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The Mothman

Some consider the Mothman legend to be associated with the number 13:

The number 26 is divisible by 13, It is 13 x 2, a set of two thirteens:

The Flatwoods Monster

7:15 p.m. on September 12, 1952, two brothers, Edward and Fred May, and their friend Tommy Hyer (ages 13, 12, and 10 respectively) witnessed a bright object cross the sky. When they and a group went to investigate they discovered what would later be known as The Flatwoods Monster . The director of the local Board of Education claimed to have seen a something taking off at 6:30 a.m. on September 13th 1952. This claim Implies that the legendary Flatwoods Monster departed on the 13th.

Fear

Triskaidekaphobia (also being referred to as 13-digit phobia) is the irrational fear of the number 13. Most people with triskaidekaphobia have an immersive and ongoing phobia / fear of the number 13.

Many cities purposefully do not have a 13th street or avenue. Companies and manufacturers avoid building 13th floors and skip to avoid the number when labeling the levels or rooms to hotels and tall buildings.

Judas Iscariot / Loki

In The Bible, Jesus had twelve apostles which made a group of 13. Judas, the traitor, is considered to be the 13th guest to arrive to the last supper. It also says that the Jews murmured 13 times against god during the exodus.

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Certain Christians view Jesus as the 13th person in the group and think of the number 13 as a holy number while others view Judas as the thirteenth person in the group and think of the number 13 as an evil number. It depends on denomination.

In Norse mythology, The beloved hero Baldr was killed at a banquet by the trickster god Loki who crashed the party of 12 bringing the total of people to 13. This story and the story of the last supper led to people believing that you should never sit down to a meal at a group of 13. This probably made people wary of the number in other aspects of their life.

Full moons

A year with 13 full moons instead of 12 posed problems for the monks 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. However, a typical century has about 37 years that have 13 full moons, compared to 63 years with 12 full moons, and typically every third or fourth year has 13 full moons

Hangman

A noose has 13 knots and there were 13 steps leading up to the gallows. It is to represent the jury and the judge. Courtrooms have a dozen members of the jury and one judge.

The Devil's Name

It is said that those who have 13 letters in their name have "the luck of the devil". Examples include: Charles Manson, Jack The Ripper, Jeffrey Dahmer and Theodore Bundy.

Covens

People of the Wiccan religion, as well as "Witches" in media and culture, gather in groups of 13 called Covens.

Knight's Templar

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There was a mass arrest and execution of the Knight's Templar on Friday, October 13th 1307. King Philip IV of France burned the men at the stake.

Apollo 13

Apollo 13 was a manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April 11, 1970, at 13:13 CST from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the Service Module upon which the Command Module depended. They faced great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to make makeshift repairs to the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13_(number)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_Templar

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_13

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