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Is Number 13 Really an Unlucky Number?

Updated on August 2, 2017
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Lena Kovadlo is a writer for various content sharing websites. She's an author of 10 books and helps other authors publish their books.

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Is 13 really an unlucky number?

We try to stay away from the number thirteen because we consider it an unlucky number. We think it will be bring us nothing but bad luck, especially when the 13th of a given month falls on a Friday.

But is that really the case? Is number thirteen really an unlucky number?

There really is no right or wrong answer. It all depends on who you ask and on the experiences that people have had in this lifetime with the number thirteen.

Personally, I don't think that 13 is an unlucky number because I can't recall anything bad happening to me on the 13th or when coming in contact with the number 13 in some way.

Below are some interesting facts about the number 13. How many of these do you already know. Read on to find out.

Interesting Facts About the Number 13

  • Taylor Swift was born on December 13th. Her first album Taylor Swift reached Gold status in thirteen weeks since its official release. She considers 13 a lucky number and tattoos it on her hand at each of her concerts.
  • Megadeath, a heavy metal band, titled their thirteenth studio album TH1RT3EN. It consisted of thirteen tracks. The last song was called 13.
  • In Italy 13 is considered to be a lucky number.
  • Shaquille O'Neal wore a No. 13 jersey in 1996 during an international basketball championship.
  • Colgate University also considers 13 to be a lucky number. The university was founded in 1819 by "13 men with 13 dollars, 13 prayers and 13 articles."
  • .In rugby each side has 13 players on the field at any given time.
  • There are 13 notes in a full chromatic musical octave (by inclusive counting).
  • The moon moves 13 degrees around the earth every single day.
  • The number 13 represented femininity in ancient cultures. The reason being that it corresponded to the number of menstrual (lunar) cycles in a given year.
  • There were 13 people seated at the table at Jesus Christ's Last Supper.
  • 13 is a Fibonacci number.
  • The original flag of the United States had 13 stars and 13 stripes that represented the original thirteen colonies.
  • Out of the 11-17 NASA Apollo missions only Apollo 13 didn't land on the moon. This was due to serious technical malfunctions that resulted in the mission being aborted.
  • The thirteenth James Bond movie is called Octopussy (not including Casino Royale).
  • The thirteenth Amendment of the US Constitution dealt with abolition of slavery.
  • Not all buildings in the US with over thirteen floors skip the 13th floor when it comes to numbering them.
  • If you visit Florence Italy you will notice that a house located between house #12 and house #14 will be house #12 1/2 rather than house #13.
  • Airplanes do not have aisle #13.
  • Italians exclude number 13 from their national lottery.
  • The fear of number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia.
  • The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia.

Do you consider the number 13 an unlucky number?

Do you consider the number 13 an unlucky number? What experiences did you have with the number thirteen? Please share them in the comments.

Some people are actually afraid of the number 13. This would then be considered a phobia.

What other phobias exist out there that are both common and uncommon? Find out in the article below.


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      Regis Auffray 6 months ago

      Most interesting, Lena. Since I was born on the 13th, it would be rather silly of me to think it is an unlucky number. Mind you, I don't know what everyone who knows me thinks about that. Lol!

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Shara63 - Thank you for the insightful feedback.

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      shara63 4 years ago

      All numbers are made by God ... each & every no. has its own importance and everything that happens has a cause behind it...Actually we take things/happenings in our own perceptions or outlooks ..we mostly see them in shorter spectrum which sometimes may feel us wrong or unfavorable at that time, but in broader spectum that really casts better impact and prove to be in our favour ....when we start seeing things this way we can surely get rid of such type of superstitions.

      Congrats & thankyou for this wonderful hub & for sharing infortive knowledge over here. !

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Yes, fear and superstition are different things but sometimes they are intertwined.

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      Great and interesting hub again. You are a great writer.

      I think that fear of something and superstitious may be somewhat different, in my opinion anyway

      I am not superstitious, I think it's a tradition that carried on through centuries just like the tales of the full moon. If we believe it then it will be true. If we walk under that ladder and something unlucky happens shortly after it then becomes a bigger superstition. It spirals from there.

      I do know that some apartment buildings take out floor 13 and I think that when we as humans see this, it automatically becomes scary. So we make it in our heads as a superstition that must be true.

      As someone said it has history behind it.

      Its a great question to ask though and be very interesting to hear what experiences some will have behind the number 13

      thank you


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      thirteenbyeight 5 years ago

      To include King Arthur, as well, we could add the 13 Knights of the Round Table to this list.

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      Lena Kovadlo 5 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Interesting band name e-five. I wonder why the band called themselves The 13th Floor Elevators... what was the story behind the name?

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      John C Thomas 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois, USA

      I remember as a kid the first time I noticed the elevator I was in didn't have a 13th floor. My mother tried to explain it to me, and I found it mystifying. Also, in the 60s there was a band called The 13th Floor Elevators.

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      Lena Kovadlo 5 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Interesting comments shara63. Thank you for sharing.

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      Farhat 5 years ago from Delhi

      All numbers are made by God..and considering any number as Bad or unlucky means criticizing God and being unthankful towards him....all examples you pointed out here, proves that number has nothing to do with Luck but its your effort and will that brings you luck or badluck! .......Thankyou for sharing this powerful massage over here!

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      rauffray 5 years ago from BC, Canada

      No. I do not consider the number thirteen to be unlucky. I was born on the 13th of August. ☻ Interesting information well-shared, Lena. Thank you.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing. The number 13 is as unlucky as others choose to make it. To me it is just an interesting prime number with a unique history.