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Unlucky Thirteen

Posted by Barry on February 21, 2000

I had always understood that the expression 'Unlucky Thirteen' derived from the fact that, at the last supper, there were 13 participants (Judas being the 13th). However, I've recently heard that its origins go back even further to the world of the Ancient Egyptians where the way to heaven involved climbing a 13 step ladder. Does anyone have more authoritative information that this?