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Is 13 Really an Unlucky Number?

Number 13Thoughts from seat C row 5 on a Soutwest flight in route to San Francisco
When I was booking my ticket a week ago my wife saw I was booking a ticket and asked what day I flying, I replied,  “The 13th”. She looked at me and said,”You do know that it will be Friday the 13th?” I smiled and said, “You know me, I like to take risks”, she smiled and that was the end of it.  Since then this is the first time I have thought about it, but was reminded when I went to the bathroom and there was the always interesting bathroom line conversation going on, this one around the fact that it was the 13th and how the number 13 is so unlucky.  I got back to my seat and was trying to fold my dollar bill into one of the origami patterns that they always have in the back of the airline magazines to prove I could do it because I saw a completed one as I was walking back to my seat. I started thinking about if the number 13 really is an unlucky number.

It dawned on me as I was looking at the dollar bill that maybe the number 13 really is a lucky number in disguise and using it more often would give me, and maybe you now that you are reading this, an advantage because people are programmed to stay away from it. In fact, it might be something that can be used all over the world because it’s pretty much a universal belief: you usually never see a room number 13, there are not 13th floors in tall buildings and on Friday 13th doing out of the ordinary risky things cause us all to cringe a little.But think about this, you can find all these things or things that represent them on the back of a US dollar bill:

A dollar bill US Currency

13 original colonies
13 signers of the Declaration of Independence
13 stripes on our flag
13 steps on the pyramid
13 letters in ‘AnnuitCoeptis,’ (Latin for “God has favored our undertaking”)
13 letters in ‘ E Pluribus Unum, (Latin for “‘a new order has begun.”)
13 stars above the eagle
13 bars on that shield
13 leaves on the olive branch
13 fruits, and if you look closely
13 arrows

I’m starting to think the number 13 is pretty darn lucky. What do you think?

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