Get Gephardt
KUTV.com | Stories - Good Question: Why Is 13 Said To Be Unlucky?
Tuesday, June 18 2013, 09:14 AM MDT
Good Question: Why Is 13 Said To Be Unlucky?
By Matt Gephardt
(KUTV) This question came to me from Angie. Angie says that on Monday night, as she and her friends were counting down to the New Year she saw the number 13 just about everywhere she looked ... As in 2013.

She points out that it could be a tough year for those suffering with a fear of the number. So she asks, why is13 so worrisome?

At the Hotel Monaco in Downtown Salt Lake City they are well aware of the superstition. The hotel, built in 1920, is 14 stories tall. But according to the elevator panel there are 15 stories. That’s because the hotel skipped the number 13 when assigning floors and they skip every 13th room.

Stefanie Dean is a manager at the hotel. She points out that her hotel is not alone in skipping the number 13 for superstitious reasons.

"About 80% of the buildings don't have 13 floors,” she said.

Fear of the number 13 is a real thing. In fact it has a name: triskaidekaphobia. No one knows for certain exactly when the fear was first realized but there are plenty of ancient examples of 13 being unlucky.

Some Christian traditions say that at the last supper, Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th to sit at the table.

It was a Friday the 13 in the 12th century when the Knights Templar were arrested and killed by the king of France.

And the earliest accounts of triskaidekaphobia I could find belong to ancient Persians. They believed the twelve constellations in the zodiac took turns controlling the earth. After the 12th, the sky and earth would collapse.

In present-day Utah, staff at the Hotel Monaco are embracing the superstition. They even posted a blog, "13 reasons why we are Salt Lake City's guilty pleasure hotel" on their Facebook page.

Stefanie on the other hand, thinks the number gets a bad rap, saying she has liked the number for as long as she can remember.

"I always have liked the number 13,” she said. “It's a number that everyone was afraid of and didn't like so I was like, I'm going to like it. It needs a friend. And I've just always liked it."

The superstition can be damaging to other businesses. Many people affected by triskaidekaphobia won’t do business on the 13th day in a month or travel which impacts those industries bottom lines.

Thank you, Angie, for the Good Question. If you have a Good Question for me, call (801) 839-1250 or you can email me at Gephardt@kutv.tv.

(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
Good Question: Why Is 13 Said To Be Unlucky?

News Photos & Videos - Submit Your Photos Here


More Gephardt Stories

Good Question: Why Do Winners Of The Masters Get Green Jackets?
Michael's Security Breach Update, Coffee Production Being Threatened and General Mills' Forced Arbitration
National Mortgage Settlement Payments Delayed to Thousands
GM Dodges Recall Responsibility, Returns On Rented Property and Employee Rest Tied To Dishonesty
Fine Print Reveals a Company is Behind Tax Lien Notices
Computer Scam Alert, Congress Weighs In On E-Cigs and Beef at an All-Time High
Good question: What's the figure eight printed on globes?
Amazon Offers Employees $5,000 to Quit, Most Common I.R.S. Mistakes and Flyers in February Arrive Late
Chimney Sweep Folds with Consumer's Deposit
Heartland Virus Threat, I.R.S. Fields Your Calls and the Big Mac Budget Demonstration
XP Support Gone. What Now?
"Or your money back" Offer not Honored
Get Gephardt: Man Lands in Collections Despite Fully Paid Utility Bills
Good Question: How Were the Aquarium Fish Safely Moved?
GM Wins Crash Test Honors, FTC Cracks Down On Weight-loss Claims and CVS In Hot Water
Two Utah Men Brought Up On Tax Fraud Charges
Home Automation Failures Frustrate Customer
Yahoo Increases Email Security, SLC Marathon Set For April and Microsoft Introduces Its Siri
Wendover Casino Blocks Handicapped Stalls for Promotional Giveaway
New Scam Alert, Chrysler Recall and Amazon Joins the TV Market
Good Question: How do Taxpayers avoid being audited by the IRS?
If the IRS is Unresponsive, Try the Taxpayer Advocate
Mudslide Scammer Alert, Nissan Recall and New Trader Joe's Location in Salt Lake County
Insurance Mix Up Keeps Woman From Lifesaving Meds
E-Book Refund, College Tuition Increases and Unclaimed Tax Returns
Billing Bundle Bungled
Flood Insurance Increases, IRS Cash Crunch and Possible Apple & Comcast Partnership
Good Question: How is the Moment Spring Starts Determined?
Defiance May Soon Pay Off for Couple Fined Over Negative Comments
PS4 Announces VR Headset, Google Makes Smartwatches and 2010 Tax Returns Still Available
GM Spokesperson: Loaners, Rentals Available to 1.6 Million Drivers Impacted by Recall
Google Wins Viacom Lawsuit, Walmart Wants Used Games and Microsoft's Stock Surges
Fake IRS Auditors Attempt to Rip Off Taxpayers
Retailers Asked to Stop Selling Tobacco, NYC Requires Sick Time and New Expiration Date Labels
Good Question: Are E-Cigarette Commercials Legal?
Low Utah Unemployment Rate, Graco Recall Expanded and High Tax Return Average
ACA Marketplace Confusion Leaves Adults Signed Up for Pediatric Dental Care
Target Continues Damage Control, Staples Closing Locations and Facebook Blocks Gun Advertisements
Popular Provo Road-Race Organizer Stiffs Winners
Gov. Gets Wiretap Bill from Sprint, Guns Are Selling Well and F.T.C. Cracks Down
Fur Coat Storage Company Vanishes with Several Expensive Coats
Utah Benefits From Reopening Parks, RadioShack Closing Locations, EPA Regulations and Potential ATM Hacking
Semi-Pro Football Players Question the Disappearance of League Fees
Drought Affects Grocery Prices, Free Checking Disappears and Bill Gates On Top Again
Good Question: "How Do Search Engines Determine Search Result Orders?"
Airlines Cut Bereavement Fares, Internet Usage Goes Mobile and Wells Fargo Cuts Jobs
Stolen Debit Card Used at Target.com Days after Victim Shops at Target
Delta Changes Frequent Fliers Program, Sprint in Trouble over Nude Pictures and Min Wage Battle Continues
California Scheme Leaves Utahn, National Hispanics out Hundreds
Target Breach TimeLine, Facebook Email Says Goodbye and House Prices on the Rise
Lifetime Warranty Abruptly Cancelled
Taco Bell Breakfast, Disney Resort Price Increase and New Alumni Tracking Software
Man Injured At Amusement Park Awaits Damages
Credit Restored for Consumer Fined for Negative Online Review
Postal Service Issues, Hot Pocket Recall and Netflix vs. Verizon
Ex-Federal Worker: Someone Forged My Official Gov. Documents
Alarm Customer Moves But Cannot Cancel Service
Improving Medication Information, Groupon Deal and I.R.S. Tax Update
Good question: How are KUTV Contest Winners Selected?
Canceled Flights Cost Big, Tax Refund Spending and Valentines' Day Gift Estimates
Advertise with us!

 


Advertise with us!