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Conspiracy Theory #2795

So England were only able to manage a 1-1 draw against France in their first game of Euro2012 last night.  As always, there has been plenty said in the press about the lack of a win against a French side that, despite being the favourites, had a pretty poor back line that should perhaps have been exploited?

I am of the opinion, however, that more sinister forces are at work!  Last night, for the first time in 16 years, the England Supporters Band were unable to play after their instruments were confiscated at the stadium in Ukraine!

However, while the irritation of hearing The Great Escape theme tune repeatedly grated with many listeners, it was last night found to drown out the various mindless chants that Roy Hodgson’s barmy army indulge in and therefore is clearly the lesser of two evils.

It is not known whether the band will be allowed to play in England’s next game on Friday against Sweden in Kiev.  If they can’t play however, and if the rumours are to believed and Hodgson is planning to start Jordan Henderson, England supporters will be rendered speechless for the entire ninety minutes so that TV audiences can watch the game in muted disbelief.

Unlucky for some?

Today is Friday 13th April and it got me thinking about why we are so superstitious about the number 13 and why it considered to be such a problem when Friday falls on the 13th day of the month?

A fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia which comes from the Greek words for Friday – paraskevi, Thirteen – dekatria and Fear – phobia

Unlucky 13:  It is considered unlucky to have 13 at a table or in a company. The number 13, in the Christian faith, is the number of people at the Last Supper, with the 13th guest at the table being the traitor, Judas.

So why else are people superstitious of the number 13?

  • A witches coven consists of 13 members.
  • Tarot Card number 13 is the Death Card, depicting the Grim Reaper
  • There are 13 steps leading to the gallows.
  • 13 knots in a hangman’s noose.
  • 13 feet which the guillotine blade falls.

Added to this, Fridays have been considered an unlucky day since the medieval times.  It is generally considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday – a new journey, job, marriage, business project, giving birth, moving house.  It is unlucky to cut fingernails and hair on a Friday and in Britain, Friday was the conventional day for public hangings.

Furthermore,

  • Muslims tout Friday as the day that Allah created Adam
  • Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit on a Friday and later died on a Friday
  • Christians consider Friday as the day on which Christ was crucified by the Romans

On that basis, without wishing to tempt fate any further, I am heading back to hide under the duvet until it’s all over … till the next time!

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