Friday, March 13, 2009


DID YOU KNOW: Friday the 13th superstitions originated in a Norse myth about twelve gods having a feast in Valhalla. The mischievous Loki crashed the party as an uninvited 13th guest and arranged for Hod, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Baldur, the god of joy and gladness, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. Baldur was killed and the Earth was plunged into darkness and mourning as a result.

With the 12 around 1 matrix, we find the origins of a superstition linking 13 people at the Last Supper - 12 disciples around Jesus, his death creating bad luck, until he returns.

It was suggested by Charles A. Platt writing in 1925 that the reason 13 is considered unlucky is that a person can count from 1-12 with their 8 fingers, two thumbs and 2 feet, but not beyond that, so the number 13 is unknown, hence frightening, hence unlucky. (HUH? - I come up with a count of 20 - Charles must have had a frightening deformity if he only had 12 digits between both hands and feet!!!! LOL!)

In Scotland, there is no gate 13 in any airport, instead there is a gate 12B.

Inside of the German Lufthansa planes row numbers go straight from 12 to 14.

Some tall buildings have resorted to skipping the "thirteenth floor", either by numbering it "14" or as "12a".
Some streets do not contain a house number 13.

In some forms of motor sport, for example Formula One, there is no number 13 car.
In many cultures, getting married on any day of the week that falls under number 13 is highly discouraged.

There is a superstition that should thirteen sit at a table to dine, one will die in the next year. This prompted the formation of The Thirteen Club to debunk it.

The Code of Hammurabi, a collection of laws created ca. 1760 BC, does not contain a thirteenth law.

The Apollo 13 spacecraft malfunctioned after being launched on April 11th at 13:13 CST, forcing it to return to Earth without a landing on the moon and imperiling its crew.
(All info gathered from

Well enough of that and onto today's card - Another CAS (Clean and Simple) one.
Very quick and very easy. Stay tuned for a tutorial next week on making the 3-d stamp.
Gotta run - need to be off to work now.
Have a great "blessed" day. I for one don't believe in luck - for there is only one God (no Loki) and He is in control.


Yosha said...

This is beautiful! I can't wait for the tutorial.


Mary K said...

Love your card! Thanks for the tidbits about "unlucky" 13. Yes there is only one God and he is in control of all things!