The number 13 is considered unlucky in most cultures. One hypothesis holds that the number 13 is a reflection of the human fear of the unknown (unverified). Another holds the number 13 unlucky since it is the number of full moons in a year. Women living in a natural environment tend to have their period during a full moon, and in the past, a woman who ‘bled’ during a full moon was suspected of being a witch. Thus the number 13 was viewed as bad luck, and connected to supernatural forces.

The end of the Mayan calendar’s 13th Baktun was superstitiously feared as a harbinger of the apocalyptic 2012 phenomenon.[8]

Fear of the number 13 has a specifically recognized phobia, triskaidekaphobia (try saying that quickly five times)! The superstitious sufferers of triskaidekaphobia try to avoid bad luck by keeping away from anything numbered or labeled 13.

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