Friday, April 13, 2007


It's Friday the 13th.

Some say it's lucky others say it's unlucky.... I searched it's history...there's nothing to be afraid of really.

I like 13... since it's pretty much my birthdate.

If only there would be a 13th month.... I'd name it Elaramber.

Why Elaramber? Hehe. Find out yourself... and you would win a trip to Timbuktu. Hehe. *ok-i'm-only-joking*

Random 13 Little bits of Trivia

  1. The tune for the "A-B-C" song is the same as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." - *I'm sure most of you knows this by now...*
  2. The nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosey is a rhyme about the plague. Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosey..."), these sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers on their bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores ("...a pocket full of posies..."), People who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("...ashes, ashes, we all fall down!")
  3. In Disney's "Fantasia", the Sorcerer's name is "Yensid" (Disney backwards.)
  4. M&M's stands for the last names of Forrest Mars, Sr., then candymaker, and his associate Bruce Murrie.
  5. Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain was born on a day in 1835 when Haley's Comet came into veiw. When He died in 1910, Haley's Comet came into view again. In 1909, Twain is quoted as saying:
    I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together. from: Wikipedia
  6. The original story from Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights begins, "Aladdin was a little Chinese boy."
  7. When a film is in production, the last shot of the day is the "martini shot".
  8. It is a misdemeanor to kill or threaten a butterfly, says City Ordinance No. 352 in Pacific Grove, California.
  9. Only 1/3 of the people that can twitch their ears can twitch only one at a time. - *Well, I'm not the 1/3, I can only twitch my ears but not one at a time.*
  10. "Speak of the Devil" is short for "Speak of the Devil and he shall come". It was believed that if you spoke about the Devil it would attract his attention. That's why when your talking about someone and they show up people say "Speak of the Devil"
  11. Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy, and "Musse Pigg" in Swedish.
  12. Originally there were 24 stars in the Paramount Logo but it was later reduced into 22.
  13. Rondeau is a poem with 13 lines.
The best poem in Rondeau is the World War I poem, In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe!
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


bingskee said...

We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved,..

not only in Flanders field... we will soon utter the words. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hiya hiya! Informative huh?!? Nyahaha! :D I like the trivia about Mark Twain! Biruin mo yun?! :D
Krisha | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 8:18 am | #

Topolino?! hehe. that's funny. galing galing naman ng mga trivia! hehe!
pam | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 8:53 am | #

Yahoo I'm the 3rd to comment! 3's my lucky number
Angelo | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 9:17 am | #

naku ako i dont believe with such.. it's you who make it if lucky or not eh..
but my mom always believe in unlucky 13 ewan ko wierd.. hehe
Aisha | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 9:23 am |

Angelo said...

Great 13 facts for this Friday the 13th Tina. I learned a few cool things, you should join thursday 13 hehe... and that poem, I didn't realize it was a rondeau, I've heard it every Nov 11 since I was in kindergarten and have had to memorize it a couple of times... I always forget except for the first line. In Canada we wear poppies starting Nov 1 then we lay them down on the cenitaphs and tombs of the war dead on Nov 11, to honour their sacrifice....

Happy Friday the 13th!
Angelo | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 9:26 am |

Mikko said...

looks like an interesting post. only my head hurts, that I can't read it. haha.

im gonna read it tom.. hafta sleep early. haha. TC.
Mikko | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 9:42 am |

Enoc said...

ano nga ba ibig sabihin ng Elaramber? Na-curious tuloy ako.. hehe
enoc | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 10:01 am |

Anonymous said...

I love facts like those. They sort of tickle my brain. And yeah, I know #1. And the rest, well, they're new to me.
christian | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 10:43 am | #

what a trivia! so fun!... love reading it!
ara | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 11:42 am | #

Trivial pursuit!
Dominique | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 1:21 pm | #

huwaw! nice trivias.. di ko alam yun ah.. lalo na yung obvious Yensid.. hehe..
yAgi | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 2:09 pm | #

wula naman rin aku nakikiang msama sa friday the 13th pro kc yung mtatanda eh sbi daw bwal bumyahe pag friday the 13th san kea nila nakuha yun?? hehe wah yun pla ibig sbihin nung speaking of the devil hehehe ay yung satwinkle twinkle tsaka sa abc mgkapreho nga hihihi kakatuwa
len | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 5:16 pm |

UTOY said...

ok trivia ah...let's have a martini shot....!!!
U.T.O.Y | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 6:24 pm |

Ychel said...

galing tlaga ni tina! i love the trivias. dagdag kaalaman talaga!hehe..its right topolino here in italy is mickey mouse...kasi "topo" means mouse..hehe...

have a great weekend! take care mwahugs..
ychel | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 7:17 pm |

Culture Shiok said...

So how was your Friday the 13th?
Culture Shiok! | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 10:08 pm

Anonymous said...

so bakit nga ba Elaramber? I searched pa naman the Ela! Baka manalo ako ng trip to Kenya lol

I forgot it was Friday the 13th yesterday! Oh well, maybe because we don't..rather I never consider it a bad luck day. Isn't really any different to any other day and that the 13th day is just like 14th and 15th.
cat | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 10:53 pm | #

its our lucky number,13!!hahaha,kahit na friday the 13th pa,i consider it my lucky day

a learned lots of trivias here,keep them coming!
happy weekend,Tina!
ghee | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 11:16 pm | #

elaramber.. wow. cool word tina. liked it.!

yup. there's nothing to be afraid of friday the 13th. when i was a kid, people would often tell me not to take a bath during that day..uhuh i was wondering why. but when i grew up, i started not to believe them. hirap atang di maligo. :D
fingertalks | Homepage | 04.13.07 - 11:55 pm |

Anonymous said...

luckily wala naman nangyaring untowrd incident kahapon, yehey!!!! hope sayo rin. although di naman din talaga ako naniniwala sa friday the 13th.
iskoo | Homepage | 04.14.07 - 12:04 am | #

bopols ko talaga, alam mo ba na ngayon ko lang na realize na ang ABC at pareho ng tono ng Twinkle!!! alam ko kantahin pwero oo nga ano, pareho talaga sila ng tono.
cruise | Homepage | 04.14.07 - 12:09 am |

Mikko said...

woohoo! way cool trivias!!

okay, first of all, 13 is one of my favorite numbers.
because, I was section 13 during my First Year. And that section is one part of my life I'll never forget!

(Oh, and I'm not really dumb to be that far in section. There's no ranking in sections in our school. And the first Freshman section starts from Section 10 up to Section 15. There aren't 13+ sections, there were only 6)


Like that way cool trivia with the Halley's Comet,

Pope John Paul II, one of the idols of my life, was born when a solar eclipse took place.

During his funeral, a solar eclipse also took place. =]
Mikko | Homepage | 04.14.07 - 1:44 am | #

Gravatar Ooh, and if ever the calendar inserts a 13th month.. why don't we call it Mikko's Month, instead of the -ber stuff. HAHA.

November -- December -- Mikko's Month -- January

Mikko | Homepage | 04.14.07 - 1:47 am |

Anonymous said...

cool... pa-add. did you know that lipstick is made off fish scales. ahhihihi. link kita ha.
paolomendoza | Homepage | 04.14.07 - 2:32 am | #

My sister is happy about the number, she has the same bday as yours.

Anyway i had a really bad Friday the thirteenth,.. 354
Monmon | Homepage | 04.14.07 - 3:11 am | #

Yensid??? Haha bakit nmn kaya dun nila kinuha yun...........

and a 14 line poem is a sonnet
L.A | Homepage | 04.14.07 - 4:13 am |

Sidney said...

Fridays are hailed as a particularly significant day in the Christian tradition. Obviously, there is Good Friday, the day Jesus Christ was crucified. But according to Christian lore, Adam and Eve also supposedly ate the forbidden fruit on a Friday, the Great Flood started on a Friday, the builders of the Tower of Babel were tongue-tied on a Friday and the Temple of Solomon was destroyed on a Friday.

In addition to the legendary significance of Fridays, the sixth day of the week also was execution day in ancient Rome and later Hangman’s Day in Britain.

Both the Hindus and Vikings reportedly had a myth in which 12 gods were invited to a gathering and Loki, the god of mischief, crashed the party and incited a riot. Tradition in both cultures holds that 13 people at a dinner party is bad luck and will end in the death of the party-goers.
Following in that vein, the Last Supper in Christian tradition hosted 13 people and one betrayed Christ, resulting in the crucifixion.
The number 13 also has been associated with death in other cultures. The ancient Egyptians, for example, believed life unfolded in 12 stages, and the 13th stage was death.
Finally the number 13 may have an unlucky connotation because of its association with the lunar calendar (there are 13 lunar cycles in a year) and with femininity (women have 13 menstrual cycles in a year).
Sidney | Homepage | 04.14.07 - 5:41 am |

tina said...

haha.. friday the 13th being unlucky.. it's all in the mind.. nice infos..
joy | Homepage | 04.14.07 - 9:58 am | #

nice naman.. niresearch mo pa ata tlga ate ung facts niyan ahihihi.. friday the 13th scary!! hehehe.. pero sabi nila hindi tlga totoo yan hehehe.. gawa gawa lang. ingat ka ate.. mwah
nicole | Homepage | 04.14.07 - 2:47 pm | #

I never believed in the Friday the 13th. You could be sitting quietly in your living room thinking you're safe there, but then...wham...a hummer goes through your wall...and... Anyway, I love those trivia. Learned something from it. Keep it coming.
Mari | Homepage | 04.14.07 - 6:06 pm | #

Hindi ko rin napansin na friday the 13th nga pala kahapon. Di kasi kami nakalabas at sandstorm na naman.

happy weekend!
ann | Homepage | 04.15.07 - 12:31 am | #

naalala ko lang, kasi nung mga kids kami, we used to sing ABC, Twinkle twinkle at Baa baa black sheep ng sabay kasi pareho ng tono. hehe.

and i also taught my lil brother to sing abc backwards in that same tone. hahaha. :D

enjoyed your trivia. :D
mariel | Homepage | 04.15.07 - 1:11 am |

Anonymous said...

These are very interesting trivias ah. Dami kong di alam dun.
Ferdz | Homepage | 04.15.07 - 4:00 am | #

In Flanders Field....waaaaa....pinaalala mo sa akin ang lit 101 professor ko na masungit! :D
bea | Homepage | 04.16.07 - 8:53 am | #

nice trivias! ako minsan paranoid kapag friday the 13th hehe
jhenny | Homepage | 04.16.07 - 11:37 am | #

hahaha! kaw na jud tin!
bam | Homepage | 04.16.07 - 1:42 pm |

Liz said...

i love the blog layout. the info is very much welcome, especially that one about mark twain! anyway, please do visit me sometime. thanks!
liz | Homepage | 04.16.07 - 10:46 pm |