Many are convinced that number 13 is unlucky. Not all agree. Some claim that number 13 actually is quite lucky. Here is a collection of number 13 facts.
Triskaidekaphobia – the fear of number thirteen.
The word “Triskaidekaphobia” is made up of the Greek words:
tris (meaning “three”), kai (meaning “and”)
deka (meaning “ten”) and
phobia (meaning “fear”).
Paraskavedekatriaphobia – the fear of Friday the thirteenth.
Friday the 13th can only occur in months starting with Sunday.
Triskaidekaphilia means someone who believes number 13 to be a lucky number.
Thirteen People at the Table
It is considered to be bad luck by many in the Western culture to dine with 13 people at the table.
This may be because of the Last Supper – Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples betrayed Jesus.
The Savoy Hotel
The fashionable Savoy Hotel in London, England does not take any chances.
If you book a table for a party of thirteen, you will find that the table has been set for fourteen guests.
Kasper, the black cat will be joining you for dinner. Kasper is the three foot sculpture cat that resides at the Savoy Hotel.
Kasper will be placed in the fourteenth chair. Naturally, Kasper will be served all the courses of the meal. Kasper has resided at the hotel since the 1920s. Sir Winston Churchill was particularly fond of Kasper.
Number 13 and the Aztecs
The Aztecs considered thirteen to be a very sacred number. It was the number of time and stood for completion. An Aztec week lasted for thirteen days.
The Aztec year was 260 days. It was divided into 20 thirteen day periods. The 13 day period is called a Trecena.
In Aztec mythology, the goddess Tlazolteotl ruled the 13th Trecena.
She was the goddess of sin and a patroness of adulterers.
She could also forgive sins, especially those of a sexual nature. Tlazolteotl is associated with purifying steam baths.
In Tarot 13 is the card of Death
Death symbolizes getting rid of the old and make room for something new.
It is transformation.
Reversed it shows the failure to move on to something better.
Number 13 Colgate University
The number thirteen is considered very good omen at Colgate University in Madison County, New York.
It is told the school was founded by thirteen men, with thirteen dollars and thirteen prayers.
The address of Colgate University is 13 Oak Drive.
The school is now named in honor of the soap-maker, William Colgate, who created Colgate-Palmolive. He was deeply involved in the school.
The business woman, Mary Kay Ash believed thirteen was a very lucky number. The company was founded Friday, September 13, 1963.
The Mary Kay headquarters has thirteen floors and thirteen passenger elevators.
The first Thirteen Club
The first dinner of “The Thirteen Club” took place at 8:13 P.M. on Friday 13, 1881, in Room 13 at the Knickerbocker Cottage in New York. Of course there were 13 people seated around the table on this event.
It was Captain William Fowler who started “The Thirteen Club”.
He was a Civil War veteran, who had taken part in 13 major battles and had been forced to resign on August 13, 1863. On September 13, 1863 he purchased the Knickerbocker Cottage.
Apollo13 was the third manned spacecraft intended to land on the moon. It launched April 11, 1970 at 13:13 CST.
On April 13th an onboard explosion forced the mission to be aborted.
Despite extreme danger and hardship, the crew returned safely to earth.
Rhode Island became the 13th state of the United States. (May 29, 1790)
There are 13 stripes in the flag of USA.
The 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that rebelled against British rule. These 13 colonies became the first 13 states.
The 13th President
Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743.
Millard Fillmore became the 13th President of the United States. 1850 – 1853
Millard Fillmore was Vice President under President Taylor. He became President when President Taylor died of stomach flu. Fillmore was the last President of the Whig Party.
Fillmore did not join the new Republican Party, but became associated with the “Know-Nothing” movement, an anti-Catholic group.
California became a U.S. State when Fillmore was President.
Washington D.C. (capital of the United States) has 13 Council members.
The construction of the White House started on October 13, 1792.
The Dollar Bill
There are 13 bars on the shield. There are 13 leaves on the olive branch. There are 13 fruits.
There are 13 arrows. There are 13 stars above the eagle.
There are 13 plums of feathers on each of the eagle’s wings.
There are 13 steps on the Pyramid.
There are 13 letters in “E PLURIBUS UNUM” meaning “Out of many, one”.
There are 13 letters in “ANNUIT COEPTIS” meaning “God has favored our undertaking”.
The Prohibition in the United States lasted for thirteen years; from 1920 – 1933.
All sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol for consumption was illegal.
The Thirteenth Amendment (USA) forbids slavery.
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
The Salem Witch Trial
Thirteen Women were found guilty and executed in
In Salem, Massachusetts the following thirteen women were found guilty of witchcraft and executed:
Bridget Bishop (June 10, 1692)
Rebecca Nurse (July 19, 1692)
Sarah Good (July 19, 1692)
Elizabeth Howe (July 19, 1692)
Sarah Wildes (July 19, 1692)
Susannah Martin (July 19, 1692)
Martha Carrier (August 19, 1692)
Martha Corey (September 22, 1692)
Mary Eastey (September 22, 1692)
Alice Parker (September 22, 1692)
Mary Parker (September 22, 1692)
Ann Pudeator (September 22, 1692)
Margaret (Stevenson) Scott (September 22, 1692)
The Winchester House
The Winchester House in San Jose, California is a huge mansion which once belonged to Sarah Winchester (1839 – 1922).
The house was under constant construction during her lifetime. Sarah Winchester was the widow of William Winchester, the owner of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.
Sarah Winchester became obsessed with spirits, fearing the spirits of people who had been killed by the Winchester rifles.
Many believe the Winchester House to be haunted. It is now a major tourist attraction. Every Friday the 13th a bell is rung 13 times at 13:00 o’clock.
The number 13 is represented throughout the house. The chandelier holds 13 candles. The glass window panes are made up of 13 colored stones.
The drain covers in the sinks have 13 holes. There are 13 bathrooms.
Clothes hooks are grouped in 13.
All the stair cases except one have 13 steps, and so on.
Sarah Winchester’s will had 13 sections. She signed her will 13 times.
Number 13 Miscellaneous
There are thirteen loaves in a “baker’s dozen”. This dates back to medieval England, when punishment was severe for bakers who cheated their customers.
To be on the safe side, a free loaf was given with every dozen sold.
The 13th Runic letter is the Eihwaz.It is associated with Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life.
In Norway there are 19 counties. Each county has an official number. The numbers go up to 20. No county has the official number 13.
The bus number 13 in London was never injured during the blitz of the Second World War.
The planet Neptune has thirteen known moons.
A lace anniversary celebrates the thirteenth year.
Aluminum has the atomic number 13.
Number 13 and the Christmas Pudding
Christmas pudding has been a tradition in Britain for centuries. Old tradition suggested that the Christmas pudding must contain thirteen different ingredients. The thirteen ingredients represented the twelve disciples and Jesus.
There was also a superstition that whoever ate Christmas pudding in thirteen different homes between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day would enjoy good luck in the coming year.
- The Thirteenth Album
The British rock band, Queen released their thirteenth studio album, Innuendo in 1991. This was the last album with lead vocalist Freddie Mercury.
Mercury died later that same year on November 24, 1991. If you enjoy songs about cats Mercury has a love song for his favorite cat on this album.
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