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It's Friday The 13th

  1. May 13, 2005 #1
    Do you, despite your intelligence, education, and scientific bent, have any superstitious beliefs or habits?

    I'm not sure if this would be considered a superstition or OCD, but whenever I am mailing anything I am compelled to take it directly to the Post Office. I don't leave it for the mail man, and do not trust mailboxes.

    Do you have a lucky shirt? Something unlucky you avoid?
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  3. May 13, 2005 #2
    Okay, I just took a final today, and it went rather well, but I did not need to know that today is Friday May 13.
  4. May 13, 2005 #3


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    Just some good luck voodoo charms in the lab. :biggrin: But that's more of a joke. We've also added a piggy bank...when you screw up something, you get to put some coins in the piggy bank. When it's full, we'll have a party.

    As for trusting the mail, I guess it depends on where you live and what sort of mailbox you have. Taking bills and checks out of the mail is one way crooks steal identities, so it might not be such a bad idea to make sure anything with account numbers on it goes straight to the post office. I don't have a problem trusting the mail carrier, so I just put my mail out close to the time I know he comes around, or drop it in a mailbox. Yeah, I often just drop it in the one outside the post office since I pass it in the one direction I can drive to work.

    I didn't even notice today is the 13th until someone sent me an email entitled Friday the 13th. Maybe that's why the cells I grew up overnight got carried away on me (they seem like such happy cells, and I don't want them to be quite that happy, the colonies all grew together!) Uh, yeah, or maybe that means I plated too much of the culture. :redface: I think that gets a quarter to the piggy bank.
  5. May 13, 2005 #4
    Nay, i'm irish, good luck flows!!
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    Have a brownie.
  7. May 13, 2005 #6
    Thanks a lot :mad:

    Right when I read this thread, my printer stopped in the middle of printing something extremely important :cry: And nothing is telling me what's wrong with the printer........

    It's all your fault!!!!!!!!!! :eek:

    J/K :rolleyes:

    Boo-hoo :cry:


    I.T. came from the sky!!
  8. May 13, 2005 #7
    I was born on a Friday 13th.

    I don't believe in any type of luck or superstitions.
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    i spent the whole morning doing more linear algebra stuff, that i still don't get, and sucked and ugh... and then i found out that i failed physics UGH! i'm sooooo screwed... i though my grades would be low, but alright this semseter, i'm afriad they'll be quite worse than i imagined.... i'm soooo nauseus right now... god i hate myself... stupid friday the 13th... if it was the 14th or something... ya... things'd've been different i'm sure...
    the only thing worse is that my mum's picking bringing me home from school... and it's not gonna be pleasant explaining this to her... i'm sure the whole weekend will be spent with various people yelling at me, and dragging me around to find a job... (there's no way i'm gonna get a stress free summer now.. augh)
  10. May 13, 2005 #9
    The only thing Friday the 13th means is that there will probably be a horror movie marathon.
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    Yes! I've got something to do! (I love horror movies)
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    I didn't know it was the 13th until I saw this thread, but it would sure explain the string of good luck I've been having today. Everybody else's luck has to go somewhere doesn't it?
  13. May 13, 2005 #12
    There are two Fridays a year that fall on the 13th, aren't there? I guess that's so everyone in the world doesn't have a bad day all at once.
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    I knock on wood.
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    Yes, I agree, it's one of Bowie's classics.
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    There also exists a long word which means:
    "Pathological need to coin long, incomprehensible Graeco-Latin words"

    Unfortunately, I've forgotten that particular word..
  18. May 13, 2005 #17
    I so wish I had used this as the thread title.
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    There's no such word. However, I feel the pathological need to coin one:

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    Hellenologophobia- Fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology.

    Ahhhh, help me!!!!
    I'm afraid of any word with 13 or more letters.
  21. May 13, 2005 #20
    I am here on a cold 14th, I don't know if Australia has turned back the clock for 12 hours late or not, I hope not anyway...
    I truly love nature and many more...
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    fear of long words - Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia and Sesquipedalophobia
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    fear of purple nocturnal roving jellyfish - Porphyronyctotropocnidariazoobiephobia
  24. May 13, 2005 #23
    This one's going on my tombstone somewhere.
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    Arachibutyrophobia-fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth

    Cacophobia- Fear of ugliness

    Chaetophobia- Fear of hair

    Cholerophobia- Fear of anger or the fear of cholera

    Coprastasophobia- Fear of constipation

    Coprophobia- Fear of feces

    Dikephobia- Fear of justice

    Epistemophobia- Fear of knowledge

    Eurotophobia- Fear of female genitalia

    Francophobia- Fear of France or French culture

    Geniophobia- Fear of chins

    Hedonophobia- Fear of feeling pleasure

    Hellenologophobia- Fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology

    Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia- Fear of long words

    Hyelophobia or Hyalophobia- Fear of glass

    Japanophobia- Fear of Japanese

    Lachanophobia- Fear of vegetables

    Levophobia- Fear of things to the left side of the body

    Merinthophobia- Fear of being bound or tied up

    Metrophobia- Fear or hatred of poetry

    Myxophobia- Fear of slime

    Neophobia- Fear of anything new

    Nudophobia- Fear of nudity

    Numerophobia- Fear of numbers

    Oneirophobia- Fear of dreams

    Oneirogmophobia- Fear of wet dreams

    Ouranophobia or Uranophobia- Fear of heaven

    Patroiophobia- Fear of heredity

    Pediophobia- Fear of dolls

    Phengophobia- Fear of daylight or sunshine

    Porphyrophobia- Fear of the color purple

    Rhabdophobia- Fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized. Also fear of magic

    Scatophobia- Fear of fecal matter

    Spacephobia- Fear of outer space

    Stygiophobia or Stigiophobia- Fear of hell

    Triskaidekaphobia- Fear of the number 13<-----

    Urophobia- Fear of urine or urinating

    Venustraphobia- Fear of beautiful women

    Xanthophobia- Fear of the color yellow or the word yellow

    Xerophobia- Fear of dryness

    Zelophobia- Fear of jealousy

    Yes, they're in alphabetical order. for more, go http://phobialist.com/#A-
  26. May 13, 2005 #25

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    Well, I don't really have any superstitions, but today I lost my prescription and didn't know it until I was standing in front of the pharmacist. Then I totaled the lawnmower with about 5 minutes of mowing left; tore the skin off my thumb, got a really bad haircut, and then the fax machine ate my insurance forms. Nothing on the job that I'm working went well. And finally, my plumber has abandoned me; presumably for a bigger job. Oh yes, and I found out that an old friend just had quintuple bypass surgery. So it seems that even though my day was much better than my buddy's, I am doing my best to perpetuate the myth. :yuck:

    Not a superstition, but at times I will opt for a seemingly illogical decision based on instincts. And this has served me well more often than not. In fact some of my biggest successes began with a blind leap of faith.
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