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Colgate University loves Friday the 13th

Jenna Johnson

Happy Friday the 13th -- and Happy Colgate Day!

While the superstitious among us are staying in today, Colgate University in Hamilton, NY., is celebrating its favorite number, 13.

The university was founded in 1819 by 13 men with 13 dollars and 13 prayers, so the superstitious number has special meaning on campus, according to a university press release. And every Friday the 13th is declared "Colgate Day."

This year Colgatians are celebrating the special day by sending 13 campus members, including President Jeffrey Herbst, to ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange at 4 p.m. On campus, there will be an ice cream social and special promotions in the bookstore. And alums plan to gather in several major cities to celebrate.

(Also, I can't write a blog post about the number 13, without mentioning that it's Taylor Swift's absolute favorite number ever.)

The university's Facebook page is filled with "Happy Colgate Day" wishes, and the university will be re-tweeting Colgate-Day-related messages through its Twitter account, @colgateunvrsty. (And special thanks to @colgateunvrsty for letting me know about Colgate Day this morning!)

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By Jenna Johnson  |  August 13, 2010; 10:25 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags: Colgate  
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