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13 reasons why we should hail the number 13


This will be hub number 13 for me and let me confess, I have no triskaidekaphobia . You know-that fear of the number ‘13’. Nor am I plagued with friggatriskaidekaphobia . As you have probably already guessed, that is a fear of Friday the 13th. Not that I watch Friday the 13th movies, mind you. But, that isn’t because I’m afraid of the number. It’s my general fear of horror movies. I’m a bit of a wimp that way, even when those horror movies are filled with a ridiculous plot and script.

This hub is a celebration of sorts-reaching that lucky number 13. Therefore, I decided to honor the occasion by listing 13 wonderful things that surround the number 13. These are not listed in any particular order, unlike David Letterman’s ‘list of 10’, and one does not carry any more weight than another. So, here we go:

August 13, 2010 falls on a Friday

August 13, 2010 falls on a Friday

Friggatriskaidekaphobian's Beware!

1. 2010 Calendar- Mark your calendars because in this very month of August we will experience our only Friday the 13th for 2010. Beware all who suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia. Oh, and just in case you’re experiencing brain freeze from this news, it falls on the thirteenth.

13 cards per suit in a deck of 52

13 cards per suit in a deck of 52


2. A deck of cards-I grew up in a family of card players and we learned to count by playing cards. If you are curious, as I was, about who invented cards, you will find that it is a mixed review. One source states it was the Chinese, in the 9th century. Another source states it was the Egyptians. A third source states it was invented by the Persians who brought it to the Chinese, who then sent it over to the Egyptians. From there it landed in Europe for some tweaking by the French, and today we have a standard deck of 52, black and red, 13 of four suits including royalty and numbered cards.

Now, if you ‘Google’ card games you will find, as I did, oodles of versions of card games. So, rather than name all of them, (trust me, I had no real intention to do that), I will share with you thirteen of the games I played as I was growing up. They are: Go Fish, Crazy 8’s, War, Spoons, Euchre, Canasta, Rummy, Gin Rummy, Solitaire, Hearts, Slapjack, Blackjack, and Poker.

Happy Birthday to those born on the 13th of the month

Happy Birthday to those born on the 13th of the month


3. Famous Birthdays-These lucky people were born on the thirteenth of the month. That means that throughout their lifetime they will have a Friday the 13th birthday. Let’s hope they are not superstitious.

January: My granddaughter, Grace. At three she is not famous yet, but one proud grandmother can only hope.

February: Chuck Yeager, (1923), broke the sound barrier in flight.

March: Neil Sedaka, (1939), singer, songwriter, record producer.

April: Thomas Jefferson, (1743), one of the founding fathers and our third President.

May: Stevie Wonder, (1950), singer-songwriter.

June: Tim Allen, (1953), comedian and actor.

July: Harrison Ford, (1942), actor.

August: Alfred Hitchcock, (1899), English filmmaker/producer: psychological thrillers.

September: Milton Hershey, (1857), founder of the Hershey Chocolate company.

October: Paul Simon, (1941), singer-songwriter.

November: Whoopie Goldberg, (1949), comedian and actress.

December: Taylor Swift, (1989), singer-songwriter.

'Lucky Seat'

'Lucky Seat'


4. Taylor Swift and her Lucky 13- Since we ended with this young singer’s birthday, we will start with her next. She uses the number 13 as a lucky omen. Whenever she gets an award she claims she is sitting in either the 13th seat, the 13th row or in the row ‘M’, which, as she states, “…is the thirteenth letter of the alphabet”. Yee gads, one can just feel the sweetness oozing through her words. All joking aside, I like her music and my nephew was kind enough to drop her CD: Fearless , my way this Christmas. Oh, and less I forget to mention, she also made gold on her first album in, (you guessed it), thirteen weeks. Will the coincidences never end?



5. Movies-I could have easily filled the list of thirteen with at least twelve from the Friday the 13th series. Number ‘13’ is reputed to be coming out on Friday, August 13th. For variety I give you the following list, my preference being comedy:

Friday the 13th


Assault on Precinct 13 13

13 Going on 30

13 Days

Thirteen Women

Apollo 13

13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil

Friday the 13th…the Orphan

Dementia 13

The 13th Day

13th Warrior



6. Math-the number 13 is a Prime number. It’s a match: my age is a ‘prime’ # also, just not in the mathematical sense of the word.

7. Science-Aluminum, (AL), is the lucky element that sits in the 13th seat of the periodic table holding 13 electrons and 13 protons. The discovery in 1808 is attributed to Sir Humphry Davy, an English chemist. It has properties of being light, soft, malleable, and corrosion resistant. At my age anything ‘corrosion resistant’ is appealing. What do we use it for? Almost everything we have in the house, from wiring to cookware, appliances, microwaves and computers; cans of food; aircraft and autos.

President Lincoln advocated for the abolition of slavery

President Lincoln advocated for the abolition of slavery

8. History I-Thirteen is the number of the original colonies formed way back when. It is also the number of the original flag: 13 stars and 13 stripes.

9. History II-The 13th Amendment-This is a ‘13th’ listing that is very fortunate indeed. The 13th Amendment placed into law the abolishment of slavery. Accepting this amendment to the original Bill of Rights changed the course of history.



10. Philosophy-Ben Franklin was a man of many talents. Writing a list of thirteen virtues he hoped it would serve as a guideline for him and others. Number 13 states: humility. A wonderful virtue to aspire to. Beside the word he added, ‘imitate Jesus and Socrates’. Jesus, I can assume, for his loving kindness, mercy and compassion. Socrates, for his wisdom, logic and reason. A beautiful combination of head and heart.

11. Religion-As we segue from Jesus to religious coming of age, I am aware that many cultures and religions hold rites of passage at the age of thirteen. In the Jewish community young men become a Bar Mitzvah at age 13, reading from the Torah, while in the Catholic community, candidates become a ‘soldier of Christ’ through the sacrament of confirmation.



12. Food-I always enjoy the subject of food. So, if I can fit it anywhere into my hub, I will. How does ‘13’ fit into food? It’s the baker’s dozen of course. A baker’s dozen is that ‘extra’ product thrown in for good measure.


13. Turning 13-What does turning 13 mean? When I was growing up, long ago…it meant something special. Our elementary school housed K-6 grades, so it meant a transition to junior high school. At age thirteen you were no longer in ‘childhood’-you had moved onto that next level of ‘teen-hood’.

It was a time of realization for me about life and what awaited me in the future. Not the ‘far future’ of college and career. More the immediate future, like who were my friends, what did I value, and what beliefs did I stand up for.

At thirteen, I had a core group of friends, I taught myself to play the guitar, and I took ballet lessons at the local studio. At thirteen, I was shy and insecure about myself. At thirteen I rode horses, climbed trees and gazed into the dark, star filled sky wondering about God. At thirteen I had a deep, meaningful connection with that God that has not wavered.


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Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on January 31, 2015:

Hi Poetryman6969, Thanks for your feedback. When you take something 'ordinary', such as a number, sometimes you have to take it apart to see what else it reveals...

poetryman6969 on January 30, 2015:

Some very interesting facts about the number 13. For some reason, I never thought about a deck of cards that way. Good luck to you!

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on June 13, 2014:

Hi Linda, yes, please take that TS fact and add it to your awesome TS hub. I have great admiration for that girl! Thanks for visiting the hub and I chuckled about the 13th hub comment...something up my alley to say! lol

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on June 13, 2014:

Very cool hub, it's actually the 13th hub I read today on Friday the 13th. Not really, but I was caught up with the 13th theme :) I didn't know that tidbit of info about Taylor Swift...I'm going to add that to my TS facts hub. Thank you!!

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on September 13, 2013:

Hi Nicole S-good for you for not being afraid of that number. :) My youngest granddaughter was born on the 13th of January-a Friday that year. :) Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on September 12, 2013:

Great hub! I was both born and married on the 13th, so I think it's a pretty good number too :)

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on May 11, 2012:

Hi ThriftyBoomer-glad you enjoyed it. It was interesting and fun to write! I like to challenge myself that way at times.

ThriftyBoomer on May 10, 2012:

This is an interesting hub. Thanks, I enjoyed reading it.

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on May 01, 2012:

Thanks Cyndi! I appreciate your enthusiasm, haha. :)

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on May 01, 2012:

Really fun hub! Now I know more about "13" than I ever thought possible. :) Voting this up and sharing. I see that you're at 993 followers. Let's get you to 1000! :D

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on April 30, 2012:

Daisy-this was such a fun article to write. Thanks for your comments and sharing. I don't have a problem with the number 13 either. But, it is amazing how some hotels and office buildings skip the number...oh heck, who are they kidding? People can still count! haha.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on April 30, 2012:


What an interesting article! I've never had a problem with the number 13.

Several years ago, I worked in an office building that had 13 floors. The floor after the 12th floor was numbered *14* rather than 13.

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on January 27, 2012:

Thanks, it was fun researching and writing. Nice to meet you.

freelanceauthor on January 27, 2012:

Interesting hub, voted up

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on October 18, 2011:

Hi acaetnna-how nice to have you visit this older hub of mine. It was a fun hub to write! Thanks for your comments.

acaetnna from Guildford on October 18, 2011:

The number 13 has always been very special for me and SO is your hub. Voting up and pressing all of the appropriate buttons too!

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on May 14, 2011:

Hi Kitty-glad you enjoyed the fun filled facts of the #13. I'm sure there are plenty more ...

My youngest granddaughter was born on January 13th (a few yrs ago) which was also a Friday.

Thanks for the visit and comments.

Kitty Fields from Summerland on May 14, 2011:

Denise - wonderful idea for a hub...more specifically because I was born on a Friday the 13th, one dreary Friday the 13th in December. I have always particularly loved the number thirteen for that reason and it has served as a sort of lucky number for me throughout my years. Voted up and awesome!

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on May 14, 2011:

Funny. Yes, I actually reposted this hub to my FB page to remind people of this awesome event. Not too often we get that combo. Have you read RedElf's hub about Friday the 13th? It's the story of the newbie nominations for the hubnugget award. Very clever.

January Moon from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga on May 14, 2011:

Yesterday was Friday the 13th, and I was like, "bring it on, no fear" like really, its just a number :)

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on May 02, 2011:

Cool comment, Sholland-didn't think of that one. :) Thanks for 'digging' through my hubs to find this one and read it. Enjoy your week.

Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on May 02, 2011:

Denise, I love this hub! I was born on the 13th and have never had a problem with the number either. I also thought of it as a lucky number rather than an unlucky one because it could represent Jesus and the 12 Disciples.

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on April 18, 2011:

Wow, thanks for your compliment, Steve. I appreciate it. It was fun to research and pull it together. Just time consuming, but fun.

Stevennix2001 on April 18, 2011:

Pretty entertaining hub, as I had no idea there was so many fun facts to know about the number 13. I can't imagine how much thought process went into this hub, as it's definitely by far one of the most creative that I've seen on this site. :)

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on April 17, 2011:

Hi Twilight, Thanks for visiting and reading this hub. Your comments are great! LOL I had a fun time writing it and thinking of the special qualities of the #13. My dad was a brainiac with Math. I struggled in lower grade school through h.s. especially with 'story' problems-logic, but I ended up taking math in college including trigonometry and feel quite confident with helping my nephew with his homework.

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on April 17, 2011:

Hi, Denise. Thank you for finding me through Mark and Winnie-ther-Pooh, and I'm glad I found you.

I love the number thirteen and it has always has a special meaning for me. I was born on the 26th of September, 1939... So??? 26 is twice 13 39 is thrice 13

and as a little boy, if I found any number was divisible by 13 it made me so happy. I don't know why... just a child thing. But I spent so much time finding the factors of numbers, that I eventually turned out to be a Maths teacher with a Diploma in the Teaching of mathematics.

Thank you 13 (the 6th prime number)!

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on March 05, 2011:

Hi emily-thanks for visiting the hub. Yes, I could not resist adding Ms Taylor to my Number 13 hub, LOL

emilybee on March 04, 2011:

Very nice hub and I love the Taylor reference! I forgot how lucky she is with that 13 =)

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on February 06, 2011:

Hi Vishki-Thanks. It was a lot of FUN making the hub and researching all of the special things about the number 13. Thanks for your comments.

VISHKI on February 06, 2011:

Nice topic. Different and cool. 13th hub on number 13.

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on December 29, 2010:

Hi Sally-welcome to hubpages. Thanks for leaving a comment-glad you enjoyed. :)

Truckstop Sally on December 29, 2010:

Like many of your other fans, 13 is my lucky number too. I remember fondly the days when I would fill my car with $13 worth of gas. Gone are those days!

Thanks for the fun hub!

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on December 07, 2010:

Thanks! Same to you. :)

richtwf on December 07, 2010:

Thanks Denise for leaving your kind comment and I've just linked your hub to mine.

Cheers and God bless!

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on December 06, 2010:

Hi Papernotes-glad to see you stopped by for a read-this hub has been laying dormant for awhile. Lucky for you the number 13 is not unlucky, hee hee.

Rich-how very interesting-you and I must be of similar mindsets. I'm heading over to read your take on the number (100 and...) 13, LOL Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

richtwf on December 06, 2010:

An interesting 13th hub and oddly enough I also wrote about the number 13 yesterday! I wrote a poem about that integer but more of the sinister and inauspicious side of it! I'm glad to see that you took the positive angle rather than my negative angle! lol My reason for writing about it - because it was my 113th hub.

Cheers for sharing and God bless you!

PaperNotes on December 05, 2010:

Contrary to what other believe that number 13 is unlucky, for me it is not. It is one of my favorite numbers, in fact.

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on November 04, 2010:

Yes, QS, that won't ever be disputed by me. It's a fact that we humans fear a great many things. It is an interesting phenomenon. I love humor and enjoy putting a positive spin on a subject that can be experienced by many as uncomfortable in hopes to 'lighten' it up. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment on this hub. :)

quicksand on November 03, 2010:

Still there are many who fear the number thirteen, and would avoid it whenever possible. :)

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on October 25, 2010:

Morning Ken--thanks for finding this buried hub and reading it. It was fun to dig up the facts and set it up this way. :)

Dr Ken Romeo on October 25, 2010:

Ha! Ha! Ha!

What a great hub. Refreshing and informative content.

Great concept for an article. Thanks

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on October 07, 2010:

Thanks, KK Gals- I appreciate you dropping by to read the hub. I had fun (obviously) writing it and challenging myself to pull those bits of '#13' info from various resources.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on October 07, 2010:

very interesting hub. 13 has always been my lucky number. I enjoyed your sense of humor.

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on September 17, 2010:

Greetings to you, fellow hubber, maheshpatwal. So nice of you to stop by and give this hub a read. I'm glad to hear you got a chuckle or two from it. Namaste. Enjoy the w/e.

maheshpatwal from MUMBAI on September 15, 2010:

Denise you have very nicely presented the fear of Friday the 13th in most comic way........ Thank you for all your efforts and writing this funny hub......

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on August 27, 2010:

Lena, that's funny. Just 'bookmark' the site and you can quickly refer back to it if / when you need to. I'm trying to recall if you were planning to write a hub about phobias?

I had to check those words out carefully when I rewrote them. Can't bring them up when I talk to others though. I'm happy I can repeat: aracnaphobia. LOL

Thanks for stopping in to read the work. :)

Lena Kovadlo from Staten Island, NY on August 27, 2010:

Interesting hub. Has some nice information in it. Thanks for sharing.

Oh and thanks to this hub I just learned two new words - the phobia ones. Remembering them will be a challenge though.


Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on August 17, 2010:

Thanks Shawn-I appreciate your comments. Back to you re: reading your hubs. :)

Shawn Scarborough from The Lone Star State on August 17, 2010:

This is a very interesting hub. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading more of your hubs.

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on August 13, 2010:

Greetings, Seafarer Mama, I loved your feedback! LOL Made my day. Glad you read it...thanks. Just read your profile and I think you and I have much in common. Stay in touch. :)

Karen A Szklany from New England on August 13, 2010:

Hi Denise,

Just had to read this hub on Friday the 13th. Very informative and witty article. :0) I don't like those horror movies, either...nothing that makes one afraid is very good. The "Baker's Dozen" concept is one of my favorites, having a penchant toward loving to bake myself, especially with my little girl.

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on August 08, 2010:

Hi Blaise25- Nice to see you've stopped by. I'm glad you learned some new information from my hub, :) It was a fun hub to investigate. I like to take different angles for presenting info. Thanks for your comments.

Fehl Dungo from close to you... on August 07, 2010:

This is so interesting and very informative. I never knew those things. You're one smart woman :)

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on August 07, 2010:

Hi fetty, thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it. :)

fetty from South Jersey on August 06, 2010:

Very unique and fun hub. Denise it reads very well , not laborious or long, so stop worrying so much about the length. Congratulations on your 13th hub.

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on August 05, 2010:

Thanks, Taniel, for the update. I'm making a note of it. Hey-??? why / how did it get banned? --- Curious.

taniel22 on August 04, 2010:

hey denise it's me taniel just got a different account since other was banned. I sure will post my story on how i came to this business up sometime soon.

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on August 03, 2010:

Hey TattoGuy-thanks for your feedback-much appreciated. You gave me quite the belly laugh from your hubs about how to dump a b.f./g.f. It was just what I needed. Have a good week. :)

TattoGuy on August 03, 2010:

What an awesome and well thought out hub, I love someone that is creative and that was so well put together, well done moi friend !

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on August 03, 2010:

Pamela: Wow, how fun for you! S-W-E-E-T ! Maybe that will happen for my granddaughter, :) Thanks for the comments.

Hello Proud to Be FAMILY--Thank you for your gracious comments. I appreciate it, b/c I wonder at times if my pieces are not tooooooo long. No matter how 'short' I intend for them to be they almost always come out around 1,000+ words. (Too much to say, LOL)

Hello, my new friend Taniel-you are a mystery person and have me intrigued. I would love for you to create a hub about how you came to the site. A series of synchronistic events? I AM CURIOUS now. Have a good week.

Proud to be family with you on August 02, 2010:

Denise you are an amazing writer! Your articles are sooo well written, interesting & informative. Keep riding high! CAH

TanielHouston on August 02, 2010:

No problem on the thumbs up Denise. I could say your title very well did ring a bell for me. I would say it is quite a long story on how i got started with making money online. I guess maybe i could write a hub or something on it. It is one long story with all the details stuffed in. Keep thinking outside the box Denise. After all that's the way to create unique content isn't it?

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 02, 2010:

I like this very unique hub. I was born on Feb. 13 which was a Wed. but I turned 13 on Friday the 13th and it was a fantastic birthday as I went to a junior high dance ad freshman asked me to dance. I was thrilled. Obviously 13 works for me. Thanks for cute hub.

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on August 01, 2010:

Taniel-welcome to hubpages. I see '9' in '9'. You're off to a roaring start. I appreciate your comments. Very astute. Sometimes, for me, the motivation is to take a subject and present it from an angle not yet visited. I like to think outside of the box that way. :) And, I see from your profile that you are 13 yourself. See how synchronistic that is-you are the first (and thus far only) 13 yr old I know on hubpages. Did the title catch your eye? Tell me: did any of what I wrote in MY exper as a 13 yo ring true for you? I know times have really changed and I don't know if kids really contemplate things in the same way we did eons ago. How did you get so savvy with your hub writing? Thanks for giving this the ole 'thumbs up'.


TanielHouston on August 01, 2010:

interesting hub. This seems as it was a hard one to think of. Very creative. Thumbs up from me Denise!!

Denise Handlon (author) from North Carolina on August 01, 2010:

Hi Lilly, Thanks. Any reason (i.e. 13th hub) is a good one for writing, LOL

Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on August 01, 2010:

Different, but cool.

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