Tuesday, December 13th…

Okay…. At least it’s not Friday the 13th…and my birthday is a “13th”…

Those of us Old Enough…WimpyRemember the Popeye of our youth… Spinach…Yech! Give us Wimpy!

“I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a Hamburger today!”

This is probably the main line I remember from those Saturday morning cartoons, and I even had to go look it up to make sure I had it correct!.

It seems Wimpy was always looking for something today, and willing to pay for it next Tuesday. I’m not sure why Tuesday (unless it was a standard pay day), but his concept of satisfying the need today and paying for it down the road is probably how many of us learned to treat credit.

Tuesday is to most the Third Day of the week, unless you are using the ISO 8601 (ISO = International Organization for Standardization) then it’s the Second Day of the week. ISO 8601 applies to the representations and formats of dates in the Gregorian calendar, a 24-hour timekeeping system, and its time intervals.

So… This does not answer yet tell us where the word Tuesday comes from…

The English name is derived from Old English “Tiwesdæg” and Middle English “Tewesday,” meaning “Tīw’s Day”, the day of Tiw or Týr, the god of single combat, victory and heroic glory in Norse mythology. Tiw was equated with Mars in the interpretatio germanica, and the name of the day is a translation of Latin dies Martis. (Source)

So… Tuesday comes from English (Old and Middle) name of the god of heroic glory in Norse Mythology, Latin, and the Roman god Mars… And I often use a different pronunciation for this day: Tu Es Day. This may be closer to the original language than any of us know! Just wait until what tomorrow sounds like!

To wrap this up, many think the 13th of anything is unlucky. Since I was born on the 13th (different month), and my very first birthday celebration at 1 year old was on Friday the 13th (again in 1984 and 2012), I’ve grown up not concerned about the number. Why do people worry about the 13th? Here are some interesting reasons at this article.

I love to research where things come from, but it does not mean I will be a resident scholar and retain the knowledge. But I know it’s easy to locate. Just Google it!

Just like I enjoy researching what happened on this day/date in history.

  • 1577 – Five ships under the command of Sir Francis Drake left Plymouth, England, to embark on Drake’s circumnavigation of the globe. The journey took almost three years.
  • 1862 – In America, an estimated 11,000 Northern soldiers were killed or wounded when Union forces were defeated by Confederates under General Robert E. Lee, at the Battle of Fredericksburg.
  • 1913 – In the U.S., the Federal Reserve System was established.
  • 1918 – President Wilson makes first U.S. presidential trip to Europe
  • 1925 – Dick Van Dyke born, along with a host of other actors and music generators!
  • 1961 – Anna Mary Robertson Moses, “Grandma Moses,” passed away at the age of 101
  • 1978 – The Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony U.S. dollar. The coin began circulation the following July.
  • 1991 – “John Denver’s Montana Christmas Skies” special aired on CBS.
  • 2003 – Saddam Hussein captured

During the past 8 years on Facebook, I posted single thought, and no other blog posts… Hmmm…

  • 2014 – This is one thing I believe about Leaders, not only are they WILLING to learn, they ARE learning! “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” ~John F. Kennedy via Robert W. Martin

And a favored 12/13 scripture.

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.  (1 Corinthians 12:13 NKJV)


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