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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: June 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

BLACK CATS-MYTHS AND FACTS-PART II

In ancient times, Druids believed these cats were humans, reincarnated as cats as a punishment for evil deeds they'd committed in a past life.  In the Middle Ages, in Germany, it was believed that if a black cat jumped on the bed of a sick person, then the person would die.  In Finland, they were believed to carry the souls of the dead to the afterlife.  In 18th and 19th century England, fishermen's wives kept these cats because they believed this helped to keep their husbands safe at sea.  If one ran in front of a sailor as he walk up a pier, this would bring him good luck.  However, if ti crossed his path, it meant bad luck.  At this time, cats were carried on ships to keep rats and mice at bay.  If a black cat was thrown, or accidentally fell overboard, this was believed to bring bad luck in the form of a terrible storm.  Interestingly, in England, Scotland and Australia today, a black cat crossing your path is supposed to be lucky.  But if you live in Ireland, most of the rest of Europe, India or America it's meant to be bad luck!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

BLACK CATS-MYTHS AND FACTS-PART I




   Black cats have been the subject of much fear and superstition for centuries.  Depending on the part of the world you lived in, and the time in history in which you lived, they could be associated with evil, demons, illness, prosperity, luck....even a storm at sea.  Superstitions about these cats still remain, and unfortunately they sometimes become the objects of fear.
   The color black was ( and still is, to an extent) associated with mystery, darkness and evil.  Cats that were totally or mainly black were therefore often associated with witches.  As a result, many a poor woman was burnt at the stake or drowned in the local river in the Middle Ages in Britain, and her pet cat was often burned or drowned along with her.
   Some people believed these cats were demons, or a form of the devil, in disguise, so the woman who owned the cat must therefore be a witch.  Others believed that the cats aided witches in performing black magic.  Some thought they were actually witches in disguise, and even believed they could fly on a broom.
   In addition to the witch association, the black cat is the subject of many more curious beliefs, which are sometimes completely different depending which part of the world you're in.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I WAS GOING TO SING A LITTLE DIDDY, BUT I'LL GIVE YOU SOME HALLOWEEN FOLKLORE INSTEAD!!!!

  • The old Celtic custom was to light great bonfires on Halloween, and after there had burned out to make a circle of the ashes of each fire.  Within this circle, and near the circumference, each member of the various families that had helped to make a fire would place a pebble.  If, on the next day, any stone was displaced, or had been damaged, it was considered to be an indication that the one to whom the stone belonged would die within twelve months.
  • If you hear footsteps trailing close behind you on Halloween night, do not turn around to see who it is, for it may be Death himself.  To look Death in the eye, according to ancient folklore, is a sure way to hasten your own demise.
  • According t an old English folk belief, you will invite bad luck into your home if you allow a fire to burnout on Halloween.  To remedy the situation, the fire must be rekindled by a lighted sod brought from the home of a priest.
  • If a bat flies around a house three times, it is considered to be a death omen.
  • If you see a spider on Halloween, it could be the spirit of a dead loved one who is watching you.
  • Put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night to meet a witch.
  • In Britain, people believed that the Devil was a nut-gatherer.  At Halloween, nuts were used as magic charms.
  • Girls who carry a lamp to a spring of water on this night can see their future husband in the reflection.
  • Always burn new candles on Halloween to ensure the best of luck.  It is not a good idea to burn Halloween candles at any other time of the year.  It may bring bad luck or strange things will happen to you, over which you will have no control.
  • If a candle suddenly goes out by itself on Halloween, as though by breath or wind, it is believed that a ghost has come to call.
  • A burning candle inside a jack-o-lantern on Halloween keeps evil spirits and demons at bay.
  • It is believed that if a person lights a new orange colored candle at midnight on Halloween and lets it burn until sunrise, he or she will be the recipient of good luck.
  • To cast a headless shadow or no shadow at all is still believed by many folks in the United States and Europe to be an omen of death in the course of the next year.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

TOP TEN MAD SCIENTISTS!!

    Johann Konrad Dippel (1673-1734)Germany
  1. A fact that few know is that this alchemist and theologian of the seventeenth century, the inventor of one of the first synthetic dyes, he worked in the Castle Frankenstein, near Darmstadt, Germany, not clear whether the writer Mary Shelley was inspired by this character to create her famous novel.  The truth is that Dippel spent much of his life in search of an elixir of immortality, and ironically died in the attempt to drink a potion of his invention.
  2. Jack Parsons (1914-1952)United States
  3. Rocket propulsion researcher at one of the founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA was also a believer in the occult and black magic practitioner.  Part of the success of the space program of the United States is the work of this remarkable self-taught scientist. Friend of  the 'wizard',  English Alestes Crowley and L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Dianetics.  Parson's tragic death in a home lab cemented his legend.
  4. Oliver Heaviside (1850-1925)England
  5. It is known as one of the founders of modern theory of electrical circuits and vector analysis in electromagnetism, and his ideas are evident to this day.  He almost won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1912.  He replaced the furniture in his house with stones of granite, was obsessed with chickens running over his bike, documenting what he ate, so he left detailed accounts in his diaries, he could make bowls and glasses of milk for days, suffering termofilia, fear of not being well covered for the cold.  But the most bizarre was that he kept his sister Marry Way  as his maid for 7 or 8 years, in a state of virtual slavery.
  6. Blondlot Rene (1849-1930)France
  7. Although a respected scientist in his day, especially for his work with electromagnetism, is remembered for having 'discovered' the N-rays, "a new form of radiation that could never be proven and suspected it was a hallucination of his.
  8. Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) Hungarian-US
  9. Perhaps one of the most important inventors in history for his contribution in the development of the electricity industry (to him we owe the first practical use of the AC).  The list of inventions (such as AC power generator, the induction motor, etc.).  And ideas generated in life contrasts diametrically with his eccentricities.  He never had a permanent home, as he preferred to live in hotel rooms where his demands were quite peculiar: he had a strange case of trifilia, a marked obsession that made him as daily for towels, pates or silverware in multiples of three.  He left his hotel 3 times daily to go around the block and counted his steps, and always chose hotel room 207.  He also washed his hands all the time, and had a terrible phobia of germs, and also developed an irrational fear of round objects.  In addition, he experienced visual and auditory hallucinations.  He came to regard pigeons as his only friends.
  10. Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) Germany
  11. A disciple of Freud and one of the reformers of psychoanalysis, his figure and work are still controversial.  Although the creator of many theories in the field of psychology, he is remembered, perhaps unfairly, for creating the concept of orgone, a kind of vital energy that could be stored in a device he invented.  This led him to prison by order of the Food and Drug Administration of the United States, who considered him mentally unstable. And ordered the burning of many of his books on the subject.  He died in prison.  Out of this incident, many of his ideas have influenced other creative minds.
  12. Theodore Kaczynski (born 1942)United States
  13. With an IQ of 170, this brilliant mathematician specializing in geometric function, a graduate of Harvard.  Considered a young genius, he had rather peculiar habits.  He suffered a pathological shyness and hated human contact.  At a level of living in isolation in a cabin in the word of Montana.  He began a campaign of terrorism by the nickname of  "Unabomber.  He had the authorities on his trail for nearly twenty years.
  14. Jacques Beveniste (1935-2004)France
  15. His brilliant career in biology broke down when he published an article establishing the existence of certain elements in the water was suggested that it was biologically "active.  His experiments claimed that water was the "memory of substances that had been dissolved in it.  He was declared a fraud by the scientific community.
  16. Bruce Edwards Ivins (1946-2008)United States
  17. This American microbiologist worked at the Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.  In a 2001 bioterrorist attack with anthrax spores, he was one of the main suspects.  Ivins committed suicide a few days before the FBI could file charges against him, so his apparent involvement in the events will remain a mystery.
  18. Trofim Lysenko (1898-1976)Ukraine
  19. Under the regime of Stalin, this character led the agricultural science in the former Soviet Union.  He claims the concept of Lysenkoism, a campaign against the genetic theory that was maintained for thirty years, arguing that this was contrary to the Marxist concepts and calling it a "bourgeois science". this model is currently interpreted as submission of science to the political interests of the state.