Against all odds, the remarkable Roy Sullivan was hit by lightning seven times in his life. Roy was a park ranger working in the Shenandoah National Park when he was first hit by lightning. He was standing in a tower in the middle of a storm when he realized he wasn’t in the safest of places. He decided to make a run for it. “I got just a few feet away from the tower, and then, blam!” he said.
Are you superstitious? Most people would say no, but in fact, many of us live our lives making off the wall choices. In the US, Friday the 13th is thought to be so unlucky that 10,000 fewer people choose to fly on this day. And businesses also suffer on that day because fewer people are traveling. The effects of the inauspicious number aren’t just limited to travel. Some elevators in the US even forgo the 13th floor, moving from the 12th floor to the 14th floor. Similarly, in Japan and China, people are superstitious about the number 4, so buildings sometimes lack a 4th floor.