Friday the 13th

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Friday the 13th

In many cultures, today, Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. Why? Like everything there are lots of theories.

Here are a few:

On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of the Knights of Templars, leading to their torture and eventual dissolution. Or, it could be something as simple as numerology: 12 months in a year, 12 zodiac signs, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 tribes of Israel. Thirteen is seen as irregular, standing out as one more than 12. Then there's lots of other theories from the Last Supper to the 13th guest in Valhalla crashing the party. And, let's not forget the movie series, Friday the 13th, or Stevie Wonder's song from his Innervision album.

Whatever we want to attribute good or bad luck to a specific day, I find myself not buying into many of them.

As an Audiophile, there's plenty of superstitions to go around: demagnetizing vinyl records, 24-karat gold CDs, and let's not forget the order in which we turn on our equipment or the time of day we listen for best results.

I know, I know. Some of them work, right?

The thing with superstitions (and their cousin, coincidence) is that often they feel grounded in real-life experience. When everything's weird around me I often look to see what phase the moon's in. 

Real? Forces of the cosmos? I am not so sure.

Is this day any different for you than the others? 

When it's Friday the 13th for me it's Thursday the 12th and Saturday the 14th in other parts of the world.

Maybe bad luck wears a watch. :)

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