While fruit jars with the number 13 on the base are sought after, glassbottlemarks.com makes a good point: "many of these jars are now saved by non-collectors or casual glass collectors (and “culled” from large groups of common jars) merely because of the number on the base. This culling out of #13 jars from among the “general population” of jars (and stashing them away) can increase the perception of their scarcity."
When taking down a still, revenue officers destroyed everything a moonshiner might use later, including glass jars. - Franklin County, Virginia, 1965. - [Source]
In 2012 we had three Friday the 13ths. 2013 had just two of the superstition-laden days. 2014 saw just one. In 2015 three occurences will cross our paths. 2016 = just one. 2017 = 2. [Calendar link]
Friday the 13th 2016Friday, May 13, 2016
Friday the 13th 2017Friday, January 13, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
Several theories have been proposed about the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition.
- In numerology, the number 12 is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, the 12 successors of Muhammad in Shia Islam, twelve signs of the Zodiac, etc., whereas the number 13 was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness.
- There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having 13 people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.
- Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century's The Canterbury Tales and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects.
- One author, noting that references are all but nonexistent before 1907 but frequently seen thereafter, has argued that its popularity derives from the publication that year of Thomas W. Lawson's popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth, in which an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.
- In many Spanish speaking countries, the movie "Friday the 13th" was renamed to Tuesday the 13th ("Martes 13"), because it is believed to be the day of bad luck, not Friday the 13th.
Here are some more "Friday the 13th" info-tidbits from Wikipedia:
- The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia [say that 10 times fast -- yikes!]
- The 13th day of the month is slightly more likely to be a Friday than any other day of the week.
- On average, there is a Friday the 13th once every 212 days.
- It's estimated that 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day -- & estimated that $800 million is lost in business on this day.
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