Sunday, August 9, 2009

Thursday Thirteen about the Number Thirteen

Thirteen Facts about the Number Thirteen Why does the number 13 evoke feelings of uncertainty and uneasiness? Is it really an unlucky number? What started this stigma about 13? Here are thirteen facts: 1. Triskaidekaphobia means the fear of number 13. Tradition traces this fear of 13 at the table to the 2. Tradition traces this fear of 13 at the table to the Last Supper- Jesus dined with his twelve apostles. The inference was someone was going to die within a short time. Judas betrayed Jesus, overcome by his guilt, he hang himself. 3. Mythology has its own story. The Norse gods were having a banquet for 12 at the Valhalla when Loki, one of the evil gods gatecrashed the party. Balder was the god of light, joy and reconciliation. He had a blind brother whom Loki tricked into throwing a sprig of mistletoe on Balder’s chest which killed him ( Balder). Mistletoe is the only earthly thing that was fatal to Balder. 4. Into the Middle Ages, the stigma against Friday the 13th grew stronger. On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Phillip !V of France ordered the arrest of the Grand Master of the Knights Templar and his senior knights and other members. They were tortured to compel them to admit to “wrongdoings.” And they were executed. Sympathizers of the Templars condemned Friday the 13th as an evil day. 5. In the 18th century, the belief about Friday the 13th was reinforced. The British ship HMS Friday was launched on a Friday , the 13th , the captain was a man named Jim Friday. The ship was never seen nor heard from again. 6. Apollo 13 mission in 1970. It was launched on 1313 hours, from pad 39 ( 13 x 3), 3 of the sleeping arrangements for the astronauts were timed to start at 13 minutes past the hour and so was one of the possible splashdown. On April 13th, the first of the several setbacks to Apollo 13 occurred and this added drama to the mission. 7. In many hotels and skyscrapers, there is no 13th floor. 8. Most airplanes have no seat No. 13. 9. In Italy, it is usual to leave out 13 in numbering the lottery tickets. 10. Thirteen for dinner? Not in France. A party of thirteen can hire a professional quatorzieme, a fourteenth person, from an agency. 11. In some big hospitals, there is no Operating Room 13, to spare the patient added anxiety being wheeled into Room 13. 12. 13 is the ideal number of people in a coven. 13. It is believed that to left-handed people, 13 is their lucky number. Information taken from: Number Power by Keith Ellis

16 comments:

  1. Wow, I totally forgot that it was the 13th today. Those facts were really interesting :)

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  2. #10 made me smile. There's obviously a demand for a fourteenth person. Why don't they just invite 12? That would make it easier. :)

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  3. Interesting facts! Love that header up there too. Very cool. LOL

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  4. Oh, now I know what I want to be when I grow up! A "fourteenizer!"

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  5. That's interesting. Number 13 has always been lucky for me. Is that bad? lol

    Happy T13!

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  6. Interesting TT!

    *hugs*
    Paige

    My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/

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  7. The gradschool building of a buddhist university I attended also doesn't have a 13th floor. This is an informative list about no. 13. Happy Thursday.

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  8. Lots of interesting facts about Thirteen! Thanks, I learned something.

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  9. Kewl list for your T-13! I was familiar with many of these but had no clue that 13 was a lucky number for lefties! I've shared T-13s at Sacred Ruminations and Happily Retired Gal this week ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  10. I could see hiring someone from an agency to liven things up even if there aren't 13 for dinner.

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  11. My first son was born on Friday the 13th with a full moon that night. I always felt the number 13 was lucky for me.

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  12. Interesting post. My building has no apartment 13.

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  13. Random facts always amaze and interest me. I've never been afraid of the number 13 or Friday the 13th but it's interesting to find out where some of the fears originated.

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