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Mars, the formidable god of Tuesdays.

Who can forget “Black Monday,” October 19, 1987, when the Dow Jones average plunged 508 points? But it’s the next day that financial insiders will always remember as the true nadir, according to Terrible Tuesday, Hannah Webster’s fascinating new book about that certain day of the week.  Webster makes a compelling case for Tuesday as blues day throughout history, especially for women.  “Never get your hair cut on Tuesdays,” she advises. “Power resides in our hair, and we need all our strength to combat the war god Mars, who controls the day. Small wonder that many Frenchwomen call it merde-day rather than mardi.”

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