Some buildings number their floors so as to skip the thirteenth floor entirely, jumping from floor 12 to floor 14 in order to avoid distressing triskaidekaphobics, or using 12a and 12b instead. An example is 1 Canada Square in Canary Wharf, the tallest building in the UK, which lacks a 13th floor. This is sometimes applied to house or room numbers as well. The same is also true of rows in aeroplanes.
Edited by zandore, 18 March 2006 - 02:12 PM.
"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy,
education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary.
Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear
of punishment and hope of reward after death." Albert Einstein
13 is supposed to be an unlucky number in general, some say if 13 people are dining together the first one to rise will soon die, and then there's the whole business with Friday the 13th.
Life's too short to waste time being normal.
"Right Jamie, for this scene your motivation is your jilted lover. He doesn’t care about you anymore, he’s found a younger thing. And you want to wreck his pride and joy with neat, vertical slices." - Adam
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
Posted 19 March 2006 - 06:13 PM
It is said: If 13 people sit down to dinner together, all will die within the year.
The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894).
Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue.
Many buildings don't have a 13th floor.
If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck (Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names).
There are 13 witches in a coven.
ancient civilizations weren't unanimous in their dread of 13. The Chinese regarded the number as lucky, some commentators note, as did the Egyptians in the time of the pharaohs.
sources suggest the number 13 was purposely vilified by the founders of patriarchal religions in the early days of western civilization because it represented femininity. Thirteen had been revered in prehistoric goddess-worshiping cultures, allegedly, because it corresponded to the number of lunar (menstrual) cycles in a year (13 x 28 = 364 days). The "Earth Mother of Laussel," for example, a 27,000-year-old carving found near the Lascaux caves in France often cited as an icon of matriarchal spirituality, depicts a female figure holding a cresent-shaped horn bearing 13 notches. According to this theory, as the solar calendar triumphed over the lunar with the rise of male-dominated civilization, so did the number 12 over the number 13