Site ColumnsBy Amy
October 13, 2000 - 12:07 PM
Well, welcome to Friday the 13th. How's your day been thus far? No black cats, mysterious accidents... no? Well, mine's been pretty good, if you can overlook this morning's dental appointment... Kids, having 8 fillings isn't pleasant. For a start, it means four trips to the dentist and the horror of discovering that you've gone from having a perfect set of chompers to top-and-bottom molars which need some serious damage prevention. I've never been afraid of the dentist, but now I'm beginning to see why some people are - there's something strangely disturbing about lying completely vulnerable while two people fiddle around in your mouth. Another big down-side at the moment is that I've had to stop consuming my favorite beverage, Coca-cola and switch to the diet version. Not nice. But even the diet version runs risks - you see (and this is dredging up some old chemistry lessons - but you should all know this anyway), the little bubbles of CO2 they put in soda actually interact with the water in the beverage to form a weak acid, CHOOH- or something. That's why if you put a coin in coke, it's clean by the next morning - if a bit sticky. Just think of what that does to tooth enamel.
Well, now I've bored you with that, it's time for a little history lesson and trivia session, but at least it will be related to Friday the 13th. It's a full moon tonight - the last time we had both a full moon and a Friday the 13th was in 1998, 1997, 1984 and 1970. The Apollo 13 Mission, which, as we all know, didn't exactly goes as planned, was launched at 1313 local time on 11/4/70 (or 4/11/1970 for Americans) and 11+4+70 = 85, 8+5 =13. 13 people gathered at the Last Supper, thus creating the Christian myth that the number was cursed. Jack the Ripper, do John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer and Theodore Bundy all have 13 letters. I got some of these from my local rag, the West Australian, and am wondering if anyone has any more...
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Today On TV
-In Canada, Space! will be showing Voyager's 'Flashback' at 4am, TOS's 'The Omega Glory ' at 10am (repeated at 4pm), TNG's 'Too Short a Season' at 12pm, DS9's 'Tribunal' at 5pm and Voy's 'BasicsPart I' at 10pm
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