What’s Wrong With 13?

Posted: September 21, 2014 in Articles
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Most people have heard of the Code of Hammurabi, the code of laws from ancient Mesopotamia. I have known about the Code of Hammurabi for a long time, but I just recently learned another fact about it. There was no 13th law as the number 13 was considered unlucky and evil in Mesopotamia. The list literally goes, “11, 12, 14, 15, 16, etc…” Even today, Friday the 13th is an “unlucky” day, although the origins of this superstition have nothing to do with the old Mesopotamian number 13. According to the 1st paragraph in the wikipedia entry for Friday 13th, the Western apprehension of the day comes from the Last Supper and Jesus’ subsequent cruxifiction. Wikipedia then quickly goes into other, more plausible, explanations which I won’t bore you with here.

I just thought it was interesting that the number 13 was considered so evil that it was left out entirely from a code of laws presumably meant for the public eye. It’s like buildings which leave out the 13th floor, numbering them 11, 12, 14, 15, etc.

Apparently giving the number 13 a new name (14) works sort of like calling illegal immigrants “undocumented workers” and a lie “an unwise choice of words”. Rule 14 was still Rule 13 in our book.

by Dink

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