Friday the 13th & the United States / Open Lines

Hosted byIan Punnett

Friday the 13th & the United States / Open Lines

About the show

Mark Anthony, the "Psychic Lawyer," is a psychic medium who specializes in communication with spirits. He says that even in the afterlife, spirits remember overcoming great trials, and cycles of history, and come out stronger and with greater insights. Anthony joined host Ian Punnett (Twitter) to discuss luck, the significance of Friday the 13th, and how the number 13 shaped the U.S. Constitution.

Anthony elaborated on the historical origins of the superstition associated with Friday the 13th, tracing it back to the persecution of the Knights Templar in the 14th century. "In 1307 on October 13th, the Knights Templar were arrested," he said. This event led to widespread torture and persecution of the Templars, illustrating how Friday the 13th became a cursed day. Anthony linked this historical context to the perception of 13 as an unlucky number, explaining, "13 has been looked at as a negative number." He emphasized the enduring impact of the Templar persecution, noting it may have ultimately contributed the U.S. Constitution.

Anthony delved into the influence of Freemasonry, positing the Knights Templar evolved into Freemasons. He supported this claim by mentioning, "in Scotland, because they were intellectuals and highly skilled craftsmen, they became stone masons." Anthony underscored the connection between the Freemasons and the Founding Fathers of the United States, asserting "13 of them [signers of the US Constitution] were Freemasons." He explained how the principles of the U.S. Constitution were shaped by the influence of the Templars and the Freemasons, pointing out the inclusion of rights against self-incrimination, the right to counsel, and the prohibition of cruel punishment, suggesting, "the torture and the suffering endured by the Knights Templar was not in vain."

In addition, Anthony highlighted the intentional limitations on the number of colonies to align with the number 13, stating, "13 Freemasons signed the Constitution for the 13 original colonies." He implied a deliberate connection, suggesting the choice of having 13 colonies was meaningful and symbolic in the founding of the United States. Anthony commended the framers of the Constitution, acknowledging they were radical in their approach, deviating from the norms of their time. "They did a radical departure from the norms," he said, noting the significance of the separation of church and state in shaping the United States as a nation.


Open Lines followed in the latter half of the program. Leonard in North Carolina phoned in to discuss the recent $1.7 billion Powerball lottery, noting the large jackpots often have only one winner, usually from California, Michigan, or Florida. He expressed curiosity about why so few people win despite the enormous number of participants and wondered whether it is statistically anomalous. Leonard questioned whether there is a pattern among the numbers chosen by winners that results in only one person matching them, emphasizing a surprising scarcity of multiple winners given the vast player base.

Rosa from California told Ian the day associated with bad luck in Mexico is Tuesday the 13th. She also suggested that much of the Constitution was inspired by the Bible, with a focus on the concept of due process. Ian pointed out that the Founding Fathers, although not highly religious, were influenced by deism. Rosa posed a question about fate and destiny, to which Ian responded by distinguishing between the two concepts, emphasizing destiny involves shaping one's life rather than it being predetermined. Perception and learning from mistakes play crucial roles in shaping one's destiny, he explained.

Louis in Phoenix called in to inquire about the Tupac Shakur case and mentioned rapper P. Diddy (Sean Combs) in relation to it. Ian speculated about some facts surrounding the case, specifically the East Coast-West Coast rivalry. He mentioned that while there have been claims of P. Diddy's involvement, he doesn't personally believe it to be true. Louis brought up the conspiracy theories surrounding Tupac's alleged survival, noting recent developments might challenge those theories.

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