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13 Thrilling Facts About Friday the 13th

According to the Gregorian calendar, Friday the 13th is the unluckiest day ever. The origin of this chock-full superstitious day is unclear. Some believe it derived from the bible, others believe it comes from Norse mythology. Either way, this day frightens millions of people worldwide and causes them to act differently than they normally would. Here are 13 facts about Friday the 13th that might sate your curiosity surrounding its superstitious misfortune.

 

1. Many hospitals and hotels avoid having a floor 13 and a room with a 13 in it. They skip right over to 14.

 

2. There is an actual scientific term for the fear of Friday the 13th. It’s called paraskevidekatriaphobia. Fear of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia.

 

3. The ancient Egyptians believed the number 13 to be lucky because humans went through 12 stages of life and the 13th stage was related to the afterlife.

 

4. On April 13, 2029, an asteroid called 99942 Apophis will closely fly by the planet Earth, but fear not, scientists have found that there is no risk of it colliding with the Earth or the moon.

 

5. The famous movie franchise Friday the 13th popularized the fear of Friday landing on the 13th day of the month.

 

6. More than 60 million people worldwide claim to be affected by Friday the 13th and will even refuse to get out of bed, go to work, or drive a car.

 

7. Heavy metal was born on Friday, February 13, 1970 with Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album.

 

8. Some believe the misfortune of Friday the 13th was linked to the bible. For example, Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus was labelled the 13th apostle at the Last Supper which took place on a Friday.

 

9. During the 1930s through the 1940s, the townboard of French Lick, Indiana decreed all black cats to have a bell tied around their neck on Friday the 13th to ward off bad luck.

 

10. The wedding chapel Viva Las Vegas offers special Rocky Horror themed ceremonies on Friday the 13th.

 

11. In 1882 a group of thirteen men created the Thirteen Club. They gather every 13th of the month and defy superstitious beliefs. They would do things such as walk under ladders, break mirrors, open umbrellas indoors, etc.

 

12. In Spain, Tuesday the 13th is considered bad luck because they associate it with the Roman God of war, Mars. They go as far as to say not to get married on a Tuesday, or even leave your home.

 

13. Some folklore offer remedies for fear of Friday the 13th. One is to either climb to the top of a mountain or skyscraper and burn all the socks you own with holes in them. Another is to stand on your head and eat a piece of gristle.

Best Places to Travel to for Saint Patrick’s Day

It’s time to don your green and pack your bags because Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! Here’s a list of our top 10 destinations around the world that hold some of the best celebrations in honor of Saint Patrick.

 

1. Dublin, Ireland

The people of Dublin love to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in a more traditional manner. They listen to a lot of live music and pubs will hold feasts.

 

2. New York, New York

New York City holds one of the world’s largest parades. On Fifth Avenue, you’ll find 250,000 people marching. It has been a tradition since 1762.

 

3. Chicago, Illinois

Since 1962, Chicago has been pouring 40 tons of environmentally safe green dye into their river and every year, 400,000 people gather around to watch! This festive green color lasts for 5 hours!

 

4. Tokyo, Japan

In Tokyo, the Japanese hold an “I Love Ireland” festival every year in Yayogi Park. They have stalls selling corned beef, stalls selling green beer, bagpipe performances, live music, and more!

 

5.  Montreal, Canada

Since 1824, Montreal has never cancelled a Saint Patrick’s Day parade regardless of bad weather. Every year they have a huge Saint Patrick statue to signal the start of the parade. National Geographic labeled Montreal as one of the top 10 Saint Paddy’s Day celebrations in the world!

 

6.  Sydney, Australia

Every year, the Sydney Opera House is lit up with green lights in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. Sydney is home to the second largest parade in the world and the city uses the holiday to raise money for local charities with the sales of raffle tickets and event entry tickets.

 

7. Savannah, Georgia

Savannah holds the third largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade in the world. They have many events such as the live entertainment at the City Market on River Street, the viewing of the fountain in Forsyth Park spouting green water, the Clydesdale horses walking about, and more!

 

8. London, England

In London, you’ll find many Saint Patrick’s Day events starting with the 1.5 mile long parade in Trafalgar Square. There’s film festivals featuring Irish screenings, ceilidh dancing, Irish pubs with themed events, and more. You can even see the London Eye sporting festive green lights!

 

9. Munich, Germany

One of the largest Saint Patrick’s Day festivals in the continent of Europe is located in Munich, Germany. Leopold Strasse, where the Siegestor landmark is located, is closed off on this day for a successful celebration. When you’re done with the festivities, head on over to the world famous Hofbräuhaus for a big ol’ mug of beer!

 

10. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is the fifth largest Irish community in the world and also the location with the biggest Saint Patrick’s Day celebration in South America. The Argentinians here hold a 10 block street party filled with live music and dancing. Afterwards they’ll hit up popular Irish pubs such as the Temple Bar or the Kilkenny.

 

 

The Best Documentaries on Netflix

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy learning new information in nice, digestible chunks. There’s nothing like a good documentary to make you feel productive while watching TV. If you feel the same, then I have great news for you! Netflix has a plethora of documentaries for you to watch and absorb passively on your couch. So sit back, relax, and grab your popcorn. We’re delving into the realm of documentaries!

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American Anarchist

It’s a story of passion, fervor, and regret. In 1971, William Powell authored one of the most controversial books ever written, The Anarchist Cookbook. The book contained instructions on how to make everything from weapons to illicit drugs. It quickly became the book of choice for social deviants, including terrorists and freedom fighters. But, after converting to Anglicanism in 1979, Powell devoted the rest of his life to making sure nobody ever reads his book again. This is his story.

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Cosmos

When you look up at the night sky, isn’t in wonderful? Have you ever wondered what’s up there and how it all works? Wonder no longer! Neil Degrasse Tyson is here to tell you in his classic dulcet tones. Cosmos succeeds in making its subject matter accessible with easy to understand examples and comparisons. It’s a very humbling documentary, reinforcing how small we really are in the face of the universe. We are all made of stardust, which is a pretty cool idea to ponder on.

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Pumping Iron

If you’re at all interested in bodybuilding as a sport, this is the documentary for you. Originally released in 1977, this film follows Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno as they vie for the title of most aesthetic man alive. Pumping Iron pulls back the curtain on how the sport is fraught with body image issues and subjectivity in judging. This documentary is also a deluge of information about Schwarzenegger and Ferrigno. It’s worth a watch if the sport even remotely interests you.

Do you have any favorite documentaries? Leave them in the comments below!

Consider a “Staycation” This Summer

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Summer is officially here and vacations are on everyone’s mind. Whether it’s a friend or a neighbor, I’m sure you know someone planning an elaborate vacation this season. But is a big vacation to Florida or the Bahamas out of your reach? No worries! Here’s why you should love “staycations”.

Give Your Wallet a Break

It’s no secret; vacations are very expensive. The cost of hotels, gas, dinning out, and any activities adds up very quickly. American Express estimates the average per person cost of a vacation is $1,145! If you’re particularly tight for cash, like most college students are, it can put a damper on your vacation. Easily avoid those costs by deciding to take a staycation! You already pay rent, so why pay even more to sleep in a strange bed? You can also cook meals at home during your staycation or only go out to eat once or twice – instead of every night. The main thing your money goes to during a staycation is activities. You can do more extravagant things with the money you save from not traveling.

Reduce Your Stress

Planning a vacation can become very stressful. Getting your friends or family on the same page with where you want to go/how much you want to spend is always a hassle. Not to mention, traveling is stressful as well. Rushing to get to the airport so you don’t miss your flight and rushing to be gone by checkout at the end of your stay add unneeded stress. Instead, you can make your own schedule during your “staycation”. There’s also no need to rush because you’re already where you need to be – now it’s time to just relax. As a college student, trust me when I say you need less stress.

Enjoy the Comfort of Your Own Home

There’s nothing more unsettling than having to sleep in a strange bed – and potentially having to worry about it being dirty or even having bed bugs. With a “staycation”, you and your family/friends can sleep in your own comfy beds. You can relax on your own couch and cook in your own, familiar kitchen. You also don’t have to worry about forgetting anything because you already have everything you need. There’s no better feeling than not having to wake up to a screeching alarm, in your own bed, knowing you can do whatever you want today.

Benefits to the Local Economy

This is the biggest positive of a staycation – giving back to your town. Especially during tough times, it’s very important to support local businesses. Instead of traveling to Florida and eating at chain restaurants – find interesting restaurants you haven’t tried in your town. Plan a day to go to the local museum or you city’s theatre. Supporting your local economy benefits everyone, making your town a more pleasant to live.

So, next time you’re stuck on where to spend your summer break, consider a “staycation”! It’s cheaper, less stressful and you get to sleep in your own bed!

The Story of Spider-Man: Homecoming

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I absolutely love movies with behind the scenes special features. One of my favorite things is watching what goes into making a full length film. When I learned Spider-Man was not going to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it set off my spidey senses. What behind the scenes tomfoolery could cause the absence of such a beloved character?

The answer is a story as convoluted and odd as you’d probably guess. It finally culminates with the return of Spider-Man to the MCU this summer in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Marvel, Bankruptcy, and Spider-Man

Way back in the 90’s, there was a massive comic book boom due to inflating comic book values. People began to realize the rarity of old comics from the 40s and 50s, especially first editions. DC and Marvel both capitalized on this, printing millions of new comics and making collector’s editions as much as possible. Characters married each other left and right, superman died, it was a crazy time. It didn’t take long for people to realize the market was saturated.

The comic book boom ended shortly after and Marvel quickly encountered trouble. They were up to their eyeballs in debt from overprinting and underselling comics. The crash eventually caused Marvel to declare bankruptcy. As a result, the company desperately sold off movie rights to a number of characters. The rights to both Spider-Man and the X-Men properties passed though a number of companies, finally settling in the hands of Sony.

Sony’s Tragic Mismanagement

Sony handed the property rights to Sam Raimi after a number of failed attempts to bring Spider-Man to the big screen. Sam Raimi reimagined the web slinger in “Spider-Man”, directing both sequels in the series. The first two movies were massive hits! The third was a flop, both critically and commercially. Regardless, Sony allowed Raimi to move forward with a fourth movie slated for a 2011 release date. Unfortunately, Sony canceled the project due to creative differences.

Spider-Man underwent a reboot from Sony with the movie “The Amazing Spider-Man”. It became a cinematic hit and the studio decided to produce a sequel. However, this was the 5th Spider-Man movie in 10 years. Audiences became tired of the superhero, and having two reboots in 5 years is a tad confusing for the general public. The series ultimately ended before producing “The Amazing Spider-Man 3”.

The Return to Marvel

Possibly the only good thing to come out of the 2014 Sony email leaks was news about Spider-Man was returning to Marvel. Disney and Sony reached an agreement to allow the wall crawler to return to the big screen under the Marvel umbrella. However, the odds are stacked against Spider-Man Homecoming. As the third reboot in 15 years, audiences could have Spider-Man fatigue. For fans of the superhero, here’s to hoping that Spider-Man: Homecoming rises above the tangled web of past disputes and turns out to be a great film!