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Tuesday, The 13th Is Unlucky In Central American Cultures

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Posted by Luis Hamburgh on January 21, 2002 16:52:31 UTC


You are 193 months old. Most of us at one point will be 193 months old. Not unusual at all.

It's clear you're an American. You have just taken a US history test, and you are in an English class. You speak with American idioms ("Here's the deal..."). You have a 'Driver Education Book' (Europeans do not learn how to drive at 16 years of age).

Therefore, it's a fair bet that you are basing your height on a conversion from feet/inches to meters. As such, you have converted from a height of 6'4". But this is not 1.93 meters, it is 1.93040582210395946554174807391209 meters.

If in your class there are 30 students and therefore 30 books, the chances your book will be the thirteenth book is just over 3%. Flip a coin five times, see five heads, and you've just beat the same "extremely small" odds.

There is nothing incredible about your saga. You are a teenager, and have a healthy imagination. This is normal. The human mind is superb at seeing what it needs to see (or wants to see, or is trained to see). You've shown us that the culture in which you have grown has shaped your cognitive abilities.

After all, you mention Friday twice. This is only significant because you have been conditioned to think it is significant.

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