Paraskevidekatriaphobia

fear of the number 13

As most of you know by now I’m not the superstitious sort. I don’t believe in ghosts and goblins, omens or the guiding hand of fate. Things don’t happen for a reason, outside the reason we assign each happening thing. As such, Friday the 13th is just another Friday – which doesn’t suck – and just another #13 on my calendar.

Personally, I’m a fan of the #13. My Rams team won their only Super Bowl, to date, with a #13 as their quarterback. He’s now in the Hall of Fame. It’s a prime number, and those are always cool. Plus, it’s a happy number, and if you understand anything about me by now, you know I’m all about happy.

I understand the contempt of the number, though. So many things we’ve known are based on 12, that breaking the wall of dozens can be scary. There are 12 months in a year. 12 ounces in a standard beer. 12 hours in a day, 12 in a night. Jesus had 12 apostles. There are 12 eggs in a standard carton. The greatest QB of all time wears #12.

So, it’s scary to break the twelve barrier. I get that.

But, when you think about it, there are benefits to breaking through. The baker’s dozen was invented, essentially, to get one extra something free for every twelve purchased. We all wish there was an extra hour in a day, for production or relaxation. There were thirteen people hanging out in Jesus’ club, if you count Jesus himself as #13. Everybody loves more beer. Nobody likes the greatest QB of all time.

But I do. I like ol’ #12, and I like the #13, as well. Need more reasons why? I’ll give you 13:

  1. When we leave our childhood behind, for adolescence, we’re generally 13.
  2. After 12 years of primary and secondary education, we graduate to our 13th level of education.
  3. The Italians love it. 13 is their lucky number, and who doesn’t love Italians?
  4. Triskaidekaphilia is more fun to say than Triskaidekaphobia.
  5. There were 13 original American colonies, and America generally doesn’t suck.
  6. My favorite Antonio Banderas film is The 13th Warrior.
  7. Apollo 13 showcased Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise AND Ed Harris in some of their finest roles.
  8. There are 52 weeks in a year, which means each quarter-year, or standard season, has 13 weeks.
  9. The American flag still has 13 stripes on it.
  10. There are 13 Archimedean solids. Archimedean solids is also fun to say.
  11. “Once in a blue moon,” which denotes a generally fortunate but rare occurrence, gets its meaning from the rarish year when we are blessed with 13 moons instead of 12.
  12. 13 is an odd number, and odd numbers are more powerful and wise than even numbers.
  13. My wife likes the number 13.

If I had time to extrapolate, I’d give you 13 more reasons why I like Fridays. But I don’t think I have to. You already like Friday, for all the right reasons.

So have no fear today, my friends. Make this a day of celebration. Make every day of your life a day of celebration, if you can.

It’s not like you get 13 tries at this thing. 😏

Author: Tom Being Tom

Tom writes a blog. When he’s not doing that he’s usually hanging out with Mrs C, his wife of 20 years. Together, they have two beautiful, golden boys. Literally. The retriever kind. Tom recently started a novel and is a member of one of the largest social groups known to man.

His worldview was formed by the strange intermingling of comic book superheroes, socioeconomic politics, the Air Coryell offense, and an atheistic spiritual awakening.

He intends to save the world next Thursday.

17 thoughts on “Paraskevidekatriaphobia”

  1. Don’t forget about the 13 months of the year, the 13 delicious days of Shrimpmas, and the 13 Grand Refutations of Lord Ballyhoo the Unclean, presented on the steps of the Grand Buttress-Dome of the High Flurgton (much to his/her chagrin).

    There. Now this thing feels complete.

  2. This might be splitting hairs but a blue moon has nothing to do with a year. It’s simply a second full moon in a month. 2018 has two of them: Jan 31 and Mar 31.

    1. Very true, Bill, good knowledge! The presence of an extra full moon leads to 13 moons in a particular year (like next year!), but it isn’t an exact definition…

      Every once in a blue moon I use creative license in the name of brevity. 😉

  3. I love this! Mostly because I love TB12…as you mentioned the greatest QB. I have always felt that Friday the 13th is a lucky day…and it was, for me, a wonderful one! ☺️

    1. Awesome, good to hear, Ms Jane! I get a lot of hate around me for my love of TB12, which goes back to his Michigan days for me. Great QB … greatest of all time!

      … and this from a Rams fan … 😉

      Have a great week … glad you enjoyed my take on FT13!

  4. An address I used to have was 1313 – upon moving in there was a swarm of frogs – like a SWARM, you couldn’t walk without stepping on the poor things. Frogs are supposed to bring luck and so I always wondered if the swarm of frogs was there to override the 13s. Either way, I didn’t like living there so there so the frogs did not do their job.

    My cousin was born on Friday the 13th – he was like a brother to me, so I suppose there is one positive experience in my life with 13 😀

    Bravo to you, you obviously put a lot of thought into this post and I have never sat back and thought so much about the number 13 before.

    1. Thanks, glim! I suppose, sometimes, I really do have too much time on my hands. 😉

      But, honestly, one of my favorite things is to take a little something that’s commonly exalted, feared, promoted, or despised and break the common perception of it. I’m like the social crusader of meaningless data! 😂

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