Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday the 13th & THE Number 13

13 is the original number of colonies that formed the United States. The original flag had 13 stars, one for each state. New stars have since been added whenever a new state joins the union, but the idea of adding stripes for new states was soon dropped, so the American flag to this day has 13 horizontal stripes: 6 white ones and 7 red ones. But the number 13 always became a number related to our country's symbols.
The Great Seal is one perfect example, as there have been 13:
Stripes on the Seal's emblem
Leaves on the olive branch (as well as thirteen olives)
Arrows in the other grip
Characters making up the dictum, E Pluribus Unum
Characters making up the dictum, "Annuit cœptis"
Breast coverts on the bird
Layers of bricks in the truncated pyramid
The number of guns in a gun salute to U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps Major Generals, and Navy and Coast Guard Rear Admirals Upper Half.

This year, 2012, we have 3 Friday the 13th days, spaced 13 weeks apart! Truth is always stranger than fiction! Happy Friday 13th!

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