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Today being Friday the 13th, the Times reprinted a riveting piece by Bruce Newman of the San Jose Mercury News.
This will come as no surprise to worshippers of the Norse pagan goddess Frigga, but today is Friday the 13th, and people who suffer from a fear of calamity on this day are known as friggatriskaidekaphobes.
This Friday the 13th is only the beginning of the bad news.
As if the year weren’t already off to a painful start, 2009 is shaping up as the unluckiest year in more than a decade. After today’s Friday the 13th come ones in March and November.
The last time there were three Friday the 13ths in one year was 1998, and it won’t occur again until 2015.
Friday was named for Frigga, who prepared for the weekend by hosting a party on that day for 11 of her closest friends and the devil — 13 evil spirits total.
With newspapers printing this kind of drivel, is it any wonder they’re fighting for survival?