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re: What were they thinking: Triskaidekaphobians prepare
EREBUS0   12/22/2012 8:56:53 PM
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The thirteenth is actually a lucky number. It represents the number of times the moon cycles through the sky. Just think how much easier it would be to have a calendar of thirteen 28 day months instead of trying to remember which months have thirty-one, thirty, twenty-eight or twenty-nine days. The fear of 13 is irrational and unsubstantiated. Just my opinion,

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re: What were they thinking: Triskaidekaphobians prepare
BrianBailey   12/23/2012 2:29:36 AM
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I am with you. I have had many good things happen to me on the 13th. Mass hysteria has a lot to answer for and yes, we are in general a culture of mass hysteria.

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re: What were they thinking: Triskaidekaphobians prepare
David Ashton   12/28/2012 10:52:59 AM
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@Erebus, re "...thirteen 28 day months...." Yes it would be a lot easier...though we'd still have to have an extra day somewhere to make up 365, and we'd still have to have leap years. And @Max, shouldn't they be called Triskaidekaphobes?

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BrianBailey   12/29/2012 5:01:24 AM
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You may be right, but I am not Max! Heaven forbid that this world should have two Maxs!! For that matter, the world could probably not deal with two Brians!!

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re: What were they thinking: Triskaidekaphobians prepare
David Ashton   12/29/2012 5:23:30 AM
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OOPs...sorry Brian. You're right, one each of you is probably enough....

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re: What were they thinking: Triskaidekaphobians prepare
Clyde   1/4/2013 11:05:42 PM
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You mean Pogo had nothing to fear, even on a Thursday?

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re: What were they thinking: Triskaidekaphobians prepare
Battar   1/5/2013 7:58:11 PM
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Erebus, The Jewish calendar actually does work like that, but it isn't so simple and needs corrections to prevent it drifting away from the seasons. The Moslem calendar is similar, but without the corrections, so it drifts throughout the solar year. Neither are an accepte international standard, so are effectively useless. 13 is not considered unlucky in Judaism, by the way.

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re: What were they thinking: Triskaidekaphobians prepare
IDontUseTheForumSoWhyAmIForc   1/4/2013 2:12:18 PM
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Limiting yourself to fearing only the number thirteen shows that you MUST be crazy (or at least clinically mad)... everyone knows you should fear all prime numbers.

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WilTaylor   1/4/2013 10:31:53 PM
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It's a lucky number for me, always has been.

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WKetel   1/5/2013 2:46:01 AM
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Thirteen was rejected by all the fools who embrace "the tyranny of twelve", which makes things go by the dozen when other quantities would be far more convenient. And all of that was done long before we had the metric system to further complicate things.

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titux   1/7/2013 10:57:21 AM
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[quote]It appears that Italy and Tibet consider 13 to be a lucky number![/quote] Hi Brian, I must correct the last sentence: in Italy 13 is considered an ominous number. We (they) do not like 17 as well...

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didymus7   1/7/2013 8:05:00 PM
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I fear the number 13 because that's the number of executive officers we have.



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