Friday, November 13, 2009

It's Friday the Thirteenth!!!

Happy Friday the 13th Dahhlings! I personally am not superstitious about the number 13, as I was born on the 13th and have had quite a few birthday's which have fallen on a Friday the 13th, but for Paraskevidekatriaphobics ( term used to describe people afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13) Friday the 13th brings on morbid and sometimes irrational fear!! ooooooooh!!!!

Here are some some popular and interesting facts about Friday the 13th...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 say the No. 13 pointed to the ill-fated mission to the moon, Apollo 13.
and here are some scary, yet scintillating facts about Friday the 13th...
  •  In a traditional hangman's noose there are 13 twists of the rope and 13 steps to the gallows.
  • Many buildings don't count their 13th floors. You'll see on their elevators that the numbers skip from 12 to 14.
  • There is no 13th Avenue in San Francisco, instead Funston Avenue is between 12th and 14th Avenues.
  • In Formula 1 racing, there is no car with the number 13. The number has been removed after two drivers were killed in crashes, both driving cars numbered 13.
  • Killers Charles Manson, Saddam Hussein, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Theodore Bundy, and Jack The Ripper each have 13 letters in their names. 
And lastly, these folks weren't so lucky on Friday the 13th...
  • Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas on a Friday the 13th.
  • Al Capone was sentenced to prison on a Friday the 13th. 
  • Benny Goodman, the King of Swing, died on a Friday the 13th.
  • Hubert Humphrey, the 38th president of the United States, died on a Friday the 13th.

I wish you all a lucky, fun filled Friday the 13th!

Fondly yours,


Domestically Challenged said...

Wow, I didn't know a lot of those fun facts!!!

I've never believed in the lore myself, but I can tell you that my Emergency Department got really crazy on every Fri 13th and often on Full Moons.

Today has been a really bad day, so far. Everything keeps going wrong. We were half an hour late for school, then my car broke (what an ordeal), then I cut my finger, the baby ate my coffee cake because I thought the quite was a good thing... and things have just dominoed from there....

Now I know why, I totally forgot today's date!
(I had pre-posted today's blog post a week ago when I found that link.)

FrivolousFlapper said...

oooh, interesting and spooky fri. 13th facts! Haven't seen any black cats today....but a white one did try to take over my front porch this morning. Maybe he negated the curse of the dreaded Fri. the 13. Anyway, great post!

Jessica Cangiano said...

Hi sweet darling, how are you on this fine Saturday evening? I hope all is well on your end! Love this menagerie of fun and fascinating Friday the 13th factoids. I'm not superstitious myself, nor do I put stock in numerology, but if I had to say there's been one number that's popped up often throughout my life it would be ten. I was born on the 10th, my name starts with the 10th letter of the alphabet, my the two digits of my height multiplied together equal 10, and so on. Fortunately for the most part ten has been kind to me, so I really don't mind and sort of view it as a lucky number :)

Have a super wonderful rest of your weekend, doll - tons of hugs!
♥ Jessica