Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday the 13th

I looked up Friday the 13th in Wikipedia today. Apparently, lots of people believe that either the number 13 and/or Fridays are unlucky and the combination of the two makes literally millions of people want to stay home and pull the covers over their heads.

As far as I'm concerned, those of us living in Toronto have been pretty lucky for the past few days. Last year, the days leading up to Valentine's Day looked like this:

In a word, snowy! This year, it's the complete opposite. We've had several days in a row of 9 degree weather and most of the snow has melted. It's funny how the mild weather seems to cheer everyone up. We all know it's only February and this is just a tease, there is sure to be more snow and cold before spring officially arrives in a month or so, but for now, the forecast is for a sunny, long weekend and that is making everyone smile.

But just in case you need to know, there is at least one Friday the 13th in every calendar year and 2009 actually has three! So if you have paraskavedekatriaphobia (no, I did not make that up - its the Greek word for the fear of Friday the 13th), prepare yourself to go through it again in both March and November!

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