In the someone-has-too-much-free-time category, there's a German physicist who, according to this story, has found that today is a very special Friday the 13th.
Take the numbers in today's date -- 10/13/2006, in case you hadn't noticed -- and add them together. The result: 13.
So it's a double-13 Friday the 13th....
The good Herr Doktor has found that the last time this happened was in 1520.
Damn, I missed that one.
Strangely, he did not say when the next one will happen. We'll have to wait for Art Bell to clear that up.
The article also includes, among other tidbits, a quote from a psychologist who came up with the term "paraskevidekatriaphobia" (I copied and pasted, knowing I could never spell it unaided) to describe the fear of Friday the 13th.
It is said that perhaps 10% of the population in this country believes in the maleficient effects of Friday the 13th.
I dunno. For the last seven months, every day has been a Friday the 13th around here.
Anyway, today is a very rare Friday the 13th, numerologically speaking. I'm sure that just increases the fear and trembling among the superstitious.
Have a nice day!
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