Okay, for some reason it seems that these Friday 13th Trivia Posts are among my most popular, who could have guessed??? Anyway, since I tried to put as many trivia factoids into my previous posts, I will be duplicating some and intersperse new ones here and there.
In the meantime, enjoy the day and remember – KARMA IS A BITCH!
First, for those who are in need of some protection there are silly rituals and cures galore to protect them on Friday the 13th. A few of them are:
1.Walk around your house 13 times on Friday the 13th.
2.Hang your shoes out the window. (My guess is the smell will drive all the evil away!)
3.Sleep with a mirror under your pillow for the first 3 Fridays before Friday the 13th comes. You are suppose to dream of your true love on Friday the 13th then also.
4.Walk around the block with your mouth full of water. If you do not swallow it, you will be 100% safe on Friday the 13th.
And finally there’s always 13th century age-old Aristotle cure…
5. Wear and/or eat garlic!
and now onto the TRIVIA…
According to Smithsonian Magazine “fear of the #13 costs American a billion dollars per year in absenteeism, train and plane cancellations, and reduced commerce on the 13th of the month.”
Fear of Friday the 13th dates back to Nordic Mythology. Many of their thirteenth Gods met with violent deaths, such as Loki, the trickster.
Many airports skip the 13th gate.
Airplanes have no 13th aisle.
Ancient Romans regarded the number 13 as a symbol of death, destruction and misfortune.
Lizzy Borden uttered a total of 13 words at her trial.
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.
A witches coven consists of 13 members.
Tarot Card number 13 is the Death Card, depicting the Grim Reaper (although it is read as transition or change and not literal death).
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.
If you have 13 letters in your name, you will 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.
Hotels rarely have a room number 13. Usually it is called 12a or 14. Same with floors of high rise buildings. Many elevators are without a #13 button. Highways sometimes will skip exit 13 altogether also.
There are 13 steps leading to the gallows.
There are 13 knots in a hangman’s noose.
The blade of a guillotine falls 13 feet.
The driver of Princess Diana hit pillar #13 at Place de l’Alma when she was killed in Paris, France.
Certain ocean liners will be held in dock until after midnight to appease passenger’s fears on Friday the 13th.
Apollo 13, the 13th mission launched from pad #39 (13 x 3), the mission was aborted after an explosion occurred in the fuel cell of their service module. The rocket had left launching pad at 13:13 CST and the date was April 13th.
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