Many people avoid the number 13 in all areas of their lives, and consider it a bad omen and a not-so-good indicator of the future. Whoever wants to get married avoids the date 13, and whoever wants to travel avoids this number, whether on the date of travel or when choosing a seat or hotel room number, which forces many From companies and institutions to cancel it and avoid using it, as there are many hotels in the world that have room number 12, followed by number 14, because most guests avoid number 13.
Although there is no evidence of any relationship between the number 13 and the bad things that people face, many like to cling to this conviction without knowing where it came from or what is its cause.
40 million Americans avoid living on the 13th floor
According to the American “Inverse” website, in the United States alone, there are more than 40 million people who avoid living on the thirteenth floor if they stay in any hotel, even for one night, because they consider this number to be a bad omen and a source of misery.
And the site quoted a survey conducted by the “Otis Elevator” company, which specializes in electric elevators, as saying that for every building in the United States that includes the 13th floor, there are six buildings in return that do not have this floor, meaning that they move from the 12th floor to the 14th floor directly, which means that those who are pessimistic Of this number, six times more are those who do not care about it in American society.
The source of the reputation is obscure
In the report, which was seen by Al Arabiya.net, “Inverse” says that the source of the bad reputation of the number 13 is vague and conflicting. The site also indicates that an independent, non-profit organization in the United States is currently investigating the causes of pessimism with this number.
Joe Nickell, who works in this organization and participates in the investigation, says that the number 12 often represents “completeness”, as it is the number of months in the year, the gods in Olympus, the signs of the zodiac, and the number of apostles in Christianity, while the number thirteen comes to contradict this sense of goodness and perfection. .
Nickell points out that the number 13 may also be associated with some famous but unwelcome dinner guests. In Norse mythology, the god Loki was the thirteenth to arrive at a feast in Valhalla, and in Christianity, Judas—the messenger who betrayed Jesus—was the thirteenth guest. at the last supper.
But in fact, social and cultural processes can link bad luck to any number that, when conditions are right, generate a rumor or myth out of its own social reality, doubling like an urban legend as it rolls down the hill of time.
The report notes that in Japan the ominous number is 9, not 13, perhaps because it sounds similar to the Japanese word for “suffering.” In Italy the ominous number that people avoid is 17. In China the number is 4, as it looks like the word “death” and is more actively avoided in everyday life.