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Posted in Numbers with tags , , , , , on May 13, 2013 by zero dinh

My thirteenth post! What should it be about?
The number 13… lucky or unlucky?
That of course depends on an individual’s perception.
From an early age we know 13 is an unlucky number. Long before Jason Vorhee put on a hockey mask and started hacking up campers, Friday the 13th was known to be the unluckiest day of the month.
Where did this all come from? Thirteen has long been considered as an unlucky number of people to have as dinner guest. This probably developing from two different stories. At the Last Supper in Christian theology, there were 13 dinner guests, so that number is unlucky because Christ was betrayed. And in Norse mythology, 12 benevolent gods were gathering in a hall and the evil god Loki attacked the group. Loki was the 13th guest, and the god Balder was killed in the melee.
So 13 dinner guest… not good. And from there we just ran with it.
Most hotel rooms do not have a 13th floor and some planes skip over the 13th row. And they do this because there are so many people who believe the number 13 to truly be unlucky. But of course the 13th floor or row is still there, we just don’t call it that. So is it really unlucky?
I’ve already said that I think numbers are important and that doesn’t make me a genius, scientific equations are full of numbers and our computer age is all about ones and zeros. Numbers are as important as air and water. But is the number 666 evil and is 13 unlucky? Only if you make them.

The number 13 once deemed unlucky has become a pop culture favorite. Many people have  a 13 tattoo and Friday the 13th is now often treated like a holiday. Many successful athletes have worn the number 13, if the number was so unlucky how could this be?

So perception is the key, if you don’t like a number and think it is unlucky, it is, stay away from it. But YOU get to choose. We make them lucky or unlucky for us, and once we do they seem to work accordingly. So pick your numbers and make them work for you!

And next Friday the 13th, try throwing a party, who knows? You might get lucky.

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