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September 13, 2002
I wonder how Friday the 13th got so unlucky. Some say it relates to the number of diners at the last supper of Jesus, or even more simply, death. The Egyptians believed in many stages of spiritual existance, the thirteenth happened after the body died. Some theorise that it was purposely vilified by priests of patriarchal religions because it represented femininity: 13 revered in ancient goddess-worshipping cultures because it corresponded to the number of menstrual cycles in a year. Some people are so afraid of it they've even got a phobia all their own: Paraskevidekatriaphobia. Try saying that one ten times fast.