The number 13 is considered to be an unlucky number in some countries. Charles Stewart Parnell had an irrational fear of the number thirteen  The end of the Mayan calendar’s 13th Baktun is superstitiously feared as a harbinger of the apocalyptic 2012 phenomenon. Fear of the number 13 has a specifically recognized phobia, Triskaidekaphobia, a word which was coined in 1911. The superstitious sufferers of triskaidekaphobia try to avoid bad luck by keeping away from anything numbered or labelled thirteen. As a result, companies and manufacturers use another way of numbering or labeling to avoid the number, with hotels and tall buildings being conspicuous examples (Thirteenth floor). It’s also considered to be unlucky to have thirteen guests at a table. Friday the 13th has been considered the unluckiest day of the month. 
There are a number of theories behind the cause of the association between thirteen and bad luck, but none of them have been accepted as likely. The number 13, especially Friday the 13th, has long been considered lucky in Judaism, and some think that the general population’s fear of 13 stems from anti-semitism.
The hangman’s noose
13 turns make a traditional hangman’s noose. Anything less would not snap a neck.
The Last Supper
At Jesus Christ’s last supper, there were thirteen people around the table, counting Christ and the twelve apostles.
On Friday 13 October 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar.
A year which contained 13 full moons instead of 12 posed problems for the monks who were in charge of the calendars. “This was considered a very unfortunate circumstance, especially by the monks who had charge of the calendar of thirteen months for that year, and it upset the regular arrangement of church festivals. For this reason thirteen came to be considered an unlucky number.”
Hopefully Sticky Rice will have a Lucky 13th year. And thanks to everyone that helped us get here.
Sticky Rice is celebrating our 13th year anniv this week. Stop by say hi to an old friend or a new one!!!
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