|Digital clock's display changing numbers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The 13th Comment
A couple of years ago I mentioned a concept about what I referred to as The 13th Comment Phenomena. This was in reference to an observation that I had made that I had often seen blog comments stall at the twelfth one--they might stop there period or they might merely pause until someone came along to leave the 13th comment and then they would start coming in again until the comments on that particular post had played out.
Nearly everyone who left a comment on that post said they had not noticed this 13th Comment Phenomena. But still the phenomena continues to catch my eye. Repeatedly I see comments stopped at 12. I have no problem stepping in to break through that 12th comment barrier to post the 13th comment, but in my observations it often seems that I am leaving my 13th comment many hours or even days beyond the most previous comment. Why do many comment sections appear to stall at number twelve? Or is it mostly a matter of something that stands out to me making the occurrence seem more prevalent than it really is?
This numerology observation has a relationship to another idea that I posted about early in 2013 in the post What Is the Scariest Time of Day? based on another theory about why certain times of day seem to stand out more than others. At the time I wrote that post I was often looking at the digital clocks around our house to see three of the same digits (1:11, 2:22, and so on). The frequency at which I was seeing this seemed to stand out to me though the seemingly obvious explanation would be that I was merely noticing the anomaly of the three digits more than I would a combination of randomly different digits.
This occurrence of happening to catch numbers at just the right moment is explained by some in the term synchronicity which is a meaningful recurrence of events or observations that are not causally related. Another way of describing these events would be "meaningful coincidences". A number of explanations for the observing by multitudes of certain number sequences have been offered and I would imagine we could think of many more. Apparently the 11:11 observation has become noticed throughout the world. Google "11:11" and you can see what I mean.
Coincidences? 11:11, the stalling at the twelfth comment, or examples that might come to your own mind can be explained, but can those explanations be verified? Maybe we can try an experiment right now. Open your blog in another tab and see how many comments you have at this moment. Let us know in my comment section where your comments have stopped for now. If we get a preponderance of 12 comment answers, then maybe there is something to this phenomena.
As for me, I'll likely continue to manipulate my comment section to where I make sure I don't stall out at 12 comments. It doesn't bother me to add the 13th comment.
Happy Friday the 13th!
How many comments do you have at this moment? What do you think of synchronicity? Do you believe that numbers have significant meaning besides the usual purpose of counting and calculating?
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