A Sure Sign of Bad Luck

13 02 2009



“Well at least it’s not a black cat crossing our path…now that would be unlucky!” (Masai Mara, Kenya)


As you have undoubtedly heard at least 13 times already today, triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13. It is triskaidekaphobia that is responsible for hotels lacking a 13th floor, many airlines avoiding flight number 13 and a surprisingly-high number of people going to elaborate lengths to avoid travelling at all today.


I am not a particularly superstitious person. Black cats don’t scare me unless their claws are extended, their backs arched and they’re flying through the air towards me. I do avoid walking under ladders, but that’s got more to do with a fear of falling hammers than superstition and I would very happily cross the Pacific sitting in row 13. Although I must confess that the latter has more to do with row 13 usually being in Business Class rather than any particularly great courage.


Even if you diligently avoid the number 13 during your travels, there’s no guarantee that all will go well. No matter how well you plan and how experienced a traveller you are, there’s always a degree of luck involved. Will your flights connect properly, will your hotel have your reservation, will the weather be good…or will you have the misfortune to end up in one of these fine establishments:


In a Bucharest hotel lobby:
The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.


From a Japanese information booklet about using a hotel air conditioner:
Cooles and Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your room, please control yourself.


On the menu of a Polish restaurant:
Salad a firm’s own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people’s fashion.


In a Norwegian cocktail lounge:
Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.


A modestly priced Tokyo hotel:
Hotel guests are requested not to steal towels from their rooms. If you are the kind of person who would do such a thing, please do not read this message.


From a Yugoslavian elevator:
Let us know about an inuficiency as well as leaking on the service. Our utmost will improve it.


From the menu of a restaurant in Vienna:
Fried milk, children sandwiches, roast cattle and boiled sheep.


On a Soviet ship in the Black Sea:
Help savering apparata in emergings behold many whistles! Associate the stringing apparata about the bosoms and meet behind. Flee then to the indifferent lifesavering shippen obediencing the instructs of the vessel chef.


In a Belgrade hotel lift:
To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.


A Finnish hotel’s instructions in case of fire:
If you are unable to leave your room, expose yourself in the window.


Room service menu, Ethiopian hotel:
Emergency snakes available at all hours.


A bar in Acapulco:
The manager has personally passed all the water served here.


In a Tokyo bar:
Special cocktail for the ladies with nuts.




Photo and post by:  Simon Vaughan



One response

23 06 2009

It’s only unlucky if the black cat runs away from you…If he crosses your path without being scared of you…It’s actually considered good luck!

Try that with the little lion now! 😉

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