A Scary Day?

If you are superstitious you might want to stay home today. It’s Friday the 13th, a day many people fear.

I have no superstitions. I’m not going to tell you this history of this day. I’m not afraid of the number 13. Some people are though. When I realized yesterday that today was the 13th and thought no more of it…except.

I was in downtown Ottawa and passed by a building that I remember being built in the early 1970s. Place Bell Canada was, as I recall, the regional headquarters for the telephone company of that name.

Superstition , you would think, would not be part of corporate society. However, Place Bell, as with many buildings of its era (and maybe today for all I know), had no 13th floor.

At 28 stories tall, of course there was a 13th floor – but superstition wouldn’t allow them to call it that. When you got into the elevator, the numbers went from 12 to 14.

Back then if you rented on the 13th floor of a building you got a reduced rent (even if it was labeled 14th). In the 21st century you would hope that is no longer the case, that we have moved beyond superstition. Though maybe there might be some upset tenants if they lost their rent discount.

How about you? Are you superstitious? If so, about what? Do you care that today is the 13th?



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