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13 Fun Facts

  1. Today’s date (12.13.2013), if broken down into individual digits (1+2+1+3+2+0+1+3) equals 13.
  2. In the Catholic church, the number 13 is associated with St. Anthony of Padua (the patron saint of lost items, and the subject of the invocation “Tony, Tony, come on down; something’s lost and can’t be found).
  3. In Judaism, God shows 13 kinds of mercy.
  4. The ancient Iranian religion Zoroastrianism considered 13 evil and sinister.
  5. In related news, Taylor Swift’s birthday is today.
  6. Fear of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia.
  7. In some ancient cultures, 13 was associated with femininity because the average woman ends up having 13 menstrual cycles per year (13 x 28 = 364).
  8. Italians consider 13 a lucky number.
  9. The American flag has 13 stripes, representing the original 13 colonies.
  10. Dan Marino’s number on the Miami Dolphins was 13.
  11. When monks used to be in charge of the calendars, a year with 13 full moons really pissed them off; it threw off their whole schedule.
  12. A century generally has about 37 years with 13 full moons.
  13. One of my favorite Pixies songs is “No. 13 Baby.”



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