Friday, August 08, 2008

Unlucky Fish?

I got more than few emails and one or two comments asking what on earth I was talking about with the previous post on "unlucky fish." So here's a closer look:

200808082105.jpg

Does that help? Like I said, not photoshopped (apart from the red ring and the "look here" of course) or edited in any way.

5 comments:

  1. Max W.11:31 am

    Huh? How come your gestalt is different to my gestalt?

    ReplyDelete
  2. maybe you have a thing for fish tails?

    figure versus background, background versus figure ... wood for the trees?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Anonymous12:14 pm

    from wikipedia

    Thirteen is regarded as an unlucky number. Fear of the number 13 is termed triskaidekaphobia. The thirteenth of a month is likewise ominous, particularly when it falls on a Friday in some English-speaking cultures, Sweden, Russia, Poland, Belgium and Germany (see Friday the 13th) or a Tuesday in the Greek and Spanish-speaking world. Thirteen may be considered a "bad" or "unlucky" number simply because when a group of 13 objects or people is divided into two, three, four or six equal groups, there is always one leftover, or "unlucky", object or person. According to another interpretation, the number 13 is unlucky because it is the number of full moons in a contemporary year, but two full moons in a single calendar month (mistakenly referred to as a blue moon in a magazine article of the 1940s) only happens about every 5 years.

    Early nursery rhymes stated there were thirteen months in a year because of the natural moon cycle that was used to count the lunar year. In England, a calendar of thirteen months of 28 days each, plus one extra day, known as "a year and a day" was still in use up to Tudor times.

    It was suggested by Charles A. Platt writing in 1925 that the reason 13 is considered unlucky is that a person can count from 1–12 with their 8 fingers, two thumbs and 2 feet, but not beyond that, so the number 13 is unknown, hence frightening, hence unlucky.[1] This idea discounts the use of toes or other body parts in counting.

    Another hypothesis about the origin of Friday the 13th as an unlucky day is attributed to this being the day that the Knights Templar were slaughtered in a collaboration between King Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V finishing with the burning at the stake of Jacques De Molay.

    The legion with which Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon was the Legio XIII Gemina or the 13th legion.

    13 is the 6th prime number. 6 is sometimes considered an unlucky number due to its association with 666.


    how's your gestalt now?

    ReplyDelete
  4. Anonymous3:29 pm

    Must be quiet in E-Gov land?

    ReplyDelete
  5. Anonymous10:57 pm

    I'm getting bored looking at this dumb fish. How about posting a gratuitous photograph and story of Sir David Frost to cheer us up?

    ReplyDelete