I have literally just finished this book called A Separate Peace by John Knowles this morning. It was a book I had to read for school, so I had to read it pretty quick.
Recently, I finished reading the classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and it was just as interesting as the first time I read it. From the movies, it always felt that the monster was the monster. After reading it, you realize that that is not the case. The scientist, Victor Frankenstein, is the real monster. The monster, who I have started to called Adam after he read Paradise Lost, is only a monster based on how the others in the Victorian society saw him as. A blind man became Adam’s best friend because he saw who Adam really was instead of the composition of corpses that everyone else saw him as. I, personally would recommend this work, although I do know those who do not like this book. It is that type of book. Either you like it or you don’t.
If you have read this book, tell me what you think. Also, leave book suggestions for me in the comments or scream it at me via Twitter. My handle is @RayaIBoyd. I would love to know what you think.
- Does everything you eat have to be green?
- Will you still pinch me if I say I have green sock but can’t see them?
- Are you really Irish, or do you just want a kiss?
- How does one truly celebrate the festival of green?
As everyone may know, Friday the 13th is my favorite holiday, so imagine my glee when there are been two in a row. I just love it when the first of the month lands on a Monday. For more about this amazing holiday, go to the article I wrote about by click here.
And remember, get you “pi” selections for tomorrow’s amazing holiday, Pi Day.
So, it’s a new month, which means that there is a new batch of holidays for the public to celebrate. March is National Irish American Heritage Month, Red Cross Month and Social Workers Month.
But now it’s time for that daily holidays brought to to you via me by Holiday Insights (http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/march.htm):
- National Pig Day (those little piggies are so cute); Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day (I have I told you how much I hate peanut butter. No…Well I do.)
- Old Stuff Day
- I Want You to be Happy Day; If Pets Had Thumbs Day; National Anthem Day; Peach Blossom Day
- Holy Experiment Day; Hug a GI Day
- Multiple Personality Day
- Dentist’s Day; National Frozen Food Day; Employee Appreciation Day (first Friday in March); National Salesperson Day (first Friday in March)
- National Crown Roast of Pork Day (Why are we killing the little piggies? *tear*)
- Be Nasty Day; International (Working) Women’s Day
- Panic Day
- Middle Name Pride Day
- Johnny Appleseed Day; Worship of Tools Day
- Girl Scouts Day; Plant a Flower Day; Popcorn Lover’s Day
- Ear Muff Day; Jewel Day
- Learn about Butterflies Day; National Potato Chip Day; National Pi Day (one of favorite holidays)
- Everything You Think is Wrong Day; Ides of March; Incredible Kid Day; Dumbstruck
- Everything You Do is Right Day; Freedom of Information Day
- Submarine Day; Saint Patrick’s Day
- Supreme Sacrifice Day; National Agriculture Day (date varies)
- International Earth Day; Extraterrestrial Abductions Day; Proposal Day; Fragrance Day
- National Quilting Day (third Saturday of March)
- National Goof Off Day
- National Chip and Dip Day; Dear Miss Day
- National Chocolate Covered Raisin day (I also don’t like Chocolate, just so you know)
- Pecan Day; Waffle Day
- Make Up Your Own Holiday; National Spinach Day
- National “Joe” Day
- Something on a Stick Day
- National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day; Smoke and Mirrors Day
- National Doctor’s Day; I am in Control Day; Take a Walk in the Park Day
- Bunsen Burner Day; National Clam on the Half Shell Day
Now that you know about the holidays of this month, go out and celebrate. Or not. The decision is totally up to you. But not Pi Day. Go out and tell every one that its Pi day. Now, let’s see how much Pi everyone gets for saying it.
As many as you may now know, there is an argument spreading across social media and that debate is over…the color of a dress. Yes, you have heard right. There is debate over a the color of a dress. Some, like myself say the dress is blue and black; others say that the dress is white and gold. Then there are others that say the color is based on how you look at it and see both sets of colors, but I want to know what you think. If you have know clue what dress I or the rest of is talking about, you can look up “#thedress,” and it should come up.
Tomorrow is my favorite holiday in the world, and it happens a couple a times a year: Friday the 13th. Why is it my favorite? Is it because I can scare the living daylights out of some people? Is it because of the intrigue of the history behind the day? Well, its a little bit of both. If you know me personally, you would know how much joy I get out of scaring people. Also, I am a totally geek when it comes to all things scary, but you will never catch me watching the movie Scream (NEVER AGAIN). That mask creeps me out way too much, but that is a story for another time.
Friday the 13th sparks fear into many people that this fear is considered to be a phobia, which falls under three names: Paraskevidekatriaphobia, Friggatriskaidekaphobia and Triskaidekaphobia. According to the North Carolina Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, seventeen to twenty-one million people suffer from this fear.
It is amusing how much a number strikes fear into the hearts of millions, and it is not anything new. It is said that superstitions surrounding the number thirteen have been around since the 1700 BCE. Hammurabi’s Code in Ancient Babylon did not have the number thirteen. There is also a theory that if thirteen people eat dinner together, within a year, one of those people will die.
One of the stories behind the dinning superstition is that in Norse mythology, Odin invited 11 of his friends to dinner, but Loki, god of evil and mischief, crashed the event. In this story Loki was evil number thirteen.
But now, back to why Friday the 13th is an “evil” day.
In numerology, twelve represents being complete because there are many twelves in the world:
- 12 months of the year
- 12 gods of Olympus
- 12 hour clocks
With twelve meaning completeness, thirteen interrupts the completeness, making it unlucky. Which leads to the first theory of the origin of the holiday being about The Last Supper. Much similar to the Odin example above. There where thirteen people at the dinner leading to Jesus’s crucifixion, which occurred on a Friday.
Another theory revolves around the Norse goddess Frigga of love and fertility. Does Frigga look familiar? It should. One of the names for the fear of Friday the 13th is friggatriskaidekaphobia. It’s not just a coincidence. It is believed that Frigga, when Christianity came to the area, that she was denounced as a witch and was forced into the mountain where she met with 11 witches and the Devil to get revenge. Oh, and did I mention that her name means Friday. Well, it does.
There is also there this less known theory, which is really obscure. It that the Templar Knights were arrested by King Philip IV on October 13, 1307, a Friday.
The sources of my information will be at the very bottom. But first, I think that whether you think that Friday the 13th the realest thing ever or just something stupid I have left some ground rules that you should follow, and they are as follows:
- Don’t walk under ladders
- Don’t spill salt
- Don’t go to a motel/hotel to have sex
- Don’t go into the woods by yourself
- If you do go into the woods, don’t separate from the group
- Make sure you get your car tuned up
- Don’t summon ghost
- Don’t summon demons
- Don’t go into abandoned buildings
- Don’t use an Ouija Board (I think I spelled that right)
- If you hear the a noise, don’t ask who it is
- Don’t do anything stupid that is in every horror movie ever.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_the_13th (I had to; it was the first source)
So yesterday, I finally got to write my post about Groundhog’s day (Go me!). And today, I was thinking about all of the holidays in February. So, thanks to Holiday Insights (at http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/february.htm), I was able to find all of the holidays of the month. Some I have heard of, others not some much, and apparently, February is the month of a couple of different things other than Black History Month. In is also
- American Heart Month
- Canned Food Month
- National Children’s Dental Health Month
- Great American Pie Month (this just spoke to the Supernatural fan and Dean girl inside of me)
among many others.
Now the daily holidays are below, and are followed as, including the ones that have already passed, of 2015:
- National Freedom Day
- Groundhog Day; Candle-mas
- The day the Music Died
- Create a Vacuum Day
- Thank a Mailman Day
- National Weatherman’s Day
- Lame Duck Day; Eat Ice Cream of Breakfast Day (always the 1st Saturday of the month); Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day; Send a Card to a Friend Day
- Boy Scout Day; Kite Flying Day; Clean out Your Computer Day (always the second Monday of the month)
- Toothache Day
- Umbrella Day
- Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day; Make a Friend Day; White T-Shirt Day;
- Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday; Plum Pudding Day
- Blame Someone Else Day (always the first Friday the 13th of the year); Get a Different Name Day
- Ferris Wheel Day; National Organ Donor Day; Valentine’s Day
- National Gum Drop Day; Singles Awareness Day; the day of Valentine’s Day Candy goes one sale (my absolute favorite)
- President’s Day; Do a Grouch a Favor Day
- Random Acts of Kindness Day
- National Batter Day
- Chinese New Years (the day varies); National Chocolate Mint Day
- Cherry Pine Day; Hoodie Hod Day; Love Your Pet Day
- Card Reading Day
- George Washington’s Birthday; Be Humble Day; Walking the Dog Day; International World Thinking Day
- International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day; Tennis Day.
- National Tortilla Chip Day
- Pistol Patent Day
- Carnival Day; National Pistachio Day; Tell a Fairy Tale Day
- Polar Bear Day; No Brainer Day
- Floral Design Day; Public Sleeping Day; National Tooth Fairy Day (this day and/or August 22nd)
Leap Day (sadly, we must wait one more year for this day.)
These are so many awesome holidays, I might do things in honor of them. You’re just going to have to wait and see.
So, last week, I kind of brought up the question of where Groundhog’s day came from. I was planning on writing this post last week, but life happens. I’m in AP English IV (where I have to read twelve books by next Friday), among other classes that I have. But now, on with the history.
The first Groundhog’s day was February 2, 1887 at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsatawney, Pennsylvania where there is, to this day, a three-day celebration with the Punxsatawney Groundhog Club and that Phil’s (the first ground hog used) line is the only one that can actually “see the future” when it comes to the weather. The tradition behind it is that if a groundhog’s sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. The omen about there being six more weeks of winter sounds strange, but with the habits of groundhogs, it actual makes some sense.
Winter, according the the calender, ends two weeks into March in the Northern Hemisphere, which is six weeks after the prediction via groundhog. Groundhogs are hibernating animals which means that they sleep through the winter. Male groundhogs leave hibernation in early February and search for a mate. After this, they go back into hibernation until March, which fits the timeline of the prediction.
Although the Groundhog’s prediction falls into the hibernation schedule, the tradition of tracking the days until the end of winter did not start there.
In ancient Christian tradition, there was a holiday known as Candle-mas Day. This is the day where the church’s clergymen bless and distribute candles needed for the rest of winter, marking a milestone. In was believed that the weather present on that day, indicated the season. It was believed that if the day was dry, winter was still among the land, but if it was a wet day, spring had come. This tradition was then brought to the Germans, by the Roman people, who assigned the hedgehog as the animal to predict the weather. When those people started to migrate to America, the groundhog looked similar to the European hedgehog, so they decided to make the groundhog the new animal predicting the weather.
(If the links are wrong, please tell me so that I can fix them.)