Sunday, October 5, 2008
How Unlucky Is #13? ..Ask OJ
If what I heard is true, perhaps OJ will become Triskaidekaphobic.
Triskaidekaphobia (from Greek tris=three, kai=and, deka=ten) is an irrational fear of the number 13;( it is a superstition and related to a specific fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia.) according to Wikipedia.
It is said on the 13 th anniversary of Nicole and Ron's horrific murder he was found guilty of various crimes for which he was charged in Nevada.It was said the jury deliberated for 13 hours.,probably 1300 Thousands of people thought he murdered his wife and her friend those 13 years ago.It appears the number is not a lucky one for the former football hero.
Where did this superstition about 13 come from?.
It has roots in both Pagan and Christian beliefs..The Mesopotamian Code of Hammurabi (ca. 1760 BC) does not include 13 in its numberedlist ooof contents,.Thius, indicating the superstition existed long before the Christian era.
Ancient Persians believed the twelve constellations in the Zodiac controlled the months of the year, and each ruled the earth for a thousand years at the end of which the sky and earth collapsed in chaos. Therefore, the thirteenth is identified with chaos and the reason Persian leave their houses to avoid bad luck on the thirteenth day of the Persian Calendar. A tradition called Sizdah Bedar.
Christian leaders thought as there were 13 seated at The Last Supper,this was unlucky
.Some said that a witches coven in those times was 12 with the Devil being 13,
An old Norse tale also has a reference to bad related to 13
.In 1881, an influential group of New Yorkers led by U.S. Civil War veteran Captain William Fowler came together to put an end to this and other superstitions. They formed a dinner club, which they called the Thirteen Club. At the first meeting, on Friday 13 January 1881 at 8:13 p.m., 13 people sat down to dine in room 13 of the venue. The guests walked under a ladder to enter the room and were seated among piles of spilled salt. All of the guests survived. Thirteen Clubs sprang up all over North America for the next 40 years. Their activities were regularly reported in leading newspapers, and their numbers included five future U.S. presidents, from Chester A. Arthur to Theodore Roosevelt. Thirteen Clubs had various imitators, but they all gradually faded from interest as people became less superstitious
However it is still unteresting that*
In the US and Canada, many tall buildings do not have a floor numbered 13.
Many apartments and other buildings use M as the thirteenth floor (12, M, 14) because it is the thirteenth letter in the English alphabet. M can also stand for "mezzanine", regardless of the floor, though mezzanines are not usually thought of as being on upper floors like the thirteenth.
* In Kerala (India), The Kerala High Court building has not assigned Number 13 to any of its courtrooms.
* In the Philippines, The Makati City Hall had number 33 as the 13th floor instead of 13
* Some airport terminals do not have gates numbered 13.
* On some passenger aircraft, such as those of Continental Airlines, Air NewZealand, Alitalia, and Meridiana, there is no seating row numbered 13
* So far, there has been no F-13 Aircraft, with the F-14 succeeding the F-12
Numerologists consider the number 12 a complete number for several reasons: the number of apostles, the total number of tribes in Israel, the number of months in a year, the number of Olympian gods, the zodiac signs and Hercules' labours. 13's association with bad luck is the simple, unavoidable fact that it exceeds a complete number by just one.
Another modern myth about this unfortunate number claims that if you have 13 letters in your name you will have the devil's luck. So is it a coincidence that the following characters reflect this trait?
Jack the Ripper Charles Manson Jeffrey Dahmer Theodore Bundy... Albert De Salvo
Interesting for a fading superstition.....
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/superstitions2.html Sports And The Number 13