The Fun Side of Thirteen

I have a secret to tell you. I dig the number 13. With all the myths and fear surrounding the number 13, I wanted to let you know of some good news associated with the number 13.

Here are some super fascinating and fun facts about the wonderful number that is 13:

  • A standard 52-card deck of playing cards has four suits, each of 13 ranks.
  • In ancient cultures, like the Maya and Egyptians, the number 13 held positive associations with fertility and lunar cycles. Also in pre-Columbian Mesoamerican calendars like the Tzolk’in, trecenas mark cycles of 13-day periods.
  • In North America, many cicada species have a life cycle of 13 years (some have 17). There is a theory that there is an evolutionary advantage to prime number life cycles for this noisy fellas. Having a prime number life cycle thwarts predators that show up in their habitats on more consistent intervals.
  • There are thirteen postures (consisting of 8 gates and 5 steps) which are considered to be the fundamental techniques Tai Chi.
  • Each season (if we’re observing the Gregorian Calendar) consists of 13 weeks.
  • And last, but not least, my favorite: The Baker’s Dozen, The Devil’s Dozen, or sometimes The Long Dozen. A Baker’s Dozen consists of 13 baked goods. In ancient tradition, bakers added a “vantage” loaf of bread to the 12-count (dozen) for patrons. This was done to ensure they weren’t cheating their clients. The 13th loaf is called the vantage loaf as it was advantageous to receive 13 loaves of bread at the price of 12. Over the years, the baker’s dozen grew to become a symbol of generosity. Related side-note: Belgium pays a 13th month salary bonus!

add 13 sprinkles,

Will

P.S. Have you seen the new Batty Flowers Puzzles that just came in? I have got just 13 signed versions in the shop. Get over to the shop now and grab one!

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