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Friday, April 13, 2007
Friday the Thirteenth
Stories abound about the origin of Friday 13th as being an unlucky day. I have read articles that attribute it to the combination of Friday and 13, both having been considered to be unlucky. As one article put it this way: Friday (unlucky day) + 13 (unlucky number) = Friday 13th (unluckiest day of all).

Don't tell my children that. Both were born on the 13th of the month and my daughter was born on a Friday. If anything, she considers Friday 13th her lucky day!

Since today is that "unluckiest" day of all, I have an extra difficult challenge. So, because of that the "lucky" person who finds the answer first will get their name added into my monthly drawing as today's and tomorrow's winner (since I don't post on the weekends).

While reading articles and researching the superstition, I found this:


Pastor's Offer to Any Young Couple
Willing to Take the Chance.

(City and State), June 10 — Any young couple bent on matrimony may have the ceremony performed free next Friday by applying to the Rev. Charles H. Reynolds, pastor of the North Congregational Church.

Mr. Reynolds does not believe that Friday is unlucky, nor that Friday, (date), is unlucky, and therefore he offers to tie the knot free of charge for any young couple who comes to him on that day.

Your challenge today is to find this article and tell me what city and state Rev. Reynolds lived in, and the date I deleted.

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Anonymous Cherie said...
Middletown, NY and it was June 13, 1913.

Cherie Japp

Blogger scribbit said...
Wow, someone's fast with the Google button. I heard it all started with the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in Paris of the Hugenots. Or was it Catholics? Can't remember. SOmething like that, I'm a bottomless pit of useless trivia :)

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
Wow, Cherie, you're fast - and right!!

Scribbit - you mean the rounding up of the Knights Templar by Philip IV of France on Friday, October 13, 1307? Some stories about Friday the 13th can be traced back to that incident as to why it's so unlucky. It certainly was for those Knights - many of them were tortured before they died - forced into confessing to wrongdoings against the church they hadn't done.

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