13 Lucky or 13 Unlucky

 

13 Lucky or 13 Unlucky –Take Your Pick But be Careful of Your Choice if You Live in the USA

By Charles L Harmon


US Dollar Bill - back side

US Dollar Bill - back side filled with 13's

 

Many people have a fear of the number 13. In fact, there is even a term for the fear of the number thirteen and that’s triskaidekaphobia. It’s a Greek word and it means three-and-ten-fear.  In English it means fear or a phobia concerning the number 13.

To almost everyone, at least in this country, the United States, the number 13 has always been an outcast among numbers. It seems it had a bad reputation early on, since the beginning when ancient man learned to count; at least it appears that way.

However, there seems to be many possible explanations for the fear of this simple number, but why is thirteen unlucky? That will always spark different opinions.  13 unlucky number origin is lost in antiquity.

One explanation of why is 13 unlucky concerns the Last Supper of Christ. That’s when Jesus was betrayed by one of his twelve apostles. Those times when there is a Friday the 13th in the month is considered unlucky because tradition says that Christ was crucified on a Friday. I haven’t seen it written anywhere, but I am guessing that Christ and his twelve apostles make 13 and that’s where the significance of 13 comes from. Or maybe in that year the Friday Christ was crucified actually was on Friday the 13th.

Sometime after the Crucifixion, after Christianity was established, satanic cults instituted the Black Mass which was a mockery of the Last Supper. Their secret covens purposely included twelve witches and a leader which was known as a warlock. Church leaders saw the symbolism in unlucky 13 and began teaching that thirteen was an unlucky number.

As with other two-digit numbers, when adding the two digits together the result of adding the two digits indicated its power. In this case 1 plus 3 is four and that’s considered a lucky number. This is what’s done in what we call nowadays numerology. Of course this did not sit well with the holy fathers and they interpreted this as a heathenish sign. They warned their followers that thirteen was anti-Christian.

There is a more scientific theory that holds that in prehistoric times, when the concept of numbers first started, twelve was as far as anyone could count. The number that followed was mysterious. It instilled fear. Later, as mathematics developed thirteen was a number that seemed to be different; it seemed to stand alone as an indivisible number. It didn’t follow the rules that applied to all the numbers before it. This was a mysterious number. It was a number to beware of.

Copyright © Charles L Harmon

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      Ruth asks…

      Lucky 13……………..?

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      Suzi Q answers:

      Neat
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      Lizzie asks…

      What is the story behind lucky 13?

      Where did lucky 13 come from? What is the real story behind it? Hopefully somebody can help me. I am trying to find information on what lucky 13 means and the story behind it. If anybody knows or knows of any sites I can go to with any information on the subject it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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      Suzi Q answers:

      Thirteen came from the thriteen “horrors” of the world
      Vampires
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      Donna asks…

      What is a good playlist for a lucky 13?

      I am having my Lucky 13 soon and I have some songs that I want picked out,but I can’t really think of any other songs. The partys gonna run for about 3 to 4 hours, so I need tons and tons of music. Nothing extremely explict because there’ll be about 12 adults there, including my parents so I don’t really wanna get in touble. Hope your help!

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      Suzi Q answers:

      Hannah montana! Lol jk anything by ladygaga but lately everything good is dirty so sorry:( but i will try
      boomboom pow- black eyed peas
      dont trust me, STARSTRUKK- 3OH!3
      circus- brittany spears
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      disturbia- rihanna
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      crushcrushcrush- paramore
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      beverley hills- weezer
      ocean avenue- yellowcard
      turn my swag on, kiss me thru the phone- soulja boi
      so what- pink
      rockstar- nickel back

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      John asks…

      How do i tell if my Lucky 13 yr Dog has a broken leg without goin to the vet?

      today, my Lucky is limping it appears he is in pain. yesterday Saturday We had a Lucky 13 Poo party for him. with my 3 other dogs and my parents Dog Niko. he did well the lil old man. but today he is acting like he hurt his leg. i don’t see any type of swelling and there are no cuts. but he seems to be hurting any help out there? I am broke this week and cannot take him to the vet. Any suggestions on how i can help my lil guy. 85 lb black Labrador.

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      Suzi Q answers:

      Was he running around a lot? If so, does he normally run around a lot? It might just be his muscles are bothering him -sort of like those 40 year old armchair athletes who think they can play football with 20 year olds (then they wake up in the morning to find their muscles are stiff!). Give him a few days. If he doesn’t limber up, call the vet to see if there is an over the counter pain reliever you can give him.

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      Lisa asks…

      Does anyone know where to get Lucky 13 Cologne?

      Does anyone know where in the hell i can find the Lucky 13 Cologne that Hot Topic use to sell awhile back!? Its in a little black square shaped bottle, with either the skull logo, or the spade logo on it. It also has the skull logo on the top of the silver cap. Or does anyone know if it had a special name or what?

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      Suzi Q answers:

      Look on ebay

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      Paul asks…

      Is the number 13 lucky in Italy and why?

      So I hear on Deal or No deal. 13 unlucky for most, lucky for Italians.

      Yes/no? And why if yes?

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      Suzi Q answers:

      No, not really. The number 17 is considered unlucky. This comes from the Latin numerals for 17, XVII which can be rearranged to form VIXI which means “I have lied” (i.e. I am dead) in Latin. Some Alitalia planes do not have row 17 and some hotels do not have room 17 either. The national squad have an incredibly poor record at winning on this day.

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      Helen asks…

      What is the value of a Heddon Lucky 13, made in the 1930s?

      My dad bought the above fishing lure at an antique store. He cannot find his book on the value of old fishing lures. Do any of you have any idea?

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      Suzi Q answers:

      Depends on when it was produced, in original box, what shape she be in ie., body, hooks (rusted or not), etc., will be big factors on what it’s worth. Heddon came out with different versions of the Lucky 13 like wood type, “Baby” Lucky 13 etc.. Don’t know which you have, so here’s a link that’ll give ya’ a basic run down on some price$ with pics. Hope it helps ;)… < ' (( ( > < Scroll down page ~ http://www.venusvintage.com/product/rare%20collectible/fishing%20reels.htm

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      Michael asks…

      where can i find lucky 13 clothing in tacoma?

      Im new here in the Tacoma area and well I like the brand “Lucky 13” …anybody heard of it, know where to get it around here? thxx

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      Suzi Q answers:

      I think there is only one I know of in the whole state and I think it’s in Seattle: 562 1st Ave S.

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      Chris asks…

      Stores to buy Lucky 13 & Felon Clothing in Seattle?

      I am coming to Seattle from Canada, I was wondering if there were any store that sell Lucky 13 or Felon Clothing??

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      Suzi Q answers:

      I’m sure those are both very fine brands, but I haven’t heard of either one of them so am guessing they are not available in Seattle. Better stock up on all the items you think you might want to have once you get here.

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