Did you realize today is Friday the 13th? Did you also know that there will be a full moon tonight? These two events have not occurred for (Gasp 13 years) (August 13th, 2000). Not only that did you also know that there is psychological term for those who are deathly afraid of Friday the 13th? Paraskevidekatriaphobia is a concentration of the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning “thirteen”) attached to phobía (φοβία, from phóbos, φόβος, meaning “fear”). (
What is it about this day that causes such irrational fear in the hearts of so many? Is it only an American thing or do people world wide have the same fears?
For those of you still reading, lets take a look at the two entities (Friday) and the (number 13th) and see if we can fashion a good understanding of the two.
The Number 13.
LEGEND HAS IT: If 13 people sit down to dinner together, one will die within the year (Jesus/Judas).
This myth has its origins in the Greek Gods,
Twelve gods were invited to a banquet at Valhalla. Loki, the Evil One, god of mischief, had been left off the guest list but crashed the party, bringing the total number of attendees to 13. True to character, Loki raised hell by inciting Hod, the blind god of winter, to attack Balder the Good, who was a favorite of the gods. Hod took a spear of mistletoe offered by Loki and obediently hurled it at Balder, killing him instantly. All Valhalla grieved. And although one might take the moral of this story to be “Beware of uninvited guests bearing mistletoe,” the Norse themselves apparently concluded that 13 people at a dinner party is just plain bad luck.
As if to prove the point, the Bible tells us there were exactly 13 present at the Last Supper. One of the dinner guests (Judas) betrayed Jesus Christ, setting the stage for the Crucifixion. Thus was born the myth that if you sit down with 13 people at a dinner party then one of them will die within a year.
The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894). Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue. Many buildings don’t have a 13th floor. If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil’s luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names). There are 13 witches in a coven.
Blacks Cats and 13 Witches and more Gods
The name “Friday” was derived from a Norse deity worshipped on the sixth day, known either as Frigg (goddess of marriage and fertility), or Freya (goddess of sex and fertility), or both, the two figures having become intertwined in the handing down of myths over time (the etymology of “Friday” has been given both ways). Frigg/Freya corresponded to Venus, the goddess of love of the Romans, who named the sixth day of the week in her honor “dies Veneris.”
Friday was actually considered quite lucky by pre-Christian Teutonic peoples, we are told — especially as a day to get married — because of its traditional association with love and fertility. All that changed when Christianity came along. The goddess of the sixth day — most likely Freya in this context, given that the cat was her sacred animal — was recast in post-pagan folklore as a witch, and her day became associated with evil doings.
Various legends developed in that vein, but one is of particular interest: As the story goes, the witches of the north used to observe their sabbath by gathering in a cemetery in the dark of the moon. On one such occasion the Friday goddess, Freya herself, came down from her sanctuary in the mountaintops and appeared before the group, who numbered only 12 at the time, and gave them one of her cats, after which the witches’ coven — and, by “tradition,” every properly-formed coven since — comprised exactly 13.
Then we can look at more legends concerning Friday
LEGEND HAS IT: Never change your bed on Friday; it will bring bad dreams. If you cut your nails on Friday, you cut them for sorrow. Don’t start a trip on Friday or you will encounter misfortune. Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck, as in the tale of H.M.S. Friday. One hundred years ago, the British government sought to quell the longstanding superstition among seamen that setting sail on Fridays was unlucky. A special ship was commissioned and given the name “H.M.S. Friday.” They laid her keel on a Friday, launched her on a Friday, selected her crew on a Friday, and hired a man named Jim Friday to be her captain. To top it off, H.M.S. Friday embarked on her maiden voyage on a Friday — and was never seen or heard from again.
In pagan Rome, Friday was execution day (later Hangman’s Day in Britain), but in other pre-Christian cultures it was the Sabbath, a day of worship, so those who indulged in secular or self-interested activities on that day could not expect to receive blessings from the gods — which may explain the lingering taboo on embarking on journeys or starting important projects on Fridays
Adam and Eve
It was on a Friday, supposedly, that Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit. Adam bit, as we all learned in Sunday School, and they were both ejected from Paradise. Tradition also holds that the Great Flood began on a Friday; God tongue-tied the builders of the Tower of Babel on a Friday; the Temple of Solomon was destroyed on a Friday; and, of course, Friday was the day of the week on which Christ was crucified. It is therefore a day of penance for Christians.
Lastly we look at the Good Old Da Vinici code to shed some light the Friday the 13th association.
The decimation of the Knights Templar, the legendary order of “warrior monks” formed during the Christian Crusades to combat Islam. Renowned as a fighting force for 200 years, by the 1300s the order had grown so pervasive and powerful it was perceived as a political threat by kings and popes alike and brought down by a church-state conspiracy, as recounted by Katharine Kurtz in Tales of the Knights Templar (Warner Books, 1995):
Whoa there, you mean Friday the 13th has correlations to Greek Gods, Muslims, the Crucifixion, witches, Black Cats and in general just bad luck all around. And on top of that a Full Moon makes people act whacky? I am never leaving the house on Friday the 13th again!!
No worries guys in case you come across that Black cat today, he is probably not the 13th member of the witches coven, feed him some yummy kitty treats he is probably hungry, and if he is part of the coven, at least you made a friend. And if you have the misfortune of breaking a mirror today, no worries about 7years of bad luck, legend has it that if you burry the mirror underneath the light of a full moon by a tree, than those 7 years of bad luck will be neutralized.
And for those factual spirits out there, no worries about the real Friday the 13th, (The franchise was jus a movie) and the real studies have proven no real correlation to bad luck and Friday the 13th. Of course our drivers are out on the road “starting a journey” every day so I wish them the most luck and will slip them a nice rabbits foot or four leaf clover to help quell any fear,
Do you have any Friday the 13th tales or stories? We would love to hear them.
(All materials was taken from Urban Legends.com, USA Today, Wikipedia and WiseGeek.com)
The first car was invented in 1888, and just twenty years later in 1908 Henry Ford’s Model-T made the automobile affordable for the common man. Over the last century cars have underwent massive face lifts, from the automatization of controls, amenities and in 2010 even the energy source from which they derive power. All of which have boosted the economy by increasing the service radius of companies nationally and aiding in the development of Billion dollar transportation and logistics industry. While the airline industry makes products available internationally, the majority of supply chain logistics still takes place on the ground.
From Truckers carrying heavy loads, to specialized medical couriers and even security enforced armored cars, transportation makes up more than 5 percent of all jobs in the United States. Now imagine if 5 percent of Americans suddenly found themselves without a job. Thanks to recent developments, fully autonomous vehicles, also known as driverless cars, (See Google driverless car), are expected to be commercially available around 2020. So that means your mail men, UPS, Fed Ex, Lowes, Wal-Mart and even your Pizza Delivery man may soon be out of a job? How will these cars be serviced, how many will be on the road at a time, will we be able to have a choice about whether we want to have a driver behind the wheel or a computer? For anyone who has seen the movie Wall-e is this another step towards utopian bliss or an epidemic of technology take over.
Having recently watched Morgan Spurlock’s Inside man, where he explores the vast difference between the to elite 1% and those of the unemployed, will the automization of the automobile cause an even wider gap between the top and the bottom , I would imagine loosing nearly 5% of US jobs in less than a decade would cause a major shift in the middle class. What other occupations can the truck, taxi, courier driver do to help ensure the survival of his family.
To answer this question lets look at the typical day of a Dash Driver:
Tony: Tony checks in to Xcelerator courier management system at 06:00 using is mobile smart phone indicating that he is ready for orders.
“This indicates that Tony is responsible and eager to work. It also shows that he can master digital communications.”
Tez- The operations manager sees that Tony is ready to work and dispatches a route to Tony, Tony sees the work order and accepts the job within 5 minutes.
“This shows Tony is punctual and reliable.”
07:30 Tony arrives at Dash Warehouse and picks up his first load of the day. It is cargo van work, that will take him through Greensboro into Winston Salem and back. Tony drives a fork lift to load his heavier cargo onto the van.
” This indicates Tony has keen senses, eye sight and the ability to manipulate machinery to achieve a means to an end.”
08:00 Tony indicates on his smart phone that his load is out for delivery signaling the customer
08:30 Tony unloads at his first stop, and cheerfully secures a POD from the Business manager.
“This indicates that Tony is generally happy with his job and provides human interaction with the customer increasing the business presence.”
09:00-12:00 Tony continues to make stops 2,3,4,5,6,7 in between stop 7 and 8 he gets a signal from Tez that there is a delivery that needs to be picked up near his route its onboard mileage is only 10 miles. Tony pulls up his GPS and finds out that the pick up is 5 miles away, he quickly accepts the job as an add on and delivers the package within only 20 minutes of receiving the order, and then continues on to sotps 8,9 and 10 to finish his route.
“This shows that Tony not only knows how to be responsible for his assigned loads he is also flexible and willing to help out whenever he can.
12:00-12:45 Tony checks in upon completing his route but there are no orders in his direct area, he asks Tez if he should head back to the city center or hang out where he is. Tez advises that he may have something in the area in the next hour. Tony stops at a near by Diner to grab some food, keeping his phone with him in case he gets called in to do another job. While in the Diner Tony meets Gloria the restaurant manager who notices Tony’s shirt says Dash Courier on it, she asks him what he does as a courier, and Tony tells her about his morning, including his extra stop which turned out to be a food delivery for a morning conference. Gloria is intrigued and asks Tony to pass along her information to his sales team, as she has been exploring the option offering office catering to her business model.
“This is invaluable service that drivers can provide, face to face contact. Tony was a walking billboard with his Dash shirt on and effectively sold a new customer just by being himself.
14:00- Tony gets five orders on him, shipments to the Jail, To the Hospital, two elementary schools and to a local architect. He accepts all five, but at 4:00 when he sees there is a big traffic jam due to rush hour starting he calls into Tex to let him know that he wont be able to deliver the elementary school supplies an the hospitals lab sample before 5:00, Tez makes a decision hold the elementary school supplies until the morning and deliver the sample, it is more time critical. Tony delivers and even comes back to the warehouse to store the elementary school supplies over night, before he picks them up in the morning.
18:00 Tony checks out of Xcelerator ands heads home after a long day at work, in one day he visited 20 different store fronts, interacted with over 30 people and felt satisfaction in knowing he helped the economy running smoothly.
Now will a driverless car rob Tony of his work satisfaction, what other jobs can Tony do. Well, I at least can say that Tony can do a plethora of jobs, for in fact in his single day at work, he worked in the medical field, human resources, logistics, customer service, sales and management. He is after all a DASH COURIER AND LOGISTICS Driver. The problem is however will the economy be able to create new jobs to replace those which are lost when technology takes Tony’s job.
What do you think about the new driverless car?
Is technology really going to take over our lives?
What’s next I-Robot?
All content is written by Courtney Leone Social Media Manager for Dash Courier and Logistics. Information found in this article was found freely using a Google Search engine.