OK, so there are many people out there who are superstitious about 13, and particularly Friday the 13th. It’s even got its own name — triskaidekaphobia. Now, that would get you a bunch of points in Words with Friends.
The term comes from Greek, where tris means three, kai means and, deka means ten and phobia means fear. A triskaidekaphobia info site
— yes, you really can find anything online — tells us:
“The number 13 wasn’t always bad-famed, quite the contrary. In ancient China and Egypt, thirteen was considered a lucky number. It is unclear when exactly [13 did] become an unlucky number.
Some attribute it to the Bible, where the Last Supper was attended by 13 people, and some speculated that the 13th person at the table was Judas, who later betrayed Jesus. However, there is no reference to support this theory.
Another belief is that the phobia of number 13 is caused by it being an irrational number and 12 being the number of perfection.
There are 12 months in a year, 12 zodiacs, 12 hours in a clock and there were 12 tribes of Israel.”
Now, all that said, you’re wondering what this has to do with birthdays right?
Well, there is a family in Orange County, California that can only look at the 13th as a lucky day. After all, FOUR generations of the family celebrate their birthday on August 13th!
Sarah Peeler shares her birthday with her daughter Lori (which distracts me with the thought of having to go into labor on your birthday — ugh). But the day was special even before that.
Lori’s grandfather and great-grandmother also were born on the same birth date. And Lori’s parents didn’t even plan for the Aug. 13 delivery.
“Several weeks before, we just thought this won’t happen, for sure it won’t happen,” Sarah told ABC News
. “Once we reached the week of, we both looked at each other and said ‘I think it’s going to happen, it’s fate!'”
Lori’s birth earned the family a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, for “most generations born on the same day.“
Now Sarah’s husband Ryan, and Lori’s dad, only has one date to remember:
“I hadn’t really thought about it, before we celebrated this weekend, let’s have two back-to-back parties,” he said. “Trying to figure it out, I don’t know what the protocol is yet for something like this.”
The odds are estimated to be somewhere in the one in a million range, the family said. But Ryan for one doesn’t need to push his luck, saying his daughter is: “Better than any lotto ticket.”