Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday the 13th

Today's Friday the 13th.  I'd like to talk about something that has fascinated me to no end since I was a kid...

The missing 13th floor!

That missing 13th floor is such a common part of our daily lives, that we enter buildings with no designated 13th floor and yet we don't stop to think how very archaic and unusual that is.

Here's is what Wikipedia says about the 13th floor. "Reasons for omitting a thirteenth floor include triskaidekaphobia on the part of the building's owner or builder, or a desire by the building owner or landlord to prevent problems that may arise with superstitious tenants, occupants, or customers. Based on an internal review of records, Dilip Rangnekar of Otis Elevators estimates that 85% of the buildings with elevators did not have a floor named the 13th floor. Future building designers, fearing a fire on the 13th floor, or fearing tenants' superstitions about the rumor, decided to omit having a 13th floor listed on their elevator numbering. This practice became commonplace, and eventually found its way into mainstream culture and building design."

I always fantasized that there was a 13th floor, one that it took the right conditions to stop at and in which one would find a strange "other" world. There was a pretty cool movie called "Nightmare on the 13th Floor." It was about a reporter learning about people missing in a hotel and comes across an unmarked 13th floor. It ends up with some kind of satanic group and a killer on the 13th floor that they send people to. I really enjoyed it and wouldn't mind owning that one. Anything having to do with the 13th floor has my interest.

If any of you happen to work or live in a building that has a marked 13th floor, please take a picture! They are very hard to find!

Suggested movie "Nightmare on the 13th Floor" You can find the entire movie on YouTube.


  1. Hope you are feeling better, maybe you got your Friday the 13th early.

  2. The idea of omitting the floor does not take away the fact that the floor is still the 13th one up. Too logical, I know.
    The 13th floor, is a haunted house in San Antonio,TX

  3. I also thought it was Jeremy's tour here today! I want my money back :)

  4. We need to visit the 13th Floor haunted house. It looks spooky!