This is becoming more of a challenge every week… Bring it on, Google!
Friday Fact #1: Prince Pyotr Andreyevich Vyazemsky (1792-1878) is credited for writing the poem titled: “семь пятниц на неделе” or “Seven Fridays (in/of) a Week” in 1826, to which his dear friend, Aleksandr Pushkin replied: “Seven Fridays… your best vaudeville.” The saying “Seven Fridays a Week” is a Russian Idiom for someone who is continuously indecisive.
Friday Fact #2: Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the name given the acute fear of Friday the 13th, but its victims aren’t the only ones to suffer. According to statistics, the U.S. alone loses $800-$900 million dollars in business every time that accursed date rolls up on the calendar – all because of the 17 to 21 million phobia-stricken people who simply cannot go about their day as normal. That’s one costly fear to have.
I saved this next fact for last, because we are coming up on the 3 year anniversary of this tragic natural disaster and the unfortunate chain of events that followed:
Friday Fact #3: On Friday, March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake followed by a 39 meter tall (at its highest point) Tsunami, which then triggered the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster. Below is footage released by the Japanese broadcasting network known as NHK.
Thanks to all who take the time to watch. I hope each and every one of us can find a moment on March 11th to remember, reach out, pray, research, however you like to contribute to the memory of those lost, those who willingly sacrificed, those who beat the odds, and to all of those who jumped in to help however they could.