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Triskadekaphobia, Is the number 13 Good Luck for Left Handed People

Updated on April 5, 2013

Number Thirteen

The fear of the number 13. How can a simple number cause so many people to tremble with fear? How can a simple number become such a phobia?

Why is the number 13 considered bad luck? Superstition is my thought. Superstition can cause you to do strange things, can cause a person to fear anything. Superstition creates phobias which in turn causes people to not walk under ladders, throw salt over their shoulder, and be so afraid they won't come out of their house.

How did the number 13 become a phobia?

The Last Supper

 I have heard that the number 13 being bad luck is from the Last Supper.  There were 13 people at the last supper.  Judas was the last to arrive.  He was the one that betrayed Jesus, then he killed himself.

That is why you never have 13 people at a dinner parity.  If there is 13 people then one will die within the year, usually the last person to arrive.

Born on the 13th

 I have heard that people born on the 13th are rebellious, have a lot of enemies and are loners.  They have trouble getting along with people.

Some people born on the 13th:

  • Alfred Hitchock
  • Fidel Castro
  • Thomas Jefferson


Other Bad Luck Associated With the Number 13

Buildings do not have a 13th floor.  The floors go from 12 to 14.  In reality there still is a 13th floor.

Usually there isn't a 13th street or 13th avenue.  No 13 address.  Hotels do not have a room 13.  They have a 3, 23, 33, 43, etc. but no 13.  Makes you want to go to a hotel and see for yourself.

But---the number 13 is good luck for left handed people.  Guess who is left handed!!


Guess what my lucky number is? If you said 13 you are right. Maybe that is because I am left handed. How many people are afraid of the number 13 or going out on Friday the 13th? When my son was in high school he was driving to school and had a terrible accident. It was on Friday the 13th. It took him a long time to be able to go anywhere on Friday the 13th.

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


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    • Anaya M. Baker profile image

      Anaya M. Baker 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      I'd heard about the fact that buildings skip the 13th floor, but not hotels or streets. Interesting!


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