On December 13, 1940 — a Friday, no less — LIFE magazine attended a gathering spread across 13 tables in Room 13 of the Merchants & Manufacturers Club of Chicago. (Yes, each table sat 13 people).
The result? The odd and endearing article, “Life Goes to a Friday-the-13th Party,” published a few weeks later in the magazine. Now, in light of January 2012’s very own Friday the 13th, LIFE.com resurrects that feature, and celebrates some old-school businessmen unafraid to step on a crack.
Pictured: Members exit the bash by walking under a ladder. Despite so thoroughly thumbing their noses at bad luck, LIFE noted that the membership not only woke up the next day, but did so “without hangovers.”
(see more — Chicago’s Anti-Superstition Society, 1940)
CNET: “Along with the new player, Vimeo quietly rolled out a new feature called ‘Watch Later’ that allows users to bookmark videos to watch at a later date. This differs from the service’s like button, which would share your video preferences with other users, and instead keeps bookmarked videos in a private playlist.”
Behold! What the Stop SOPA blackout managed to accomplish in 24 hours.
High five, internet.
As part of the 7 Day Countdown to a world of 7 billion people, we’re dedicating each day this week to a specific key topic relating to the 7 Billion Actions campaign.
Wednesday’s topic is Reproductive Health and Rights: The Facts of Life and we’ll be kicking it off with a virtual Facebook conversation with experts from the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. This unit is in charge of preparing the official UN population projections that provide the basis for estimating the day when the world will welcome its 7 billionth citizen.
“You can browse through and watch all your existing videos and even download them to your camera roll or upload videos you’ve shot using the phone. The obvious social sharing features are also included.”
We would consider ourselves remiss if we didn’t share this exquisite image with you, and so therefore; we share this exquisite image with you: Sixteen varieties of Gooseberry as found in Pomona Britannica (aka - A Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits) in NYPL’s Rare Book Division.
Can’t you just see this sweet image decorating your walls at home? We can! And if you’d like to make that a reality, just visit the digital gallery and order your own print!
Did you know? Today marks 88 years since the very first Winter Olympics.
Here’s a flashback to a classic 1960 LIFE photo essay — The 1960 games were notable on a number of levels. It was the first time an “Olympic Village” was built to house the athletes (largely because the location was so remote and undeveloped that there was little there before the games; Squaw Valley remains the smallest place in the world to ever host an Olympics). The U.S. men’s hockey team won gold over powerhouse Canadian, Russian, Sweden, and Czechoslovakian squads. And none other than Walt Disney was the games’ “Head of Pageantry.”
(see more — Winter Olympics 1960)