Friday, June 13, 2008

Everything You Wanted to Know about Friday the 13th

Look out, everyone! It's that day again!

So, when you saw what day it was today, did you shiver a bit? As silly as it sounds, I always do. And I always tease my family that maybe it's a good day to just stay in bed. Sadly, I have to get ready for a flight tomorrow morning, and my plane leaves in the wee hours of the morning, so I have to get everything done today. So no hiding under the covers for me!

Still, I thought I'd share these little tidbits about this (supposedly) unlucky day/number. Did you know that:
  • More than 80 percent of high-rises lack a 13th floor?
  • Many airports skip the 13th gate?
  • Airplanes have no 13th aisle?
  • Hospitals and hotels regularly have no room number 13?
  • Italians omit the number 13 from their national lottery?
  • On streets in Florence, Italy, the house between number 12 and 14 is addressed as 12 and a half?
  • Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue?
  • In France, socialites known as the quatorziens (fourteeners) once made themselves available as 14th guests to keep a dinner party from an unlucky fate?
  • Many triskaidekaphobes, as those who fear the unlucky integer are known, point to the ill-fated mission to the moon, Apollo 13, to prove their point?
  • If you have 13 letters in your name, you will supposedly have the devil's luck? (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names.) source:
  • Every year has at least one Friday the 13th. The most that can happen in a single year is three. Thanks to leap year rules, which make some patterns of weekdays happen more often than others, a 13th is slightly more likely to fall on a Friday than any other day. source:
  • In 2001, Good Friday fell on Friday the 13th. That won't happen again until 2063.
Fun stuff, huh? I thought so, too. But even as I read through all the superstitions and cautions, another thought weighed in:

When you have God on your side, you needn't fear any day, the 13th or otherwise.

So here's to a blessed Friday 13th for all of us!

Peace to you.


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