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Friday 13th part 1! (2 more to come)
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Friday 13th part 1! (2 more to come)

14.03.2012 From our online archive
That dreaded date is here again! It’s Friday 13th and there are two more of them to come this year, one in April, the other in July.

(mt/ADW)That dreaded date is here again! It’s Friday 13th and there are two more of them to come this year, one in April, the other in July.

For many a Friday 13th is considered to be an unlucky day, however some people have found remedies to “counteract” the bad vibes the number 13 has around it. On rue du Nord, in the capital the building number is still present, but displayed in a special way especially for Friday.

In the narrow cobbled street just behind what used to be the court buildings, you’ll find the popular bar and restaurant Chiggeri, the address of which, you guessed it, is 13 rue du Nord, (although entrance is at number 15). So what’s the owner’s solution to appease the fatal number displayed on a plaque outside? A simple one: unscrew it, turn it 180 degrees, and reattach it as apparently an upside-down 13 eliminates its bad luck. No misfortune shall come to those that frequent Chiggeri this Friday!

It is not only house number 13 that are believed to radiate bad luck, sportsmen (and women) too! Last year’s Tour de France saw the Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara, teammate to the Schleck brothers, forced to wear the number 13 on his back. His solution was also to wear the damned number upside-down.

Friday the 13th - Three times this year

This year there are three Friday 13th dates. The only time that can happen is during a leap year which 2012 is, beginning on a Sunday, or a normal year starting on a Thursday, (Took a while to work that out). The last case of a three Friday 13th year was 2009.

The number 13 has special significance because it exceeds the closed system of twelve. As a prime number, it is only divisible by one and itself. As many people associate it as a bad luck and danger number, some hotels do not have a room number 13, or 13th floor. Some airlines have even taken the decision not to have a 13th row of seats on planes.

Whatever you believe, have a happy Friday 13th!