FRIDAY THE 13TH!
triskaidekaphobia \ tris-kahy-dek-uh-FOH-bee-uh, tris-kuh- \ , noun;
- fear or a phobia concerning the number 13.
Origin: Triskaidekaphobia derives from the Greek word for thirteen, triskaídeka and the Greek word for fear, phobos . It entered English in the early 1900s.
afterclap \AF-ter-klap\, noun:
- An unexpected, often unpleasant sequel to a matter that had been considered closed.
- To have a break from sex, derived from the two words coitus and hiatus.
What was the first male name given to an Atlantic hurricane?
- Bob, in 1979. That was the first year the World Meteorological Organization began alternating between male and female names in alphabetical order. For the previous 26 years, only female names had been used—starting with Alice.
- Mexican War: was declared by US president James Polk; the resulting land expansion was widely justified by manifest destiny (1846)
- "blood, toil, tears and sweat": Winston Churchill famously offered these elements in his first address as prime minister; Theodore Roosevelt was the first to use the phrase 43 years earlier (1940)
- Pope John Paul II: was shot in Rome by right-wing Turkish militant Mehmet Ali Agca; the pontiff survived the assassination attempt (1981)
THE CROW: Brandon Lee's haunting final film opened in theaters (1994)
- $20 bill: the Andrew Jackson was revamped and colorized to thwart counterfeiters (2003)
- Walt Whitman 1819 - Poet, essayist, journalist, humanist
- Arthur Sullivan 1842 - Operetta composer, worked with Sir William Gilbert
- Maxine Sullivan (Marietta Williams) 1911 - Singer
- Robert Middleton (Samuel Messer) 1911 - Actor ("Desperate Hours")
- Joe Louis (Barrow) 1914 - Boxer, "The Brown Bomber"
- Johnny Wright 1914 - Country singer
- "Red" Garland (William "Red" Garland) 1923 - Musician
- Johnny (John Junior) Roseboro 1933 - Baseball player
- Zohra Lampert 1937 - Actress ("Alan & Naomi")
- Harvey Keitel 1939 - Actor ("Pulp Fiction", "Thelma and Louise", "Taxi Driver")
- Senta Berger 1941 - Actress ("The Victors")
- Mary Wells 1943 - Singer
- "Magic" Dick Salwitz 1945 - Musician (J. Geils Band)
- Danny Klein 1946 - Musician (J. Geils Band)
- Mike Chernoff 1946 - Hockey player
- Tim Pigott-Smith 1946 - Actor (" The Jewel in the Crown")
- Overand (Peter) Watts 1947 - Musician (Mott the Hoople)
- Franklin Ajaye 1949 - Actor ("Fraternity Vacation", "Convoy")
- Stevie Wonder (Steveland Morris) 1950 - Musician
- Bobby Valentine 1950 - Baseball player, manager
- Hunter Parrish 1978 - Actor ("Weeds")