Thursday Thirteen #8: 13 Thirteens

1. The original 13 colonies: probably the first 13 we all had to memorize in school--VA, MA, NH, MD, CT, RI, DE, NC, SC, PA, NJ, NY, and GA.

2. Friday the 13th: "unluckiest" days of the year...this year in April and July. Next year, only one, in June.

3. Friday the 13th movies: proud to say I've never seen one! Freddie who?

4. WNET-TV, New York: the first PBS station I ever watched.5. Ocean's 13: Movie showcase for today's version of the Rat Pack, featuring the ever-yummy George Clooney.

6. 13th floor in buildings: very often, doesn't exist...well, at least isn't numbered as such as shown here.

7. Thirteen: depressing, yet engrossing 2003 movie starring Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood

8. Thirteen Days You'll Never Believe How Close We Came: 2001 movie about the Cuban missile crisis of October, 1962, starring Kevin Costner.

9. 13th birthday: wow, you're a teenager at last! (parents smile through their grimaces)

10. Baker's dozen=13: From Wikipedia: 'The oldest known source and most probable origin for the expression "baker's dozen" dates to the 13th century in one of the earliest English statutes, instituted during the reign of Henry III (r. 1216-1272), called the Assize of Bread and Ale. Bakers who were found to have shortchanged customers could be liable to severe punishment. To guard against the punishment of losing a hand to an axe, a baker would give 13 for the price of 12, to be certain of not being known as a cheat.' (Too bad Krispy Kreme didn't exist in the 13th century!)

11. The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution: abolished slavery and involuntary servitude.

12. 13-sided figure: Triskaidekagon

13: The fear of the number 13: Triskaidekaphobia--something no one reading this has, for sure!

Happy TT, everyone!

Comments

Minkydo said…
Interesting list. Thanks.
Laura said…
I agree, this TT is really interesting! Great choices :)
Denise Patrick said…
Love this list. No triskaidekaphobia here. Both my kids were born on the 13th of the month, my daughter on Friday! Oh, and I WISH Krispy Kreme would apply the "baker's dozen" rule today!

Thanks for the site to your favorite artist. It was very cool. My sister collects Blackshear angels - they are beautiful, too.

Thanks for visiting my TT!
Mama Pajama said…
Haha #13...your #13 that is. Great list!
Robin said…
Great list! Both of my kids decided to make their appearance on the 13th of their respective months/years, so 13 is a good number at our house.
Anonymous said…
Very interesting TT, I really enjoyed this one
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Nicholas said…
Very interesting. Lucky for me I am not superstitious.