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Put that 4-leaf clover down, Nancy. Drop that lucky penny, Barney. It's time to face your fears and join the HOLLYWOOD FRIDAY THE 13TH club for another frighteningly good time laughing at this paradox we call superstition.

OFFICIAL CLUB R.S.V.P.

Greetings my lucky friend,
You have been sent to this page because you received an email invitation to
join the
HOLLYWOOD FRIDAY THE 13TH CLUB
for a night of careless luck bashing and shameless superstition debauchery.
Yes, it's that time of the 13th again, time for the

HOLLYWOOD FRIDAY 13th CLUB UNLUCKY DUTCH TREAT DINNER
... and you, you 'lucky' person you, have been hand selected for this special invitation to join us on MARCH 13TH, 2009
for another special club dinner and meeting. You won't wont regret it.
Besides, If you miss this Friday The 13th club meeting, you'll have MEGA bad luck until the next Friday The 13th, so you may as well plan to join us.
There's even a rare but unlucky skull ring with your name on it this year.


THE EVENT:
Official Dinner followed by the Club Rituals, the Club Games and the eating of the Black Cake.
We will receive chain letters (then tear them up), open umbrellas in doors.
limbo under ladders, break mirrors, spill salt, curse leprechauns, and
crap on many other taboo superstitions.
It's what we do.

Everyone attending MUST be a participant in the anti-superstitious activities, if any of these events make you uncomfortable, DO NOT attend!!!
NO Exceptions!!!!

PLAN TO BRING AN UMBRELLA - 1 PER PERSON FOR THE RITUALS

THE DUES:
This year we have made it easier on people by cutting the fat out of the club dues,
this Club Dinner will only be $20 ALL INCLUSIVE with the exception of drinks!
Yep, a crisp Jackson gets you a full Club Dinner,
Club Raffle

(some REAL GOOD shit this year including a $100 pure silver hand forged skull ring with Sapphire eyes and a 10 ct yellow African Opal - because it's always bad luck to receive an opal if it is not your Birthday! and much much more...)
Club Games (with rare cursed stamps and coins as prizes)
Club GOODIE BAG (Everyone this year will receive the usual cool crap as well as a rare original skull ring from the premier of the 90's movie THE PHANTOM which opened
and died on a Friday the 13th - value $10, that's like getting to eat for free!)

The special Club Black Cake will round-out the evenings festivities, a crowd favorite AND a tradition!
Men, be sure to wear your shirt inside out and Ladies, wear your unlucky Opals.

THE PLACE:
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DINNER 8:00 SHARP!
Remember, according to superstition the 13th person to sit down at a dinner table
will get a very large dose of bad luck and may even die within the year.......

so be prompt!

PLEASE RSVP BY MONDAY AT MIDNIGHT THE 9TH OF MARCH
we need to keep a FIRM 13 head count !!!!!
Step on a crack and we'll see you there, and don't forget
to bring your favorite 'good luck charm / clothing' ......

-If you KNOW you won't be able to make it, please respond as well-


Remember - this event is ONLY held on FRIDAY THE 13TH -
So get your superstitious kicks in now!

NO pets, NO children, NO spectators, No triskaidekaphobias. NO exceptions
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REMEMBER TO RSVP with who will be attending this year ASAP

PLEASE BRING AN UMBRELLA - 1 PER PERSON FOR THE RITUALS
and remember to bring your $20 cash or check to the event, we think you'll have a damn good time getting damned....

SO PLAN ON GETTING GOOD AND GREASED UP TO
WRESTLE WITH YOUR SUPERSTITIOUS DEMONS!

ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, PLEASE EMAIL KALYNN (KEEPER OF THE CLUB) AT:
theswami@mysticswami.com

To keep the fees down, we had to eliminate the T-shirt from the goodie bags, but they can still be purchased here:
THIS YEAR'S OFFICIAL LOGO T-SHIRT & GOODS:
http://www.cafepress.com/kcampbell/4879279

 

MAP TO THE RESTAURANT:

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF
Friday the 13th

By CLAIRE SUDDATH Friday, Feb. 13, 2009

Face it, you're screwed. Today is Friday the 13th — the unluckiest day on the calendar — so try not to crash your car, fall down a flight of stairs, set yourself on fire, or do anything else that might compromise your well-being. And for God's sake, stay away from men in hockey masks.

The number 13 has been unlucky for centuries. Some historians peg the superstition to the thirteen people who attended the Last Supper (neither Jesus nor Judas came out of that one OK), but ancient Babylon's Code of Hammurabi omits the number 13 in its list of laws, so the superstition dates back to at least 1700 BC. Thirteen is so unlucky, in fact, that in 1881 an organization called The Thirteen Club attempted to improve the number's bad reputation. At the first meeting, the members (all 13 of them) walked under ladders to enter a room covered with spilled salt. The club lasted for many years and grew to over 400 members, including five U.S. presidents: Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Despite the club's efforts, triskaidekaphobia (that's fear of the number 13) flourished; even today, most tall buildings don't have a 13th floor.

The number's association with Friday, however, didn't take hold until the 20th century. In 1907, eccentric Boston stockbroker Thomas Lawson published a book called Friday the Thirteenth, which told of an evil businessman's attempt to crash the stock market on the unluckiest day of the month. Thanks to an extensive ad campaign, the book sold well: nearly 28,000 copies within the first week. In 1916, the book was turned into a feature-length silent film.

Wall Street's superstitions about Friday the 13th continued through 1925, when the New York Times noted that people "would no more buy or sell a share of stock today than they would walk under a ladder or kick a black cat out of their path." Some stock traders also blamed Black Monday — Oct. 19, 1987 — on the fact that three Fridays fell on the thirteenth that year. The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute estimates that $700-$800 million dollars are lost every Friday the 13th due to people's refusal to travel, purchase major items, or conduct business.

Then came Jason. In 1980, Paramount Pictures released Friday the 13th (tagline: "Fridays will never be the same again"), a slasher flick about a series of murders at a summer camp. Apparently Jason, born on Friday the 13th, chooses that date to take revenge on oversexed campers much like the ones who allowed him to drown in Crystal Lake. So much for trust falls and lanyard making.

Friday the 13th grossed almost $40 million at the box office and inspired a long-running franchise: Friday the 13th Part II; Friday the 13th Part III; Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (it was not); Friday the 13th: Jason Lives; Friday the 13th: The New Blood; Friday the 13th: Jason Takes Manhattan (he left the summer camp?); Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday; Jason X; and 2003's Freddy vs. Jason. Maybe the number 13 isn't so bad afterall.
Friday the 13th Myths:

• If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, someone in your family will die.
• A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life.
• If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you will be the next to die.

Friday the 13th Anecdotes:

•In 1913, a New York pastor tried to assuage couples' fears by offering to marry them for free on Friday the 13th.
• In 1939, a small town in Indiana forced all black cats to wear bells on Friday, October 13th. When the measure seemed to work (nothing bad happened, at any rate) the town continued the practice for the next three years.
•At the time, October 13, 1989 was the second largest Dow drop in history. Nicknamed the "Friday the 13th mini-crash," these days it's not even in the top 10. That might be the scariest fact of all.

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1879288,00.html

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