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Yes, it's FRIDAY FOLLIES! I know, it's been a while, and I keep getting requests to bring it back so here it is. (Two requests so far, one of them a relative, but still. . .) I have no explanation for why I've neglected it for so long. I could say I just wasn't feeling it but that's so unprofessional. My only regret is that I let so many good FF candidates slip by over the weeks. But remember, it doesn't have to be Friday for things to get really oddball. Check out my blog on the lesser-known candidate's debate in New Hampshire last week. It's Here. That one's good for at least three or four FFs.
But today is Friday the 13th and I just felt I had to participate. From Wikipedia: "The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom "Friday" is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen)." It's that kind of day but it's really not as bad as you think. On MSNBC this morning someone from CNBC actually looked up how many times the stock market closed higher on all of the Friday the 13ths since the stock market opened its doors and it turns out that it closed higher 56.7% of the time! (What a relief, huh?)
But closer to home it's just eerie that yesterday (the day before Friday the 13th) I discovered that the building I was in had no 13th floor. It was unnerving, to say the least. I don't enter tall buildings very often anymore so I was shocked that I was that surprised, if even for a moment. Of course! I should have remembered that every self-respecting building in the world pretends the floor above the 12th is the 14th floor, cunningly avoiding the prospect of zombies lurking in the hallway preparing to murder any person foolish enough to agree to take a room on that frigging floor.