THE 13TH FACTS...Copyright © 1995-2012 Donna Kent/Cosmic Calendar.
DID YOU KNOW !?!??
According to Smithsonian Magazine "fear of the #13 costs American
a billion dollars per year in absenteeism, train and plane cancellations,
and reduced commerce on the 13th of the month."
Fear of Friday the 13th dates back to Nordic Mythology. Many
of their thirteenth Gods met with violent deaths, such as Loki, the trickster.
Ancient Romans regarded the number 13 as a symbol of death, destruction
Lizzy Borden uttered a total of 13 words at her trial.
There were 13 original colonies.
A witches coven consists of 13 members.
Tarot Card number 13 is the Death Card, depicting the Grim Reaper
(although it is read as transition or change and not literal death).
Hotels rarely have a room number 13. Usually it is called
12a or 14. Same with floors of buildings and the elevators without
a #13 button. Highways sometimes will skip exit 13 altogether also.
There are 13 steps leading to the gallows.
13 knots in a hangman's noose.
13 feet which the guillotine blade falls.
The driver of Princess Diana hit pillar #13 at Place de l'Alma when
she was killed in Paris, France.
13 people, Christ and his 12 disciples, were in attendance at the
last supper. This is where the Christian belief ties in, making Friday
a believed unlucky day, as the crucifixion occurred on a Friday.
Certain ocean liners will be held in dock until after midnight to
appease passenger's fears on Friday the 13th.
British study concluded that even though there were less cars on
the road on Friday the 13th
(as compared with other Fridays) more accidents were reported.
Triskaidekaphobia is the technical name for fear of Friday the 13th.
Apollo 13, 1970, the 13th mission launched from pad #39 (13 x 3),
mission was aborted, after an explosion occurred in the fuel cell of their
service module. The rocket had left launching pad at 13:13 CST and
the date was April 13th.
Epluribus Unum has 13 letters.
The US Seal has 13 stars, bars, feathers in the eagle's tail, 13
bars in one claw, 13 olive branches in the other.
A "quatrorzieme" is a
professional 14th guest hired by the French
who had only 13 guests in attendance for dinner, who felt that was unlucky.
The Chinese, Pagans and others in
ancient times marked time by the lunar cycle and calendar, thus 13 was
considered a very lucky number.
culture, a Bar or Bat Mitzvah
is celebrated when a young adult turns 13 and is the onset of maturity. Again
the number 13 is thought to be lucky.
A baker's dozen consists of 13 for a reason! So the story goes a
witch near Albany, NY demanded 13 items every time she came in to a particular
bakery, and one day the old baker could not afford her extra biscuit. She
sneered some strange words at the man, and he suffered terrible luck from
then on, until he brought her another 13 rolls. After that life was once
again easy for the baker and word spread around town.
The custom is still
sometimes practiced today, although
reviews probably aren't a huge fan of this tradition.
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