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Triskaidekaphobia

Updated on January 23, 2015

The Fear of the Number 13

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13.  We have all heard of it, and many have heard rumors as to its origin, but do we really know the extend to which this superstition reaches worldwide, and for how long this fear has existed?

From the vikings, to the disciples, to the Knights Templar, to the Lunar calendar, there are many theories of the origin of Triskaidekaphobia. The myriad of occurrences of 13 portrayed in a negative light have furthered the superstition to travel around the world and increase its intensity.

Let's dive into the mysterious number 13...

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Triskaidekaphobia

The Fear of 13

The word triskaidekaphobia comes from greek: 'tris' meaning 'three', 'kai' meaning 'and', 'deka' meaning 'ten', and 'phobia' as we know meaning 'fear'. It is the fear of the number 13.

A specific fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia.

Related phobias include arithmophobia or numerophobia, which is the general fear of numbers, and hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia the fear of the number 666. Also, Tetraphobia, is fear of the number 4, a number considered quite unlucky in Korea, China, and Japan.

If you are interested in the names of (many) other phobias, visit the Phobia List.

The Guide to the 13 Superstition

13: The Story of the World's Most Popular Superstition
13: The Story of the World's Most Popular Superstition

Lachenmeyer does a great job in this book of telling the full story of the number 13. Equal emphasis is put on the history of the 13 superstition and the modern manifestations of the superstition over time.

My favorite items included in this book are some graphics used by the Thirteen Club around the turn of the century. These simple hand drawn images are just amazing.

 
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th | Source

Occurrences and Examples of the 13 Superstition in Action

  • Many tall buildings have no floor numbered as "13". Check the elevator buttons to see if 13 has been omitted.
  • Some passenger airplanes skip 13 when numbering the rows of seating to avoid apprehension for the superstitious.
  • In Formula One and many other racing categories, no vehicle carries the number 13.
  • Hospitals and hotels routinely have no room number 13.
  • On streets in Florence, Italy, and in much of France the house between number 12 and 14 is addressed as 12 and a half.
  • In Scotland, none of the airports have a terminal 13. Instead they are given the terminal number 12B.
  • There is no sound stage numbered 13 at Universal Studios in California.
  • Microsoft skipped the name Office 13. Office 12 (a.k.a Microsoft Office 2007) was followed by the next release whose working title was Microsoft Office 14 (then renamed Office 2010).

Possible Origins of this Worldwide Phobia - Why are we afraid of 13?

  • Ancient man's counting method could be the very earliest cause of the 13 fear. Counting was done using ten fingers and two feet (presumably covered with a shoe). Anything beyond the countable 12 was deemed "unknown" and therefore suspect. In English, we have distinct names for the numbers one through twelve.
  • Perhaps the 13 superstition stems from the Last Supper. At that meal 13 people sat a the table. Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th to sit at the table. This may also be the cause for the superstition that if 13 people sit down to a meal, then one will die within the year.
  • The is a a Norse myth about 12 gods who had a dinner party at Valhalla, their heaven. A thirteenth - uninvited - guest attended the party. The 13th guest was the mischievous Loki. Once there, Loki tricked Hoder, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Balder the Beautiful, the god of joy and gladness, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow, killing him.
  • The thirteen superstition may also be linked to that fact that a luni-solar calendar has 13 months in some years, while the solar Gregorian calendar and lunar Islamic calendar always have 12 months in a year.

Thirteen: A Journey Into the Number

Thirteen: A Journey Into the Number
Thirteen: A Journey Into the Number

Cott's Thirteen: A Journey Into the Number is a bit different than Lachenmeyer's 13: The Story of the World's Most Popular Superstition in that it focuses more on numerology, sacred numbers, and tarot. Cott writes with humor and his narrative makes this book a fun one to read.

 

Does calling the thirteenth floor Floor 14 make it any less unlucky?

Does calling the thirteenth floor Floor 14 make it any less unlucky?
Does calling the thirteenth floor Floor 14 make it any less unlucky?
Finger Painting of the Number Thirteen
Finger Painting of the Number Thirteen | Source

Financial Impact of the Fear of Friday the 13th

The cost of paraskavedekatriaphobia / friggatriskaidekaphobia

"It's been estimated that [U.S] $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they would normally do," said Donald Dossey, founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Triskaidekaphobia Videos

How about you...

Many people change their activities for Friday the 13th out of a fear that the day us unlucky. Some people shy away from significant things they would normally be doing like flying, purchasing a home, purchasing a car, etc. Others don't even leave their house!

Would you schedule or altar your plans around Friday the 13th?

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The LUCKY Child 13

A surprising twist

With so much unluckiness about the number 13, it may be is surprising to some that superstitions say that 13 is not always unlucky. Those who are superstitious believe that children who are born on the 13th of any month shall be LUCKY in all of their ventures in life.

This is excellent news since I was one of those children!

Early American 13s (or so the British said)

As Printed in a London Newspaper in 1776

The number 13 came up many times surrounding the Americans at the time of the American Revolution. How much of this was intentional, versus coincidental, we will never know.

Thirteen is a number peculiarly belonging to the rebels. A party of naval prisoners lately returned from Jersey say that the rations among the rebels are thirteen dried clams per day; that the titular Lord Stirling takes thirteen glasses of grog every morning, has thirteen enormous rum-bunches on his nose, and that (when duly impregnated) he always makes thirteen attempts before he can walk; that Mr. Washington has thirteen toes on his feet (the extra ones having grown since the Declaration of Independence,) and the same number of teeth in each jaw; that the Sachem Schuyler has a top-knot of thirteen stiff hairs, which erect themselves on the crown of his head when he grows mad; that Old Putnam had thirteen pounds of his posteriors bit off in an encounter with a Connecticut bear, ('twas then he lost the balance of his mind); that it takes thirteen Congress paper dollars to equal one penny sterling; that Polly Wayne was just thirteen hours in subduing Stony Point, and as many seconds in leaving it; that a well-organized rebel household has thirteen children, all of whom expect to be generals and members of the High and Mighty Congress of the "thirteen United States" when they attain thirteen years; that Mrs. Washington has a mottled tom-cat, (which she calls, in a complimentary way, 'Hamilton,') with thirteen yellow rings around his tail, and that his flaunting it suggested to the Congress the adoption of the same number of stripes for the rebel flag.

Source: Journal of Captain Smythe R.A. January 1780

History of the Flag of the United States, 1880, by George Henry Preble (p. 264)

A Dictionary of Superstitions

A Dictionary of Superstitions (Oxford Quick Reference)
A Dictionary of Superstitions (Oxford Quick Reference)

The various superstitions surrounding the number 13 are just a slice of those that have been passed down from generation to generation around the world. From black cats to four leaf clovers to rabbits feet, it's all covered in this comprehensive guide to worldwide superstitions.

 

Why is FRIDAY the 13th especially unlucky? - (paraskavedekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia)

  • The Crucifixion took place on a Friday, linking the bad luck of 13 (from the last supper) to the misfortune of the next day, Friday.
  • The association of Friday the thirteenth with the arrest of Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, on Friday, October 13, 1307 by King Philippe IV of France has oftem been referenced as the origin of paraskavedekatriaphobia (Dan Brown included this in The Da Vinci Code), however this is a modern-day story.

The Thirteen Club

An effort to end the superstition

In 1881, a group of rationalists joined together in forming The Thirteen Club. Their goal was to debunk the 13-at-table myth by dining once a month with 13 at each table, to show that no more of them died than in any other group. Though it took a year to recruit the first 13 members, by 1887 The Thirteen Club was 400-strong, with five U.S. Presidents as honorary members.

A copy of Robert Green Ingersoll's toast at the December 13, 1886 dinner is available online. It ends with:

"We have had enough mediocrity, enough policy, enough superstition, enough prejudice, enough provincialism, and the time has come for the American citizen to say: "Hereafter I will be represented by men who are worthy, not only of the great Republic, but of the Nineteenth Century."

More Bizarre 13 Facts

  • There are traditionally thirteen steps leading up to a gallows.
  • In Tarot decks, the 13th card of the Major Arcana is Death. While Death is rarely interpreted literally, it is possible that this furthered the perception of 13 as an unlucky number.
  • On the 13th day of the Persian new year (Norouz), people consider staying at home unlucky, and go outside for a picnic in order to ward off the bad luck.
  • The Code of Hammurabi, a collection of laws, created circa 1760 BC, does not contain a thirteenth law.

Are you afraid of 13? or Friday the 13th?

Have you no fear at all?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very informative, thanks for sharing.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Afterthought: I didn't know if you knew this or not but when shooting the game of pool the orange striped 13 ball is usually the first or last ball to be sunk. At least it is with me. If it goes down first; the rest of the striped balls won't be jinked. If it goes down last; sinking the black (8) ball next is a cinch. Now that you know my little secret; wanna play pool? :-)

      I just thought it was a FYI you might like to know. Again, Thanks!

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Very informative lens. In answer to your questions above; NO FEAR!

      It is just another day to me. i didn't even know it was Friday the 13th until i checked the Activity page and found out. Oh well...just another day!

      Again, your lens is awesome because you mentioned all the examples where the number 13 is not used that i knew about. Thank You!

      Please; Pay It Forward!

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      laniparis 4 years ago

      One of my nephews was born on Friday the 13th. It's actually his 13th birthday in August. That could be spooky haha. I'm more afraid of whales and porcelain doll for some reason.

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      whodiesinthenew 5 years ago

      Great lens! Now I know the name of my fobia! LOL

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. My parents were married on Friday the 13th. I've never had any fear about the number 13 but that lady in the lemon or lime or whatever it is holding the Feb Fri 13 calendar is pretty scary. ;-) d

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      craigmitchell 5 years ago

      One of my friends was born on Friday the 13th and they're the luckiest person I know!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congrats on your LOTD. A well-written lens.

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      InSearchOf LM 5 years ago

      I don't remember ever having anything bad or unusual happen on a Friday the 13th. In fact, I remember it sometimes being a luckier day than other days. My son just had his birthday on this past Friday the 13th and it was a good day. :)

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      I try to think of Friday the 13 as any other day.My sister birthday was this past Friday April the 13 and one of her children was also born on the 13 Nov 13.

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I actually met my husband on Friday the 13th, and that seems to be working out. We consider it a lucky day!

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      StellaSingles 5 years ago

      I'm not too superstitious, but might still avoid the number 13 if I had the option. Cool lens.

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      giosuele 5 years ago

      Thanks to this lens today

      I learn something new... ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I made it through today...I just keep telling myself that 13 is actually my "lucky" number.

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      Matt Warren 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Cool lens :)

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      fish-oil-expert 5 years ago

      Great work. That's interesting about Hammurabi.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I think this is hooey. 13 is a fine number!

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      spelaspela 5 years ago

      at 13, my daughter was born, is my lucky day :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      No fear at all of the 13th anything or Friday the 13th. Just another day in la la land. I think you have some interesting ideas set forth here though and certainly lucky for you! Angel Blessings.

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      gypsykitschpres 5 years ago

      Do you remember the movie, Mr Margorium's Wonder Emporium, where they are jumping up and down on the bed and yell "triskaidekaphobia!" I LOVE that part. How funny to find out it means the fear of the number 13. Ah well, still love to say it. Too much fun. Great lens. I learned something new.

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      13 is my favorite number! Friday the 13th is always a good day cause its FRIDAY regardless! :P

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      It is 13 th April, so I'll be short... so I don't expect nothing wrong to happen but I keep a low profile as well... I am not going to invite the bad luck with too many activities around me... LOL Great lens and with a lot of history facts, stories I didn't know.

      Blessings

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      wpmedia 5 years ago

      Great lens! Very original and not a topic that is usually covered in depth. I'm not superstitious, but scared of heights :(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It seems to be a very lucky day for me. My father was born on Oct. 13, and my grandson was born on the very same date. I also had an appendectomy on Friday the 13th and have lived happily ever after!

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      monstarfitness 5 years ago

      Not afraid of the 13th I actually find it to be lucky usually

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      bwet 5 years ago

      a whole lot of information on friday the 13th! liked, Still.. not afraid of the number 13 though

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      I was born on Friday 13th so I guess I have to say it's a lucky day for me ... my hubby may tend to disagree though :-)

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      InfernalCombust 5 years ago

      I got married on a Friday the 13th. But I did get divorced a few years later. But I think that would have happened no matter what day I got married. I think people just notice bad things happening on the 13th, just the normal things that happen every day, but on Friday the 13th, they blame it on the date.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      No, I'm not afraid. Every day brings its challenges and triumphs.

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      I bet on lucky number 13

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      Very interesting, Although I don't personally have any superstitions. I do know many that suffer with it. I enjoyed your page. blessed.

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      Joan Hall 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I got married on the 13th of June, conceived my son on the 12th or 13th of August, and gave birth to him on the 13th of May. Thirteen has been very lucky for me so far, but the REALLY scary one is approaching now. Exactly one month from today, that same son is going to turn . . . 13 years old! HELP!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      No fear at all, just another day. Excellent work and congratulations on getting LOTD!

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      Not afraid. I kind of like it, it's special. It's supposed to be bad luck, but, i prefer to view it as lucky.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nope, not afraid at all! My son was born on the 13th, although it was a wednesday, periodically it falls on a friday. Our household considers 13 very lucky :-D. My house number is 513. Symbolizing my birthdate and my son's birthdate. My mortgage was finalized on the 13th (the first home I bought all by myself), as was my first purchase of a vehicle all by myself. I have a list somewhere around here of all the significant happenings in my life on the 13th, must find that sometime! Thank you much Kab - this 13th history is very very interesting to me! And........have a wonderful 13th, you lucky 13th baby!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      No worries here! It's my favorite number along with 7 to play in roulette. :)

      Congrats on LOTD! Very interesting lens, I learned something new. Blessed!

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      macsquared 5 years ago

      No fear at all, I actually feel like it's kind of a lucky day, or a touchstone of a day, anyway.

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      vividviolet 5 years ago

      this is just another day at work. In fact, Fridays have always been my favorite week day. And 13, maybe I just hate then when it's a Monday. Congrats on LOTD!

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      sponias lm 5 years ago

      There are many unexplained phenomena that justify the formation of superstitions about something. Iâm not afraid of 13 or Friday the 13th because nothing made me become afraid of them, but I donât think that itâs silly to be afraid of something. Fear is a protection. Phobias work like protective signs.

      I will bless your creation because even though I was in a hurry, when I saw that this lens was todayâs LOTD I immediately decided to visit it. This is an interesting topic. Thank you for your work!

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      bechand 5 years ago

      Ho-Lee-Crap

      I didn't know that the fear had a name ... Triskaidekaphobia

      (I can't wait till Squidoo gives me my avatar back - no offense, but I am sick of yours !) - Congrats on LOTD !

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great read! My dad was born on the 13th, so maybe that's why any Friday the 13th seems to be an especially favorable day for me, or so it seems. Guess it was favorable for you with this great LOTD!

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Afraid of the number 13? That's a little silly.

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      Tom Fattes 5 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I tend to be invigirated by Friday the 13th, probably since I am more of a contrarian than anything. Although, I was born on the 12th, I secretly celebrate my birthday on the 13th.

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      not at all,13 has always been lucky for me:)

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      jmatts1 5 years ago

      Timely lens, thanks for sharing all of the info regarding the number 13

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      No fear at all of Friday the 13th, or any 13s. Never knew there was an actual name for the phobia. Interesting!

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      coopaloopred 5 years ago

      I am not afraid of Friday the 13th or any other superstitious number or "theory". Lots of interesting info in your lens, and some very long words I couldn't pronounce! It is fun when your a kid to kind of take part in superstitions, and lots of good, scary movies have come from it!

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      No, I am not afraid of 13 or anything to do with it. In fact, I like the number. Great lens and congratulations on your award. Well deserving.

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      fotolady49 lm 5 years ago

      This is a great lens. Congrats on LOTD! I normally am not aware of it until it is brought to my attention. So far my day has been good. Now that I'm aware of it, I hope my luck doesn't change... I don't have a fear of the number 13. Maybe it is a matter of what we focus on. I better keep my focus on 13 being a good and lucky number.

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      Ales 5 years ago from Slovenia

      I like number 13, I think all other days is more unlucky for me ...

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      I don't fear 13 or Friday 13th. But I know many people do. In the city I live in Sector 13 has been omitted. But my friend house no. is 1313. He won't fear 13 saying that one 13 neutralizes the other 13. In the local language here 13 means 'yours'. So my friend would say it is 'yours yours' means it is in the name of God.

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      Incubators 5 years ago

      This was a perfect article for today... Thank you! I really enjoyed it!

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Not afraid of 13 at all. Great lens, though. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Triskaidekaphobia! What a mouthful! I'm not afraid of Friday 13th, although I did get married on the 13th - maybe I should reconsider my answer ;)

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      Mim Art 5 years ago

      Lucky 13! Brilliant lens! Loved it. Congrats on LOTD on Friday 13th! Good on you!

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      No, no fear of the number at all, but this is a great page...congrats on the LOTD and have a great weekend...if you make it through the 13th...lol

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      Hm, I try not to think about it that much. Today has been good to me, so far :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations on Friday the 13th being LotD, kab!

      Interesting how this number is a triskaidekaphobia.

      I do believe its a good #. ~ Blessed!

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      BubblesRFun 5 years ago

      I have no Fear of 13 actually i kind of like it:) great lens!!!

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Not afraid. I particularly like the pics of the numbered signs! congrats!

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      Forrest McKinnis 5 years ago from West Richland

      Very cool lens topic, especially for Friday the 13th.

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      GeoDitton 5 years ago

      To be honest I didn't even realise today was a Friday 13th until I went online, been a pretty good day all round so far. I'd never heard of people born on the 13th being lucky before. Grew up unfussed by Friday the 13th's because my Mum was born on the 13th and my parents married on the 13th (different month of course) and they're still together when most of their friends from round the same time have all separated. Seems a pretty good number really all things considered.

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      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

      To fear something, imply's it has power. I like the acrostic: False Evidence Appearing Real. And that's what Friday the 13 is!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I do notary work and had a busy day yesterday -- no one wanted documents dated Friday the 13th. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Kittycheer 5 years ago

      My mother always believed since there are 13 stripes in our flag, 13 was a lucky number.

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      Kittycheer 5 years ago

      My mother always believed since there were 13 stripes in our flag, 13 was a lucky number. :)

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      Occasiondresses 5 years ago

      I can't believe people are afraid of a number! I might go around saying the letter E is an unlucky letter. Maybe in years to come people will be afraid of it. :L

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Great LotD. I had never thought of Friday the 13Th until a few years back on Friday the 13Th I had put my daughter on a plane to see her uncle, her seat was #13 which I had them change. In the parking lot I was in #13. On the way to deliver to a customer it started to rain buckets, the car stopped and I was hit by another car. I remained in the hosp. for more than a month. So, it has taken some time to get over Friday the 13Th, but I do so with a smile. Just another day.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My little sister was born on Friday the 13th, in October even. She has flaming red hair and a good temper to match. I've always taken the Friday 13th days as lucky. I like to go out and do something to celebrate each one, even in just a small way.

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      hexadtraining 5 years ago

      13 has always been good to me. Im a lucky 13 child. Fantastic!!!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Thirteen is just another number and Friday the 13th is just another day. Any prejudice applied to the number or the day has been done by people for reasons of their own. Personally, my favorite application of thirteen comes in the form of a baker's dozen! Yum!

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      James20 5 years ago

      It is a good number for me because my son was born on that day.

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      coldsore lm 5 years ago

      Well done for getting lens of the day. Very topical as it's Friday 13th today. I wonder if Friday 13th is going to be on TV tonight....again?

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I'm not afraid because I was born on the 13th. Extremely interesting lens.

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      craftycrow 5 years ago

      Cool lens.

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      AustriaChick 5 years ago

      I just realized that it is Friday the 13th ... OOPS!

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      I say why push your luck. There are enough days in the month to mess with the 13th!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I use to be superstitious years ago, but that never gained me anything ;-) Fear does not come from God...if anything, I do fear Satan.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think when I was in my teens, it did have some influence, but I'm no longer superstitious in any way. Friday the 13th is just another day and the number 13 is just another number. Well done lens and congrats on LOTD...blessed! :)

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      Markstuffnmore 5 years ago

      13 is my lucky number!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Nah, no fear here. Congrats on lotd ;)

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      futurefocus57 5 years ago

      My son was born on the 13th of August...my luckiest day of all.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I'm not afraid of the number 13 or Friday 13th, but this is an interesting lens. Congratulations on LotD!!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD! Blessed this awesome, informative lens! :)

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      A lens worthy of the LOTD. Congrats. I've always loved Friday the 13th. I convinced myself as a kid that it was a lucky day. I think it being a Friday and having the weekend follow had something to do with it. lol Bear hugs, Frankster

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      GabrielaFargasch 5 years ago

      I actually love the number 13 and all odd numbers and prime numbers! :)

      Fun lens! :)

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      Pleased to give you your 100th Like for this page. Congratulations on LOTD. :)

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      April Wier 5 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh, I have "corporate" phobia, "burglar" phobia, and "kidnapping" phobia for my children -- then, I pray and try to put into action the idea of not feeding the fear.

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      edisonmindset 5 years ago

      reverse the curse i say best of L.U.C.K. great lens!

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      This is interesting. Thanks for explaining the theory behind this. I think we should cheer the underdog - go 13.

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! 13 is just a number but it is fun to read all the ways people avoid it. I'll go grab my black cat and walk under a ladder now.

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      Gale 5 years ago from Texas

      In the Bible, did you know the chapter on love (the one that says "Love is patient, love is kind..." is in Corinthians 13, and that chapter has 13 verses? I like the number 13 for various reasons, especially now since my firstborn was born on the 13th. Also, there was a very special Friday the 13th from when I was a child...the whole story is here: http://texifornia.blogspot.com/2010/08/friday-13th...

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      I was born on a Friday the 13th. Just a normal day. Blessed.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      No I am not. Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day!!!

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      LOTD! Well done!

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      Nope, never had anything bad happen to me on Friday the 13th.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Lens. Glad it was LOTD! I always thought that 13 kind of turned my usually horrible luck around. At least temporarily. I still wouldn't do anything big... I don't want to go that far. ;)

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      Congratulations on the LOTD. Hoping 13 is not too unlucky for me as I am going celebrating tonight :P

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      My daughter was born on October 13th - thankfully we don't worry about that hokey stuff :o) I will say I always thought it was hilarious that hotels and other places skipped it when numbering floors since 14 is just 13 in disguise (so silly). Great lens and congratulations on a well-deserved LoTD!

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      DuncanBoud 5 years ago

      I agree with glockr, to me 13 is a lucky number!

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      ferginarg lm 5 years ago

      Great lens topic, I enjoyed reading that. In Argentina they have Black Tuesday which is when the 13th falls on a Tuesday and they don't consider Friday the 13th as anything other than a normal day.

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      The Gutter Monkey 5 years ago

      Congrats on getting LOTD. Must be your lucky day!

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Thank you for your informative articles!

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      I'll stay at home, thank you!

      Congrats! Well deserved.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Fun lens. I'm not superstitious but I do know people who are uber cautious on this day :)

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD :)

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Unique information

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      Lenses_For_Sale 5 years ago

      Nice lens!! Congrats on LOTD!!

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      linkreggie 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens about the number 13. Actually, I really believe in this kind of superstitious belief.. Nothing will loss to you if you believe!.

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      Timsmansmall 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD!

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      fish-oil-expert 5 years ago

      I think I'll have 7 years bad luck just for reading this page. :)

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      dumutu 5 years ago

      I used to, but not anymore. To me 13 is just a number. All people have their own luck, it's not even related to any number :) I like number 13, sum is 4 (my fav number). Just think in positive way always, you'll get all the luck you want :)

      Nice lens, thanks for sharing :)

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      glenbrook 5 years ago

      I've always thought of 13 as my lucky number.

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      SophiaStar LM 5 years ago

      This is very interesting! I loved learning about all the facts and lore behind the number 13. My favorite is the Lucky 13 as my darling nephew was born on that day:)

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I am not afraid of 13 or Friday the 13th. Great lens, I learned even more about this superstition and the fear of 13.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      These are some very interesting facts about the number 13. I didn't even realize today was Friday the 13th until I saw your lens. Looks like your day turned out lucky with LoTD...Congratulations!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      My world seems closely related to the number 13. My address contains two 13s in it and my husband was born on Friday the 13th. Fortunately though today is April 8th Easter Sunday and I have just stopped by to wish you a very happy Easter. Best of wishes.

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens! Another interesting fact about the number 13: For muslims that's not a bad number at all, quite the contrary -it's a lucky number, according to my muslim friend. Funny, eh?

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      What a fascinating lens! This lens has been blessed by the maths angel and added to my best maths resources lens.

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      tealmermaid 6 years ago

      What a fun lens idea!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      I turned 13 on Friday the 13th, and I'm still here 13 years later!

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      Sarah Switalski 6 years ago from Iowa

      I was born on the 13th! I didn't know that made me lucky! Great lens! You have been blessed by an angel and added to my angel lens :)

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I am not superstitious, but I remember once I lived in a building on the 13th floor, but it was called in fact the 14th floor! I found that rather amusing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      if u have the 666 fear then u mite block the channel 666 and former pres. reagen had his LA house # changed from 666 to 668! i think that's soo interesting

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Thirteen is no big deal to me, and to a friend of mine it's quite fortunate. He's the 13th child in his very large family, and he married his bride on August 13 (seven years ago, so this year their anniversary was on Friday the 13th. It's a popular clip art search every time one comes 'round the calendar.

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      Kate Phizackerl1 6 years ago

      I love 13!

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      MediaMogul1 6 years ago

      Not really superstitious about the number or the date, but I didn't realize that there was so much avoidance of the number outside the U.S. "Liked" the lens.

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      Laniann 7 years ago

      No, I'm not afraid of Friday the 13th. I never really think about it when the day comes up just carry on as usual.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      It is religious. It is the fear of departing the love ones. Reminds us of Jesus last supper with his twelve disciples. It was on that friday before his crucifixtion that he surrounded himself with his twelve disciples for his last supper with them. It was very scary for him, and for his disciples. And further more it was his bad luck.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      What a fun topic. Funny thing is that I am quite a superstitious person, but 13 doesn't get to me. Some really interesting facts here. I had heard many, but I didn't know about house numbers 12.5 or the steps to the gallows. Squid angel blessed.

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      GREAT topic for a lens! Here's one I've heard that you don't have listed: it goes back to the Exodus. The 10th plague (the death of the firstborn of Egypt) and subsequent exodus of the Hebrews took place on the 14th of the month. But the Hebrews counted the 14th of the month starting at sundown the previous day, so for the Eyptians it was still the 13th. This theory isn't original with me; I've read it a couple of places so I thought I'd throw it in the mix!

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      Oosquid 8 years ago

      "Hello Boss, I can't make it in to work today, I'm suffering from friggatriskaidekaphobia" What an interesting lens. 5 stars a favoritized.

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      Sniff It Out 8 years ago

      Very Interesting lens and a good read. Personally I am not superstitious about it but I know somebody that will only get out of bed to go to the bathroom when it is Friday 13th! 5*****

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Aaron - I feel for you man. I really do. But there comes a point when you have to make your own luck. Try to reject the attitude of fate has done this to you and adopt an attitude of improvement. Actually children born on the 13th of any monthy are said to be LUCKY in all of their ventures in life. Go out and start a lucky 'venture'.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I was born on October 13th 1976, my 13th birthday was on Friday October 13th. Do I have bad luck YES! I never knew my real Mother she died I got to meet her once at 22 years old, just found out I wil not be given financial aid for college so any reason for having pride now is out the door. I have spent almost everybirthday since I was 17 alone no party because no body remembers.My brother's birthday is on the 14th of February and he's the girl getter I haven't had a girlfriend is so long or long to the point where family members think I'm gay nope the Sodimiser in Germany took care of that.All I can do these days is look in the mirror now days and wonder WHY did God make someone like me or where is this God so can tell him a few choice words.Do I think there is bad luck under my birthday DAMN RIGHT I DO!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Very well done lens! 5*'s I will say that the superstition is older than Jesus, so that reason is unlikely.

      I read once, something along the lines of your 12 month reason. There are 13 months in a woman's year and thus it is really about the fear of women, something that is way older than Jesus.

      Well done!

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      EelKat13 9 years ago

      LOL! What a great lens! I was born on the 13th and my grandmother was terrified of 13, so she told everybody my birthday was on the 12th instead. She'd always get me a big colorful book for my birthday and she'd write in HUGE letters across the first page: *Happy Birthday Wendy, Love Grammy, August 12th* LOL! There was no reason for her to add the date at the end like that, except that she wanted me to change my birthday to the 12th.

      She wasn't the only relative that thought like this, so I grew up with a lot of fear of 13 around me, and as a result, by the time I was a teenager I had made the # 13 my *trademark*. I started collecting things with 13s on them, and I painted 13s all over my denim jacket, and had a sweat shirt with a big 13 on it. It was great, cause so many people wouldn't get near me when I wore it. LOL! I was amazed that some many people were scared of a silly number!

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Wow, I had no idea there was a name for this!

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      religions7 9 years ago

      Good subject, and timely :)

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      Christene-S 9 years ago

      I just lensrolled this to my "5" lens. :)

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