In Rosemary's Baby (1968), Rosemary has a Catholic calendar that marks Fridays with a fish to remind her not to eat meat.

In Rosemary's Baby (1968), Rosemary has a Catholic calendar that marks Fridays with a fish to remind her not to eat meat.


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Mon: raw steak Tue: raw steak Wed: raw steak Thu: raw steak Fri: Cod Sat: raw steak Sun: raw steak


just as god intended


Just as Cod intended. FTFY


All hail, the one True Cod!


Kneel before Cod


What if Cod was one of us?


Served with slaw, like one of us.


Just some fried fish on a bun, so you can eat when you’re not home…


Cod is watching us...from a fish net...


I’m on a pilgrimage to Cape Cod to pay homage to the one, true, great fish in the sky.


I, for one, accept our new Cod overlords


I dunno. I think religion sounds fishy.


Especially on a large scale.


It’s the last religion where they will not pull a bait and switch on the masses.


You're just salty


Lmao when you put it like that it really sounds ridiculous. Created the entire universe and all living beings, the complexity around living beings is so complex that we still do not fully understand it. But on Fridays humans aren't allowed to eat meat 🤣


There are ways around that. Beavers were considered "fish" back in medieval Europe times because they swam in the rivers. And there were other similar dietary head scratchers too. And then there are exemptions to be granted by the clergy, (Everyone must eat fish this Friday - Except St. Fred's. They were first in the scrap iron drive! - shamelessly stolen from an old Carlin bit). But the important thing to remember is that war and conquering were allowed 6 days a week. And sometimes on Sundays once service was over.


Capybaras counted as fish too!


Anyone caught attempting to eat a capybara will go straight to crucifixion. No trial, no jury... straight to crucifixion.


**"On Fridays, don't eat meat."** "So how about fish?" **"Do. Not. Eat. Meat!"** "Fish it is then!" ***(angry scowl)***


Also: I went out of my way to design every facet of your bodies out of clay. Cut part of it off NOW




circumcision of unconsenting children is a horribly barbaric practice that our society will be judged harshly for in the future (I hope). it should be banned worldwide without regard for religion and tradition.


Thank you


I'm glad to see this idea gain more traction in recent years. I've always been the odd one arguing against circumcision since high school almost 20 years ago. Feeling vindicated as of late.


Ex-Catholic here, the only reason we eat fish on Friday is waaayy back when all the italians started moving in land and eating beef. Because of this fisherman started losing money so to help the coastel community the pope declared we eat fish on friday. Tl;dr: Religion is stupid and makes up stupid rules for money


>the only reason we eat fish on Friday is waaayy back when all the italians started moving in land and eating beef. Because of this fisherman started losing money so to help the coastel community the pope declared we eat fish on friday. That's really just a myth with no historical foundation, and it has several variations. Sometimes people say it was the English kings that made up this tradition to help their fisheries. The idea of abstaining from eating meat on a friday is simply a form of penance, as eating meat is considered a pleasure.






So she's straight for the majority of the week snd only eats beaver on a Friday. Seems fair.


Appropriate for Pride Month.


Fried cod, to be precise. Because it's fry day.


Like Fry! Like Fry!


I'm catholic, can confirm. It's always fried.


*raw* Cod Give it to us raw and wwwrrrrrriggling!


At least in Indiana, the list was country fried stake, breaded pork tenderloin, raw steak, burgers, Fillet de Fisho, sloppy joe, tacos




Let it go Jake, it’s Hoosierville


I always found it fascinating that Fridays are holy days for quite a few cultures. For Hindus in my community it is the holiest day of the week, and Muslims perform their Friday prayers too. I wonder where this association came from. Edited to add in my community since ya'll got other favourite days.


> I wonder where this association came from. TGIF is far older than we suspected.


It used to be TGOF, for "thank God ON Friday"


every day of the week is holy. they're literally named after gods.


Friday is named after the ancient god Frïdøy, the god of entertainment, alcohol, drugs, bitches and techno music








Theres a good "what the frig" joke here but I'm too tired to find it.


Please don't take a god's name in vain


"What the Frigg, I ordered an Xbox card, I don't know what this is."


This reminds me of my sheltered and home schooled friends saying “what the frigg” because frick was too close to fuck.


My mom says "friggin" all the time. She also says "fucking" all the time.


She doesn't just say it.


Frigg off!


We celebrate it with the traditional chant of meditation... **OONTZ OONTZ OONTZ OONTZ OONTZ**


Can I join your religion


Join the Catholicism on Steroids movement


That doesn't sound right, but I don't know enough about weekday naming etymology to dispute it.


Here's something that always bothered me: Sunday: Sun's Day Monday: Moon's Day Tuesday: Tyr's Day (Son of Odin, brother of Thor.) Wednesday: Woden's Day (It's an early spelling of Odin.) Thursday: Thor's Day (Son of Odin, brother of Tyr.) Friday: Frida's Day (Thor's Mom, Odin's Wife.) Saturday: Saturn's Day (Roman God, no relation to any Norse god.) So we have two days for celestial bodies and the rest are for a nuclear family of Norse Gods except one day is a Roman god for some reason. How the fuck did Saturn worm his way in there? Was he paying Big Calendar under the table?


It's normally Frigg, rather than Frida.


I don't know for sure that this is the reason, but in Norse culture, the day after Friday (which is for Frigg or Freya, not Frida), was *laugardagr*, meaning washing day. So that was already the only day not not named for a god or celestial body


And in Italian Sabato (Saturday) comes from shabat meaning rest


This is the case for most of the romance languages


IIRC the other days of the week have names of Roman gods in other languages and these were simply localized with similar gods. Tuesday is Mardi (Mars-day) in French. Maybe they just didn't have a similar enough god for Saturn.




In Japan the days are Sun, Moon, Fire, Water, Tree, Gold, Earth, and the months are just numbered, though there are old names for them as well.


The Nordic version has lørdag from laugar, to wash. So it's washing day, maybe the English didn't like taking baths.


They likely did not. During the Danish raids and invasions of the British Isles, one thing the Anglo-Saxons liked to use to poke fun at the Danes was how frequently the Danes bathed. They believed the Danes' proclivity to wash frequently and wear long hair was "womanly," and the Danes believed that the Anglo-Saxon's practice of cloistering themselves in undefended religious buildings filled to the brim with treasures was stupid. Of course, while the Danes, Norwegians, and Swedish (maybe? not totally sure if Swedes took part in the colonization of the British isles, but the distinction mattered less then) might have had a good few centuries on Britain and Ireland, the Norse settlers in Great Britain were eventually slaughtered when the Anglo-Saxons reclaimed the island because there's no better way to celebrate a victory than to commit a horrific island-wide massacre.


You don't smell like pig shit- must be gay.


Are you back from your break? You can continue anytime you want.


Just to be clear, these aren't the names of Norse gods. They're the names of Anglo-Saxon gods which share a common cultural descent (and thus have related names) to the Norse gods. Woden isn't an early spelling, it's the Anglo-Saxon name for a god that's historically related to Odin. But we actually know very little about how similar Woden was to Odin, etc.


Saturn is also a celestial body. Interestingly, in Spanish, Monday-Friday are named after the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter. The weekends are of Judeo-Christian origin. So if you combine Spanish weekdays with English weekends, you have all 7 celestial bodies of our solar system known to the ancients. I think this was the original Roman naming scheme and newer languages renamed some.


Months are pretty bad too. January - Janus, a roman god February- named after a roman fertility ritual March - Mars, another god April - just named after the word for flowers blooming May - Maia, a god June - Juno, a god July - Julius Caesar August - Augustus Caesar September - "7th month" October - "8th month" November - "9th month" December - "10th month" Not only does it not follow a theme, but the Roman's also never bothered re-numbering months after they added new ones in. "September is the ninth month now. Eh. Whatever. We'll keep calling it 7th."


Hey just want to correct something, Frigg/Frigga wasn't Thor's mum, Thor's mom was Hlodyn (with the th sounding d) or Jørd (with the th sounding d). Frigg was Baldr's mum, though.


Seven days named after astronomical bodies. They're named after the planets (this is more clear when you know what the names are in French and Spanish). The planets were named after the Roman gods, and these names were "translated" into Germanic equivalents. The Romans always considered the gods of the people they came into contact with as the same as theirs with different names. There just wasn't a good translation for Saturn.


Don't know about other cultures but for christians it is because Jesus died on a friday. But other then that i am sure you could say the same thing for most days being considered holy


Is Friday the holiest day for Hindus? Tuesdays are pretty sacred too, lots of people fast on Tuesdays dunno about Friday


After living in a big Indian city with many different cultures all my life, I can say that this argument, like every other one about Hindu customs, cannot be answered because Hinduism is not one uniform homogenous set of rules and customs like Abrahamic religions. Different states use literally different calendars: the Tamil calendar is different from the Telugu calendar, so you can't expect all Hindus to have settled on one day of the week as holy. The answer is it depends more on which state you're from. Even then, it differs between ethnicities, castes and cultures


Ageeed, that's what I was saying. Saying Friday is the holiest doesn't make any sense because plenty of people find other days equally or even more important.


People fast on Mondays too, depending on their vow. As far as I know Fridays are the day you'll really see crowds on temples and hear prayer bells in Hindu homes.


Friday night is Shabbat for Jews


Yeah because in Jewish day keeping the day starts at sundown. So it isn't considered Friday anymore after sundown that's the beginning of Saturday


We only did no meat on fridays during Lent when I was growing up Catholic. That falls in the spring, and her calendar shows November. Was it common for Catholics to not eat meat on friday all year long?




Even in secular spaces, fish on Fridays is still very much a tradition in Ireland and the UK. For example, I work in a public body in London and our canteen (pre-Covid) was always fish and chips or fish pie.


Its still popular with older folks in the USA, I worked in a fish and chips shop and friday was our busiest day. Mostly people in their 70s and 80s.


Friday Fish Fries are a huge thing at restaurants in Wisconsin. They'll even have them at bars and fast food burger joints, and extend them to other days of the week. This is why Culver's sells a fish dinner.


It's also the reason for the McDonald's Filet o Fish.


It's why some restaurants serve clam chowder on Fridays.


Older folks? Everyone in Wisconsin loves Friday fish fries. Christ I could go for some bluegill


I'm not religious but I still like to eat fish on Fridays. I think it's a nice habit simply to eat more fish.


before salt was commonly iodized, it was an extra-healthy habit too.


Prolly because of Catholicism back in the day.


>~~Prolly~~ Because of Catholicism back in the day.


My kids school do fishy Friday every Friday


What happened in 66? I'd have thought it would've faded from common practice over a few years rather than just one year everyone decides against it?


The conclusion of [Vatican II](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Vatican_Council). Also when Mass switched from Latin to the local language (roughly).


Don't you mean 2 vat 2 ican?


Vatican 2: Electric Boogaloo




Vatican 2: Revenge of the Cardinals


Jesus soft returned. Just changed a couple rules then bounced


Aight imma head out


“Y’all can speak whatever language in church, IDGAF. Peace ✌️.”


minor catholic clan gameplay update


The tradcaths are back to every Friday now.


I grew up thinking this was the case, but as it turns out, even after Vatican II, the faithful are still required to make a penance on Fridays throughout the year. It just no longer has to be abstinence from meat (except during Lent), you can choose a more appropriate penance for yourself. (At least in the US).


Went to college at a pretty traditional public school. Fish was always the main course on fridays in the dining hall. Most of the students were from the most catholic or 2nd most catholic states


grew up in a catholic family in australia. never ate meat on fridays if my mother was cooking, but she never learned how to cook fish well and my dad and i figured out that if we got takeaway then she didn't have the energy to enforce the rule, so friday ended up being take-away food night.


SMH Fish is so easy to cook and season compared to other meats. You can steam it, grill it, batter and deep fry it etc. What was so hard? Please we get some really delicious fresh fish in Australia


Maybe she secretly didn’t want to have to cook one day of the week? That would be my motivation lol


Not everybody knew how to cook in the pre-internet days. My mom was shit at cooking, as was her mom, as I would be if not for youtube.


Grew up in a very Catholic area in the 70s. Had fish sandwich every Friday for school lunch. In public school. Was a Polish immigrant Community so they were muy Catholico.


Yep, it’s somewhat common. I attended a Catholic boarding school in Ireland in 2008 and fish was served every Friday.


Went to Catholic school growing up and we always had pb&js , fish sticks, or cheese enchiladas on Fridays


Fish sticks are dope


Do you like putting fish sticks in your mouth?


He's a gay fish


My UK office is very Irish, and our in house canteen always serves fish on Fridays, all year. It’s not a strict rule but it was definitely a conscious choice. Same with the Catholic school I went to.


Outside of the US (and maybe Canada?) abstaining from meat on Fridays is still a requirement. In the US, the bishops decided at some point that, *outside of Lent,* Catholics may substitute some other sacrifice. I actually do have a (much more elaborate than Rosemary's) calendar with fish printed on certain days. My husband's not Catholic; I'm absentminded; there's also something deeply amusing about seeing what random minor saint is being commemorated today. Shout-out to Harvey and Botolph?


This was never strictly applied at my house growing up since my parents aren't really actively practicing religion but that's something my grandma absolutely respected (she would often say "c'esy vendredi, c'est le jour du poisson" = "Friday is fish day") and, although schools are supposed to be totally indépendant from religion, that's weirdly something that was also respected in my school as a child, so I guess it depends on the person but I think it's pretty common for Catholics.


I live in Central NY and I dont know any catholics but fish Fridays is a normal occurrence here. It's usually a big slab of breaded haddock that's fried, and literally everyone sells it, from the grocery store to random Elks Clubs, and every restaurant in between. It's my understanding that it's a catholic thing, but there aren't that many catholics in the region to justify the amount of fish fry's that happen every friday.


I went to a public elementary school in Mississippi, they served fishsticks as an alternative to chicken nuggies every Friday, but only if you were Catholic. The lunch ladies didn’t make enough fishsticks for all the non-cath’s.


Catholicism traditionally was no warm blooded animal eating during holy days. So fish were instated as the filler protein. When King Henry created his own church, this rule was the first to go, so fish mongers lost tons of money, so they pushed the Pope to make it every Friday regardless of holiday. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2012/04/05/150061991/lust-lies-and-empire-the-fishy-tale-behind-eating-fish-on-friday


Do you realise your explanation and what the link says have nothing to do with each other, do you?


Oh my god...is this why I eat fish on Friday? I didn't even realise it was a Christian thing, I thought it was just something we did.


I think at least in the U.S, it morphed from a religion thing to a social thing. Fish Fries used to be a very common social gathering on Friday or Saturday nights. Usually in a church dining hall or otherwise a community center. I'm sure it started out as a churchy event but it kinda transformed into a fun dance type event. A good example of the kind of community that would have this type of event is in the Andy Griffith Show. They are always taking their girlfriends to the community fish fry. I imagine you would even want to go as a teenager because it was probably a socially acceptable place to try and get to know the girl or guy down the street that you are interested in.


McDonalds started their Filet-o-Fish sandwich to bring in more people on Fridays. I first read about it in a Bathroom Reader, but here's a [wiki article](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filet-O-Fish#History) about the history of serving fish.


Just realized my Cafe at work only serves fish on Friday


*I can no longer associate myself*


I love that detail in the movie. There are so many little hints throughout the whole film that stuff is fucky.


if only roman polanski had a calander reminding him to stay away from children


Ah yes, the Roman calendar.


Like, a calendar with little adults on every day?


Full sized adults, dont want him mistaking children for little adults.


That would make for a large calendar, but probably a reasonable precaution.


Dwarfs are off limits then


yeah something like that


I grew up with a fish on the Fridays in lent on the calendar in the 1970s. It changed from every Friday after Vatican 2 in the mid 1960s. My dad is 91 and still eats a Filet O’Fish from McDonald’s every Friday.


But... but fish is a meat. Did I miss a meeting? /s


It’s because the Latin word is “carne” so it was interpreted as “meat” in the sense of land animal meat. So fish is separate because it doesn’t live on land. Just one of those things where history can be odd…


I wonder if that's why so many people assume that vegetarians still can/do eat fish.


It's a catholic thing. Something about how since they're cold-blooded, they don't count as meat in the eyes of Jesus and therefore you can eat it to fast on Friday. Lent/Fish Fridays is also allegedly one of the major drivers for the consumption of seafood in the western world.


and so began snake steak fridays




Jesus has thermal vision, neat


Predator Jesus.


> they don't count as meat See also [beavers and capybaras.](https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/thoughtful-animal/once-upon-a-time-the-catholic-church-decided-that-beavers-were-fish/) They swim a lot! So they're officially fish! :-)


Renowned taxonomist, Jesus of Nazareth




Not a rule from the Bible


I grew up Catholic and no one ever explained to me why we did this. I still don't know to this day what the justification for the rule was other than "It's a penance!" but it's not in the Bible, so is it even a rule? Or is it just a tradition thing?


The popular story is that the pope’s brother was a fisherman and he wanted to boost the fishing industry. I was researching it not too long ago, because i went to catholic school and heard the Pope story. NPR published [this article](https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2012/04/05/150061991/lust-lies-and-empire-the-fishy-tale-behind-eating-fish-on-friday) countering the tale. There were other sources but were behind a paywall.


You wanna see gymnastics, at one point the church certified beavers as fish, so they could be eaten on Friday. The argument was that they swim like fish and are therefore not meat.


It’s a cultural thing that dates back to the time of Jesus. Living on the Sea of Galilee meant that fish was a cheap and abundant food source that everyone from the peasants to the kings could eat regularly. Meat such as beef or lamb were far more expensive and were a luxury item rather than a staple (no pork at this time because it wasn’t until Jesus that all food was declared permissible for Christians). The act of refraining from these traditionally decadent foods is supposed to be a small act of piety. In addition, this and the idea of giving something up for lent are meant to be small acts of denying pleasures so Catholics can focus on the more important desire to follow Jesus


Many cultures do not consider fish meat but categorize it as sea food.


in my mind sea food = flesh of an animal = meat which is why i find it weird that there is a subset vegetarians called pescatarians that eat fish but no other meat


I think I made it clear that this is a cultural distinction, not a biological one.


I grew up Catholic and followed Lent so during Lent, I didn’t eat meat on Fridays but fish was okay. All my life I thought fish was not a meat. I was playing the Sims 4 and fed my vegetarian Sim fish. They kept getting sick. So I looked it up online and asked my friends and fish was a meat. I felt like I opened a third eye that day.


Wait until you hear about [beaver](https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/thoughtful-animal/once-upon-a-time-the-catholic-church-decided-that-beavers-were-fish/).


Muskrat too. My grandma grew up eating that on Fridays.




It took me a moment to realize that the fish is indeed on Fridays and not on Saturdays in the picture. I forgot that in the US (and maybe some other places, too?), calenders start with Sunday in the left-most collum (and not with Monday).


Friday is fish and chip day for everybody in England.


To be fair, if this is every friday in your entire life, you'd probably remember it after a while


Some people have to take medicine every single day for all of their lives, but still need a set reminder every day…


Have never gotten around to this movie. Does it hold up or is it essential viewing more for its historical significance?


It is still one of the creepiest movies I've ever seen. It's both intense and restrained in a way that's hard to describe without you actually watching it.




Honestly, that’s my preferred type of horror movie. Jump scare stuff tends to feel really cheap but a good story has some staying power


It's a great mind fuck. Also other trivia is that it was filmed in the Dakota where John Lennon would be murdered outside of in 1980.


Any recommendations for similar movies, anyone? Most new horror movies do nothing for me at all.


Jacob's Ladder is proper weird and creepy. Supposedly one of the inspirations for Silent Hill.


The Witch. Look out for Green Knight coming out soon.


Repulsion (1965) is another pretty unsettling psychological horror movie by Polanski. It’s in black and white, just so you know.


*The Exorcist* still very much holds up. If you want a truly harrowing experience, [*Cargo*.](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3860916/reference) If you'd like to see a lot of grody violence, [*Bone Tomahawk*.](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2494362/reference) If you'd rather be entertained than actually horrified, then if you haven't watched *The Cabin In The Woods* (which I won't give a link, because the very slightest amount of explaining why it's great is likely to be a spoiler), you absolutely must. I thought it was a slasher movie, so I ignored it for years. I must have confused it with something else. It does kind of help if you've watched normal dumb horror movies before, but that's not necessary. *The Cabin In The Woods* is one of the very few films I'd give a ten-out-of-ten rating. Picking one good recent low-budget inventive horror movie among several: [*Pontypool.*](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226681/reference) Slightly higher budget, much less serious: [*Grabbers.*](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1525366/reference) (Also, [*Freaks of Nature*.](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1817771/reference) Definitely not a ten-out-of-ten movie, but it's *criminally* underrated comedy-horror, if you ask me.)


Hereditary is similar to Rosemary’s Baby.


Hereditary was directly influenced by Rosemary's Baby and has similar pacing as the story reveals the horror. It has some very shocking visual moments, though, so be warned.


The movie's two and a quarter hours long, but plenty of stuff happens. I doubt you'll be bored. And the dialogue's a little stilted, but it doesn't feel 52 years old. Ruth Gordon is just... odd, as Minnie Castevet. She's believable, as a true New York original. (Trivia: This movie kicked Ruth Gordon's late career up several notches and led to many more roles for her, most notably Maude in the immortal [*Harold and Maude*](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067185/reference).) The most confronting thing about *Rosemary's Baby* for modern audiences is probably some... truly striking... vintage formal and leisure-wear. :-) (Also, if you like *Rosemary's Baby*, you'll probably also appreciate the 2020 movie *Anything for Jackson*.)


It's crazy that this movie came out in the 60s, it was way ahead of its time so yes even though I hate the expression, it "holds up".


It's scarier than most contemporary horror films because of how real everything feels. You really identify with Rosemary and all the manipulation she goes through. It really is a fantastic movie and proves you can make a creepy movie with minimal effects.


Its awesome. I watch it at least once per year. Rosemary's transformation through out the movie; wondering what her wierd neighbors are up to...etc...its all pretty amazing. Its done very austerely, nothing super over the top, effects wise. Just creepy horror.


You could take either quality in isolation, as a movie today or its historical significance, and it'd reach essential viewing. Consider both and watch it twice.


Scared the shit out of me for a year when I watched it when I was a kid (mid 2000s). It wasn't horror in today's sense, but that eerie feeling just didn't leave me for a long time. But I think I tried watching again when I was in college and it didn't have the same impact fear wise obviously but still a fantastic movie.


It's one of the greatest horror movies of all time. Arguably the greatest. I already watched it twice this year.


1968 is post-Vatican II. Fasting, not eating meat on Fridays, would no longer be required.




Thanks for pointing out the year on the calendar, I stand corrected on the post-VII.


The calendar says 1965


Many catholics kept to the rule up until today.


Even if it's not required anymore, that's something à lot of Catholics still apply to this day (granted, mostly older people who never changed their habits, but still)


During lent - Bolded, black fish, indicating no meat is required. Not during lent - grey/white fish, or just outlined fish, maybe slightly faded out fish, like the calendar in the detail, indicating "Hey, it's Friday so think about the no meat thing, but it's not Lent so don't stress." I still saw this kind of thing regularly in the 90's and early 00's while growing up. Couldn't tell you if they still do it now, but I assume they would, Catholic church isn't exactly known for embracing change.


What is the significance of this fact?






tbf lots of pescatarians out there and people just lump vegetarians and vegans into that group for some. . . reason. It's because fish are aliens really


Imagine going to hell because you ate meat on Fridays. 😆


The rule originally existed to diversify diets so that if a famine knocked out one type of food, local industries (like fishing) would still be a fixture, and could potentially pick up the slack until the famine was over. Same with most of the religious food laws, like not eating pig. It was a scavenger that would spoil very soon after it was killed, so it was easier to say "don't eat pig, it's dirty" than it was to say "invent refrigeration in the Middle East".


I didn't know that, really cool. But having said that, they had refrigeration there even in antiquity - [yakchāls](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakhch%C4%81l?wprov=sfla1)