Friday the 13th
by Diana Dimova-TRAXI
From time immemorial, Friday the 13th continues to evoke in many people a vague sense of primal fear. On this date, many are so paralyzed with fear that they don’t even get out of bed.
In ancient Rome, magicians gathered in groups of 12. The 13th in the group was believed to be the devil himself.
The fear of the number 13 is still strong today. More than 80% of skyscrapers do not have a 13th floor. Many airports skip the 13th runway. Quite a few hotels do not have a 13th floor or 13th room. There is no number 13 car in Formula 1. The streets of Florence don’t have number 13. 12 and a half or 12A sounds a lot less stressful.
On April 13, 1970, an oxygen tank explosion disrupted Apollo 13’s plans to land on the moon. The shuttle was launched from rocket pad number 39 (13 x 3). The crew, miraculously surviving, returns to Earth. Numerology enthusiasts clearly see a “black hole” – the sum of the digits in the launch date of the rocket, written in the manner adopted in the USA (4-11-70), is 13. The time of launch of Apollo 13 is 13:13 US time.
The original names of some of the most famous serial killers contain 13 letters each: Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore ) Bundy (Theodore (Ted) Bundy) and Henry Lee Lucas (Henry Lee Lucas).
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