Here come the double 13s

I’m quite sure nobody’s mentioned this, but today is the first of a series of twelve dates this year with a double 13 in them. Today is 1/13/13, and if you have triskaidekaphobia, well, you’d better get over it for this year. I’ve speculated that this hasn’t helped the Cubs very much over the pastContinue reading “Here come the double 13s”

If it wasn’t for bad luck…

I’d have no luck at all. If we’re superstitious about 13, and even if we aren’t, we need to get into the habit of writing 13 every time we put a date on anything. So for the next 361 days, everything bad that happens has a built-in scapegoat, and everything good is proof that 13Continue reading “If it wasn’t for bad luck…”

Forget about the goat

Before reading any further, I want you to think of an unlucky number. I’m willing to say that the default answer is the number 13. Absent some searing personal tragedy–like someone who lost their job on January 6 and now considers 16 to be unlucky–most people just accept that there’s something unfortunate attached to theContinue reading “Forget about the goat”

The real Cubs curse

One of the things I like best about writing a blog is the stats that you get from it. For some reason, day in and day out, the term “13” has been the most popular term that results in a match to this blog. One of the very first pieces I wrote was about theContinue reading “The real Cubs curse”

What about Monday the 13th?

I’m not superstitious. Really. Yes, I find it strange that there’s an ambulance #13 that makes the rounds ¬†on the streets where I live. And yes, I think that the Cubs’ curse has less to do with a billy goat than it does with Wrigley Field’s ZIP code of 60613 (look it up if youContinue reading “What about Monday the 13th?”