Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The Mystery Behind the Number 13 : Facts About 13

Around the world, there are many myths, believes, and legend that is countless. For rationalist people, these legends should be disappeared along with the modernization today.
The number 13 may be considered unlucky because there were 13 people, Christ and the 12 Apostles, present at the Last Supper.

 In some countries, it’s still considered unlucky to have 13 people at a table.
 There’s even a name for the fear of the number 13, triskaidekaphobia!

But, this is unproved. One of legend, myth, or believes is the unlucky number of 13. In many buildings or hotels in China and America, there is no floor 13. It is known as unlucky number. They jump from number 12 directly to 14. The houses between number 12 and 14 is addressed as 12 ½ Then, why are number 13 is unlucky number?

The insertion of symbol number 13 is happen in the symbol of United States of America. The seal of United States of America contains of two sides that is fully note with number 13. 13 arrows, 13 olive seed, 13 leaves in bird’s right foot, 13 starts in the head of the eagle symbolized stars of David, and others. However, number 13 is still being mystery in the world today.

Many people believe that a Friday that falls on the thirteenth day of the month is an unlucky day. Have you ever wondered why? It’s easy, both Friday and the number 13 are considered unlucky.

Muslims regard Friday as the holiest day of the week although Friday has long been considered an unlucky day in many countries. The day may be unlucky for the Christians because Christ died on Friday. According to the Bible, Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent on a Friday, and the Great Flood of Noah’s time began on Friday. In some countries, Friday was the day for the execution of criminals.
In England, the government tried to prove how silly the superstition about Friday building a ship called the Friday. The ship was built starting on a Friday, and launched on a Friday. It sank on its first voyage!

Apollo 13 was the only unsuccessful mission by the United States of America intended to land humans on the moon. The explosion of an oxygen tank on April 13, 1970 sent the flight crew and ground crews into several days of intense survival mode. All three astronauts returned safely to Earth. Although the primary objective of the mission failed, it is one of the most famous and inspiring space adventures in the history of the planet Earth.

Also remember, The Columbia Space Shuttle was sent into space on 1-16-2003 (1+1+6+2+0+0+3 = 13). The shuttle exploded during re-entry and all its crew members died.

Recent Fact – Even Microsoft has skipped The Number 13: Microsoft Office 2007, the predecessor of Microsoft Office 2010, is version 12. Office 2010 will be version 14, skipping version 13, the number that Microsoft assumes may be not so lucky. [Microsoft to launch Office 2010 this year]




  1. An interesting sum up of everything. Though I;ve read about it in bits and pieces, nice to see it all in one place.

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