Tomorrow is Friday the 13th. Contrary to many people, 13 has always been a LUCKY number for me. I was born on the 13th of March and nothing bad has ever happened to me on that day. But there is a long, ominous history surrounding the number 13…especially when it occurs on a Friday.
Throughout most of recorded history, the number 13 has been seen as an unlucky number. If you fear the number 13, you suffer from Triskaidekaphobia.
The ancient Babylonian Code of Hammurah omitted the #13 in it’s list of laws. Written in 1,700 B.C., it suggests ancient Babylonians considered the #13 to be unlucky.
- Many buildings and skyscrapers do not have a 13th floor.
- Some people will not allow 13 people at the table. An extra table will be set up if 13 people need to dine together.
- Captains would not go out to sea with a crew of 12. (The captain made 13).
- Ancient Mayans of Central America were the most advanced culture in all of the Americas. They considered the number 13 sacred.
Historically, Friday has been viewed as an unlucky day of the week as well. Combined with 13, it’s a “double whammy” for those who are superstitious. Maybe they’d never heard of “TGIF”.
Here are future “Friday the 13th dates:
- 2017: January, October
- 2018: April, July
- 2019: September, December
- 2020: March, November
For more fun facts about Friday the 13th, visit: http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/fridaythe13th.htm
How do you feel about 13?