Stop Superstition! The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center

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of superstitious behaviors
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the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment
Nurse!

Margaret Downey, Your Nurse!Margaret Downey has been a critical thinker from early childhood.
Seeking rational explanations of how things work began
at age four when she tore off the head of her “talking”
doll to find out how the sound “Mama”
was made. The discovery of the “crier”
mechanism encouraged Downey to continue seeking knowledge
and exposing claims of the supernatural.

It is never too early to teach and advocate critical
thinking, and Downey enjoys answering tough questions
from children as they seek to understand the world
around them. The hope for further scientific advances
lies in the younger generations.

Margaret Downey is not afraid to conduct a television
interview sitting under a ladder. In 2002, talk-show
host Wally Kennedy of WPVI’s, AM Philadelphia
labeled Downey “The least superstitious person
in the nation.”

Ms. Downey collects information about superstitions
from all over the world. She is an interesting guest
for television, radio, and schools.

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is She?
What Does She
do?
Fun Facts

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Do I Contact Her?

Save The Date for FSGP's Anti-Superstition Bash 2008!!

 The Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia's
Anti-Superstition Bash 2008!
"Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center"

Friday, June 13, 2008
8:00 PM to Midnight
Radisson Warwick Plaza Hotel

1701 Locust St., Philadelphia

General Admission: $10
Children 13 and under: Free

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

If possible, please RSVP to fsgp@freethought.org so we have an idea of expected attendance.

For more information, contact:
Sally Cramer, President
610-430-7719
fsgp@freethought.org

Email us for information about reduced rate reservations on the 13th.

 

We hope to see you there!!

 



 

 

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What is Friggatriskaidekaphobia, and why people should be cured?
Frigga-triska-ideka-phobia is an unreasonable fear of Friday theThirteenth.
For Friggatriskaidekaphobes, Friday theThirteenth is an anxiety-filled day. Friggatriskaidekaphobes can’t help but wonder what the "dark" day will have in store for them.
In 2006, Friday the thirteenth occurs twice: January and October.
Astrology, belief in alien abductions, and belief that so-called “Fortune Tellers” can foretell the future are all evidence that superstition is still a powerful force in America. The billion-dollar-a-year loss and its economic impact on plane and train reservation cancellations, absenteeism, and reduced commerce on Friday theThirteenth suggests that the influence of superstition is far from harmless. Indeed, the personal anxiety and inconvenience of these ancient superstitions can ruin any Friday the Thirteenth for millions of Americans.
At the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center, the Treatment Nurse will thoughtfully guide Friggatriskaidekaphobes through an obstacle course that includes walking under a ladder, stepping on a crack, trashing zodiac signs, throwing darts at photographs, dancing inside with an open umbrella, and breaking a mirror.
You will find clever games, costumed hosts, exhibits of silly superstitions, anti-superstition music and free educational literature at Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Centers, hosted by the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia and/or the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse.
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Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center
P. O. Box 242
Pocopson, Pa 19366

Phone: (610) 793-2737
Fax: (610) 793-2569

Cell: (610) 357-9432

Email:
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Webmaster:
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People
who have attained things worth having in this world
have worked while others have idled, have persevered
while others gave up in despair, and have practiced
early in life the valuable habits of self-denial,
industry, and singleness of purpose. As a result,
they enjoy in later life the success often erroneously
attributed to good luck. —Grenville Kleiser
Luck
can often mean simple taking advantage of a situation
at the right moment, It is possible to ''make'' your
luck by being always prepared. —Michael Korda

Good luck is the willing handmaid of a upright and
energetic character, and conscientious observance
of duty.— James Russell Lowell

The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.
— Douglas Macarthur

What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities,
of having a patient but restless mind, of sacrificing
one's ease or vanity, or uniting a love of detail
to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely
and cheerfully.— Victor Cherbuliez

The only good luck many great men ever had was being
born with the ability and determination to overcome
bad luck.— Channing Pollock

Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only
with the ability to think under pressure. —Babe
Didrikson Zaharias

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the
luckier you get. — Ray Kroc

Diligence is the mother of good luck. — Benjamin
Franklin
What
we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make
things happen to us. — Robertson
DaviesLuck
is being ready for the chance. — J.
Frank Doble
I
think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity
and the ability to take advantage of it. The man who
can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets
on. — Samuel
Goldwyn

It
is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your
luck even while waiting for it. — Baltasar
Gracian
The
luck of having talent is not enough; one must also
have a talent for luck. — Paul
Hawken
What
is luck? It is not only chance, it is also creating
the opportunity, recognizing it when it is there,
and taking it when it comes. — Natasha Josefowitz

Nothing happens by chance, my friend... No such thing
as luck. A meaning behind every little thing, and
such a meaning behind this. Part for you, part for
me, may not see it all real clear right now, but we
will, before long.— Richard Bach

You
make your own luck. Luck is the residue of design.
— Larry King
I've
found that luck is quite predictable. If you want
more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show
up more often.— Brian Tracy

When I thought I couldn't go on, I forced myself to
keep going. My success is based on persistence, not
luck. —
Norman Lear

When I work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week,
I get lucky. — Dr. Armand Hammer

Men of action are favored by the Goddess of luck.
— George S. Clason

All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who
persists through the bad luck - who keeps right on
going - is the man who is there when the good luck
comes - and is ready to receive it. — Robert
Collier

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.
— Harry Golden

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in
cause and effect. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Luck is when opportunity knocks and you answer. —
Unknown Author

It's hard to detect good luck - it looks so much like
something you've earned. — Frank A. Clark

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself.
It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or
chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.
— Orison Swett Marden
There
is no such thing as luck. It's a fancy name for being
always at our duty, and so sure to be ready when good
time comes. —
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

You
don't just luck into things as much as you would like
to think you do. You build step by step, whether it
is friendships or opportunities. —
Barbara Bush

Your luck is how you treat people. —Unknown
author

Luck has a peculiar habit of favoring those who don't
depend on it. —Unknown author

I wasn't lucky. I deserved it. — Margaret
Thatcher

Luck
is believing you're lucky.— Tennessee
Williams
Being
deeply learned and skilled, being well trained and
using well spoken words; This is good luck. —
Buddha
Luck
is tenacity of purpose. — Elbert
Hubbard
The
day you decide to do it is your lucky day. —
Japanese
Proverb

There
is no one luckier than he who thinks himself so. —
German
Proverb
The
harder I work, the luckier I get. — Unknown
Author
The
only sure thing about luck is that it will change.
— Bret
Harte
Luck
is the idol of the idle. — Proverb-unknown
location

When
it comes to luck, you make your own. — Bruce
Springsteen
Some
luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted
but getting what you have, which once you have got
it you may be smart enough to see is what you would
have wanted had you known. — Garrison
Keillor

Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember
it didn't work for the rabbit. —
R. E. Shay

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.
— Oprah Winfrey

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
— Seneca
Luck
is not something you can mention in the presence of
self-made men. — E. B. White

I'm
a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work,
the more I have of it. — Thomas Jefferson
Luck?
I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked
on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me
is something else: Hard work — and realizing
what is opportunity and what isn't. — Lucille
Ball
 

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Karen Stollznow recalls the Nurse from TAM 2005.

Margaret Downey founded the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia and the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center.  Margaret AKA the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Nurse (RN...for Rational Notable) provides treatment for the superstitious and there’s good news – it’s a curable disease! Employing skeptical cognitive behavioural therapy, the Nurse challenges the credulous to confront their superstitions and immerse themselves in the irrational. Her patients learn to limbo under ladders, to dance with open umbrellas indoors, and to stab voodoo dolls and smash mirrors! Of course, this operation is a non-prophet organisation. Interestingly, Downey has had the most media success in her ventures by defining superstitions as discriminatory, e.g., labelling black cats as bad luck is negative stereotyping.

- Karen Stollznow

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About
the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment
Nurse!

Margaret Downey, Your Nurse!Margaret
Downey has been a critical thinker from early childhood.
Seeking rational explanations of how things work began
at age four when she tore off the head of her “talking”
doll to find out how the sound “Mama”
was made. The discovery of the “crier”
mechanism encouraged Downey to continue seeking knowledge
and exposing claims of the supernatural.

It is never too early to teach and advocate critical
thinking, and Downey enjoys answering tough questions
from children as they seek to understand the world
around them. The hope for further scientific advances
lies in the younger generations.

Margaret Downey is not afraid to conduct a television
interview sitting under a ladder. In 2002, talk-show
host Wally Kennedy of WPVI’s, AM Philadelphia
labeled Downey “The least superstitious person
in the nation.”

Ms. Downey collects information about superstitions
from all over the world. She is an interesting guest
for television, radio, and schools.

Who
is She?
What Does She
do?
Fun Facts

How Do I Hire Her?How
Do I Contact Her?