Friday the 13th

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  • The Importance Of Superstition In The Middle Ages

    A seemingly newborn superstition, the fear of Friday the 13th can find its origins in the 1800’s (Pappas, 2012). As most of Medieval England being under the Church 's rule, Friday was also considered to be an unlucky day as Jesus died on a Friday (Pappas, 2012). Similarly, 13 had a long history of being unlucky, with the 13th man at the Last Supper being the one to betray Jesus (Conradt, 2009). So then it 's easy to see how when the two are put together that it 's a real recipe for disaster to the people of the Middle Ages. Today, friggatriskaidekaphobia, or the fear of Friday the 13th is all to very real for some (Pappas, 2012). The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in North Carolina report that about 17 million people fear Friday the 13th (Pappas, 2012). With an entire movie franchise named after the forbidden day, it is no doubt that the superstition still feeds off our fear. "If anything bad happens to you on Friday the 13th, the two will be forever associated in your mind," said Thomas Gilovich, a renowned psychologist currently located at Cornell University (Pappas, 2012). Just like Gilovich said, the bad will forever be associated with that day. While this was never my personal experience, it is still something that has affected me and my life. It was said to me that my parents were married on a Friday the 13th. While they stayed together for some time, it…

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  • Arithmophobia Or Numerophobia

    In the National Geographic, there was an article by Jaclyn Skurie, called Superstitious Numbers Around the World. She tells the reader about five numbers from different countries that are presumably unlucky. In China, they believe the number 4 is unlucky because fours pronunciation is similar to their word for death. To which, many buildings skip a fourth floor. In Japan the number 9 sounds like the word for torture or suffering. While in Afghanistan, they say the number 39 translates into…

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  • Personal Narrative Essay: The Bad Luck Of Friday The 13th

    It was a normal Friday morning. The air was crisp and chilly. I met my friends on the way down the stairwell of my apartment building, and we had a conversation about the date. It was Friday the 13th. They told me that there was a movie called Friday the 13th, and that the day was bad luck. I laughed and joked about it until we got to school. Everything was normal until it was time for recess when it took an unexpected turn for the worst. I was playing basketball with my friends when I got…

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  • Black Friday Negative Aspects

    Black Friday, a time of the year when everything is on sale and almost everyone is in mood of shopping. It is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States. During Black Friday, the retail stores come up with many giant sales promotions and door-buster sales events. For most of the people the main attractions on Black Friday are the discounts on electronic goods and appliances. Other than that, people buy almost everything just because it’s Black Friday. They think that if it is…

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  • Church Retreat Report

    Gerardo Mejia Professor Feres Religious Studies 325 17 April 2015 Retreat On Friday March 6th I embarked on a retreat until Sunday March 8th. Holy Spirit Catholic Church hosted this retreat, which is located at, 2725 55th St, San Diego, CA 92105. I was invited by one of my close friends to join her on this retreat, I knew very little about what I was getting myself into and about what I would even be doing there. All I was told was this retreat was going to take place in a different location,…

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  • The Dream Of The Rood Analysis

    In literature, we can find different thoughts that are brought to our attention and may touch our hearts as we read it. When I read literature, I find a personal connection within it and it makes me want to read more. An Old English Poem, “The Dream of the Rood” by an unknown author, translated by E.T Donaldson is a unique poem where the narrator tells his vision from a dream he received on the crucifixion of Christ and the view from the cross perspective. The beauty of this poem goes beyond…

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  • Definition Of Passion Essay

    Many truly don’t know the complete meaningful definition of the word passion. Passion in the dictionary is a very vague and simple definition. The definition defines passion as a strong emotion. There are many strong emotions out there in the world that the word passion can be confused, or can be used in the wrong context. It seems like people have taking away the true meaning of passion. People have overlooked the word and substituted the definition with a definition that will never truly…

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  • Black Friday Persuasive Essay

    think of Thanksgiving? Turkey, family, parades... how about shopping? While you are home enjoying your turkey and pie with family just think of the miserable retail employees who are spending their time stocking shelves, counting inventory, and preparing for the grand opening start of Black Friday on a Thanksgiving night. The reality of our retail industry is that not everybody has the choice to spend time with family during Thanksgiving and enjoy the holiday. Black Friday stores shouldn’t be…

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  • Sephora Inside J. C. Penney's Case Study

    Publics are people with similar interests such as employees, readers of a newspaper, communities or consumers (source 4). One public, and stakeholder, that is extremely influential to a corporation are the employees. I interviewed ten Sephora Inside J.C.Penney’s employees, including management and non-management, on different issues that may arise while working for this company. There are various consequences that SIJCP could have on employees: hosting makeup brands that condone animal testing…

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  • Perseverance In The Odyssey

    While it is easy for one to give up on their goals and move on, one can truly show strength by conquering the various challenges on their way to success. Homer’s, The Odyssey, is able to depict how persistence can lead to fulfillment. Homer’s purpose in the epic poem The Odyssey is to show society that though there are setbacks in life, one can overcome them with perseverance by employing katabasis by emphasize the various struggles Odysseus faces. Homer utilizes katabasis initially to…

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