 4 days.

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  8. A huge storm hasn’t come yet. Quick, someone knock on wood!

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  9. All else fails, if you’re reading this, you’re still breathing.

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  10. The semester is almost over, which means you’re one step closer to graduating. Oh sweet freedom.

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The Mullet Takeover

In case you haven’t caught on, mullets are totally in at Blue Hill. Not that the obvious visual appeal isn’t enough said, but here are 7 more reasons why growing a mullet is a great idea:

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  3. Low maintenance, just look at that gorgeous face.gif (13).gif
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  6. The 80’s never went out of stylegif-10
  7. You’ll survive the season premiere of the Walking Deadwalkingdead

 

“Life’s a Garden, Dig it.”