The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Columns

October 12, 2006

Mike Pound: Friday the 13th is on a Friday this month

By Mike Pound

Globe columnist

Friday the 13th is on Friday this month

Is it bad luck to mention that today is Friday the 13th?

I'm going with no. I mean, if it is, why do people do it all the time? Walt Kelly, in his classic comic strip "Pogo," used to do it all the time. Of course, Kelly's dead now, so there is that. But it's pretty hard to say that Kelly died because he mentioned Friday the 13th a lot. It's just as likely that Kelly died because he was human, but I don't know.

Actually, as "Pogo" readers know, Kelly really didn't mention Friday the 13th. What he did was mark the arrival of the 13th of just about every month, regardless of the day of the week it fell on. Say the 13th would fall on a Tuesday. In his strip, Kelly would have one of his characters note that "Friday the 13th is on Tuesday this month," which always used to make me laugh.

It still does.

Speaking of things that always make me laugh, the late great George Gobel still makes me laugh. My favorite George Gobel line (and I've mentioned this one before) is one he used on the "Tonight Show." George was talking to Johnny Carson about his uncle's reputation as a drinker. This is what George said: "My uncle was the town drunk ... and we lived in Chicago."

Now, that's funny.

So I'm guessing that if Walt Kelly was still drawing "Pogo," he would have one of his characters say today that "Friday the 13th is on Friday this month."

Now, as far as Friday the 13th being a day rife (it's a word; I looked it up) with bad luck, I don't know. I mean, I usually don't need it to be Friday the 13th for bad things to happen to me.

Text Only
Columns
House Ads
AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Business Marquee
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Facebook
The Joplin Globe on Facebook
Poll

Given that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that electronic devices and communications are protected from searches and seizure without a warrant, do you think Missouri needs Amendment 9 added to its constitution?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Stocks
Featured Comment