The number 13… We have all heard that it is unlucky. Some of us may even be superstitious and not leave the house on any Friday the 13’s that may sneak upon us. I just so happen to be one of those guys… and I started thinking. Why is the number 13 so unlucky? I decided to do a little research and I stumbled upon some interesting facts about the number. Check it out!
1. The fear of the # 13 is called TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA
2. Industrialist Henry Ford wouldn’t do business on Friday, the 13th.
3. Many hotel guests refuse to stay in Room 13, so rooms are frequently numbered 12, 12A, and 14.
4. Some speculate that a fear of the number 13 is the reason we recognize only 12 constellations in the Zodiac, omitting a thirteenth… Ophiuchus (the Serpent Holder) that, by its location, could be included.
5. The ancient Hebrews thought 13 was unlucky because the thirteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the letter M, which is the first letter in the word “mavet,” meaning death.
6. Some believe that 13 is unlucky because it follows 12, which in ancient Babylonia, China, and Rome was considered to be a lucky number associated with completion and perfection.
7. Years ago, London bakers were subject to harsh penalties if they were caught selling bread in what was called short weight. The bakers would add an extra loaf to each dozen to be sure the sale met the minimum weight requirement. They avoided the word thirteen and the process of adding an extra loaf became known as the “baker’s dozen.”
8 A trace of the unlucky #13 to the biblical version of the last supper:
(Mark 14: 17-21)
“And it was in the evening that he came with the twelve. As they were at the table eating, Jesus said ‘Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.’ They began to be sorrowful, and to say to him one after another ‘Is it I?’ He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping in the same dish with me. For the Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.’ “
9. The first incarnation of unlucky 13 was ’13 at a table. If you sit 13 people at a table, one will die within a year. Multimillionaire Paul Getty once stated “I wouldn’t care to be one of thirteen at a table.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would not dine in a group of 13 people.
Good Luck Readers! by Josh Hyche and Mason Grace