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  • As you know, today is Friday the 13th. It's an arbitrary distinction, except that we humans have assigned a lot of importance to it. In fact, the Stress Management Center/Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, says that 17 million to 21 million Americans have a fear of Friday falling on the 13th so severe that it can be considered a phobia (if you are afflicted, call yourself a paraskevidekatriaphobe). But where did it start? Why is this date so associated with doom and gloom?

    It has to do with a combination of reputations — of Friday itself and of the number 13. The view of 13 being an unlucky number is surprisingly widespread, around the world. Thanks to Judas, the last to arrive at the Last Supper, having 13 guests at a dinner table is considered bad luck. To the Norse Vikings, as well, having 13 guests is a no-no. Loki was the 13th guest at a banquet, where he killed the hero Balder. Hindus also consider 13 to be an unwanted numeral. This association with the number doesn't

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  • Much like trying to notice the imperceptible movement of an analog clock's hands, it's next to impossible to notice the signs of aging in the short term. Humans age in invisible ways every second, but the effects can take months or years to register on a person's face or body. Anthony Cerniello, a filmmaker who has worked on music videos for bands like Arcade Fire and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a host of MTV documentary series, as well as commercials for the San Diego Zoo and Ugg, wanted to examine the aging process and decided to do so with a short film.

    In "Danielle," a stunning time-lapse video starring his friend, we see a young girl age into an older woman over the course of five minutes. Instead of using the most common method of making a time-lapse video, Cerniello developed a unique process in order to create his film. He joined his friend at a family reunion and took photos of her female relatives. He then compared the photos to photos of his friend and looked for similarities in bone

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  • William Shakespeare once asked, "What's in a name?" To him, it was not much. But to Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele, the importance of her name was its link to a treasured past. For 20 years now, she has carried two forms of ID: a driver's license from Hawaii that displays a truncated version of her surname, dropping the 35th letter of it, while leaving out her first and middle name; and a Hawaii state identification card, which she arranged with the governor's office to fit her entire name. But when her special state ID card expired in May, she received a new one that was similar to her driver's license, eschewing her first and middle names and part of her last.

    She told KHON2 News that the truncation has caused confusion during police stops and other situations involving public officials. Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele has been told by the county to shorten her last name, or even change it back to her maiden name, a task that thewoman is staunchly

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  • In the past we have told you about dads who have constructed awesome playrooms for their kids, like the flight simulator cockpit and the spaceship room. Well, now a grandfather is getting in on the action. Rusty Combs from Oldham County, Kentucky, built a log cabin for his 20-month-old granddaughter, Kiley. Here's the cool and, well, crazy part about it — it's situated 50 feet in the air atop an old corn silo. Getting to what Combs calls Kiley's Clubhouse is not for the faint of heart. You need to climb four 8-foot ladders that lead you to the two-room cabin.

    Combs's idea for the playhouse has been years in the making. He originally wanted to build it for his sons but never got around to it. When he decided to create it for Kiley, after two years of building, he had to enlist a crane to lift the cabin up to the top of the silo. And if you are wondering if this is even safe, Combs says safety was key. He had to get a building permit, and a structural architect had to approve the design.

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  • Goldfish crackers are "the snack that smiles back," according to the advertising. It is indeed hard not to like eating the little guys by the tens or even hundreds (like I do). But you may smile for a whole new reason thanks to the delightful high jinks and dexterity featured in a new Vine video. The vine is called "Fun on the Treadmill" and is exactly that. In it, a young man tries out some new ways of cramming the golden crackers into his mouth.

    Vine user Savannah has gotten a lot of attention from the Vine community for herPac-Man-like friend. The vine originally gained notice on Reddit'sGIFs forum, where a user even made an infinite GIF of the man's antics. The vine itself has received more than 187,000 likes and 200,000 revines. It has even had a bunch of copycat Goldfish fans who wanted to try their hand at it, mostly ending in disappointment. So keep in mind, don't try this at home unless you are a professional.


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