Sunday, August 9, 2009

Thursday Thirteen about the Number Thirteen

Thirteen Facts about the Number Thirteen Why does the number 13 evoke feelings of uncertainty and uneasiness? Is it really an unlucky number? What started this stigma about 13? Here are thirteen facts: 1. Triskaidekaphobia means the fear of number 13. Tradition traces this fear of 13 at the table to the 2. Tradition traces this fear of 13 at the table to the Last Supper- Jesus dined with his twelve apostles. The inference was someone was going to die within a short time. Judas betrayed Jesus, overcome by his guilt, he hang himself. 3. Mythology has its own story. The Norse gods were having a banquet for 12 at the Valhalla when Loki, one of the evil gods gatecrashed the party. Balder was the god of light, joy and reconciliation. He had a blind brother whom Loki tricked into throwing a sprig of mistletoe on Balder’s chest which killed him ( Balder). Mistletoe is the only earthly thing that was fatal to Balder. 4. Into the Middle Ages, the stigma against Friday the 13th grew stronger. On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Phillip !V of France ordered the arrest of the Grand Master of the Knights Templar and his senior knights and other members. They were tortured to compel them to admit to “wrongdoings.” And they were executed. Sympathizers of the Templars condemned Friday the 13th as an evil day. 5. In the 18th century, the belief about Friday the 13th was reinforced. The British ship HMS Friday was launched on a Friday , the 13th , the captain was a man named Jim Friday. The ship was never seen nor heard from again. 6. Apollo 13 mission in 1970. It was launched on 1313 hours, from pad 39 ( 13 x 3), 3 of the sleeping arrangements for the astronauts were timed to start at 13 minutes past the hour and so was one of the possible splashdown. On April 13th, the first of the several setbacks to Apollo 13 occurred and this added drama to the mission. 7. In many hotels and skyscrapers, there is no 13th floor. 8. Most airplanes have no seat No. 13. 9. In Italy, it is usual to leave out 13 in numbering the lottery tickets. 10. Thirteen for dinner? Not in France. A party of thirteen can hire a professional quatorzieme, a fourteenth person, from an agency. 11. In some big hospitals, there is no Operating Room 13, to spare the patient added anxiety being wheeled into Room 13. 12. 13 is the ideal number of people in a coven. 13. It is believed that to left-handed people, 13 is their lucky number. Information taken from: Number Power by Keith Ellis

Friday, August 7, 2009

Excerpt Monday August

Excerpt Monday Logo This is something new I've been playing around with, in its earliest stage. Would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. REMOVED SINCE I'VE CHANGED MUCH OF THIS Note: I have not personally screened these excerpts. Please heed the ratings and be aware that the links may contain material that is not typical of my site. Mel/Alexia Reed, Urban Fantasy (R) and Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG) Joining us this week: AJ O'Donovan, Poetry (PG13) Stephanie Draven, Paranormal Romance (PG 13) Heather S.Ingemar, Dark Fantasy/Poetry (PG13) Babette James, Fantasy Romance (PG 13) Cynthia Justlin, Romantic Suspense (PG 13) Kaige, Historical Romance (PG 13) Julia Knight, Fantasy Romance (PG13) Ansha Kotyk, Middle Grade Adventure (PG13) Adelle Laudan, Contemporary Romance (PG 13) Jeannie Lin, Historical Romance (PG 13) RF Long, YA Paranormal (PG13) Caitlynn Lowe, Epic Fantasy (PG13) Shawntelle Madison, Paranormal Romance (PG 13) Crista McHugh, Contemporary Erotic Romance (PG 13) Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG) Leigh Royals, Historical Romance (PG 13) Megan S., Paranormal (PG13) Dara Sorensen, Historical Paranormal (PG 13) Bethanne Strasser, Historical Romance (PG13) Melissa Aires, Futuristic Romance (R) Melissa Blue, Contemporary Romance (R) Jax Cassidy, Contemporary (R) Christina DeLorenzo, Furturistic Sci-Fi (R) Maya Doyle, Parnormal Romance (R) Ginny Glass, Paranormal (R) Amber Green, Romantic Suspense (R) Cate Hart, Paranormal YA (R) Kinsey W. Holley, Erotic Romance (R) Ali Katz, Erotic Paranormal Romance (R) Aislinn Kerry, Fantasy (R) Inez Kelly, Fantasy Romance (R) Cherrie Lynn, Contemporary Erotic Romance (R) Mel/Alexia Reed, Urban Fantasy (R) Rebecca Savage, Romantic Suspense (R) Fae Sutherland, Contemporary Erotic Romance (R) Stephanie Adkins, Paranormal Erotic Romance (NC 17) Evie Byrne, Erotic Historical Romance (NC17) Ella Drake, Erotic Contemporary (NC17) Dawn Montgomery, Erotic Paranormal Romance (NC17) Lauren Murphy, Erotic Romance (NC 17) Kim Knox, Erotic Paranormal Romance (NC17) Emily Ryan-Davis, Historical Western Romance (NC17) Kirsten Saell, Erotic Fantasy Romance (NC 17) Jeanne St. James, Contemporary Romance (NC)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Lesser Known Superstitions about Humans 1. If a person’s ear is pulled, especially a child’s when he is told to do something, he will not forget it. 2. A flat chin signifies viciousness, a small chin, cowardice, a pointed chin, craftiness, a soft round chin, fondness for food, a square strong chin, self-restraint and willpower. 3. Women who have hair on their lips will be rich. 4. Bloodless lips denote an immoral and treacherous person. 5. A large number of wrinkles around the mouth signifies a tendency not to tell the truth. 6. If two persons by chance say the same thing at the same time, the superstition is that each must bite the little finger of the right hand while making a wish, and then quickly reach for the other one’s little finger and pull hard. This makes a hooked cross which holds a wish. If neither makes a sound to show pain when pulling the little finger, their wishes will come true. If there is an outcry, the wish will not come true. 7. If a female places her shoes beside her bed with the heel of one against the middle of the other, she will have happy dreams and good luck in love. (making a tau-cross). 8. Many brides believe that she should jump out of bed and land on both feet on her wedding day to ensure she doesn’t start off her married life on the wrong foot. 9. When you stumble, you should snap your fingers to frighten away whatever evil spirit was responsible for the mishap. 10. When a girl’s eyebrows meet, she’ll marry someone near home. 11. The ashes of the burnt shells of hazel nuts applied to the back of an infant’s head will insure the color of the iris in the baby’s eye from turning gray, bu will make them dark instead. 12. Combings and fallen hairs should be burned, or else a bird will weave these hairs into its nest and the person from whose head they came will go insane. 13. To make a cross with saliva and then touch the ear is a good formula for outwitting the one who is gossiping about you (Re. Ears ring when being talked about).