- Interesting Facts
Did you knew?
Many hospitals have no room number 13,
while many tall buildings skip the 13th floor. Instead they either have
floor 12A or M (the 13th letter of the alphabet).
The former U.S. president Franklin D.
Roosevelt refused to travel on the thirteenth of any month and
would never sit with thirteen people at table.
Other famous people who have had triskaidekaphobia are
Napoleon or the former US president Herbert
In Paris you superstitious dinner guests rent a "fourteenth", or a
professional fourteenth guest.
Avoiding number 13 - room
It has been estimated that around $ 800 - 900 million is lost in the U.S. annually
because of triskaidekaphobia as people will not fly or do business as usual.
40 percent of real estate agents admit that houses that have 13 in their
address are difficult to sell - and often must be sold at a lower price than similar houses with a different
House number 13 - trying to avoid the
According to a British study that compared traffic accidents over a period of 2 years, there are
actually more accidents on Friday the 13th than other Friday the 6th, probably because
many drivers are more nervous in traffic that day. A similar study in the Netherlands did not sustain the
findings of the British though.
In Formula-1 cars cannot bear the number 13.
Several airlines have no row 13 on their planes and Scottish airports do
not have gate 13 They use gate 12B instead.
Several airlines don’t have a 13th aisle including Continental, KLM or Air
Lufthansa airplane - number 13
Italian lottery leaves out the number 13 from its drawing.
In Florence, Italy house numbers do not have number 13, but 12A.
NASA's moon mission, Apollo 13, was launched at 13:13, from pad 39, and was
later aborted on April 13.