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The Number Thirteen
Movies have been made
about it, people are well aware when it comes, and it’s often the
source of blame when bad things happen. Yes, it’s Friday, the
thirteenth. No matter the month, Friday the thirteenth is a major
source of bad luck it seems. But there is fact behind the belief
that this is a particularly unlucky day.
The thought about
bad luck occurring on Friday the thirteenth comes from the
ancient world. It’s actually two different incidents. One of
them happening on the thirteenth and one of them happening on
Friday. How the two came to be in a combination, no one really
There is an
ancient myth that twelve gods were having a dinner party when an
unwanted and uninvited thirteenth guest, Loki, entered. Loki
forced Hoder, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Balder the
Beautiful with an arrow that had a mistletoe tip. Immediately
after Balder’s death, the entire world was encompassed in
In the Bible,
Judas was the thirteenth apostle to sit down to the Last Supper.
Judas later betrayed Jesus.
In Rome, witches
used to gather in groups of twelve. The thirteenth visitor was
thought to be the devil.
Centuries ago in
Britain, the government would use hangings as capital
punishment. The punishment was always carried out on Fridays and
there were thirteen steps leading up to the rope.
There are many bad
things in the Bible that people believe happened on Friday.
These include: Eve giving Adam the forbidden fruit, the flood
began on Friday, people started speaking in different languages
at the tower of Babel, and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ all
took place on Friday.
Whether the facts
behind these beliefs are real or not, Friday the thirteenth is still
feared today. This is proven in many different ways.
that have more than thirteen floors won’t actually have a “Floor
A lot of airports
don’t have a thirteenth gate.
Airplanes skip the
number thirteen when numbering their aisles.
hotels both omit the number thirteen with their rooms.
never include the number thirteen in their lottery.
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