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Irish license plate system changing due to fear of number 13
Posted: 13 September 2012 03:20 AM   [ Ignore ]
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The Government is to bring in a new licence-plate system next year amid fears that a ‘13’ registration number would hit car sales.

Cars registered between January and the end of June will have a ‘131’ registration. Those from July 1 to the end of the year will have ‘132’ on the plate.

The decision is based partly on fears that superstition about a ‘13’ reg would affect sales and partly in response to the motor industry’s plea to spread sales more evenly across the year.

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/2013-number-plates-to-be-changed-to-avoid-unlucky-13-3208978.html

I find it sad that in this day and age people still have a fear of the number 13.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 04:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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We have a lot of superstitious nonsense in the US, but nothing like that.

Out of curiosity,does the Catholic church still have too much power in Ireland?

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Posted: 13 September 2012 04:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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mid atlantic - 13 September 2012 04:03 AM

We have a lot of superstitious nonsense in the US, but nothing like that.

Out of curiosity,does the Catholic church still have too much power in Ireland?

I wouldn’t say they have that much now days; 50 years ago they had a lot, but not so much now; it’s slowly declining. There’s a lot of talk on the radio of how less and less people are going to Church.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 08:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I first heard about this superstious omen in connection with the number 13 from reading Arnold Shoenberg’s biography. I gathered he had a strong dred for anything to do with the number 13. However, in his case (Shoenberg was very eccentric indeed) it turned out his foreboding was justified in the end, for he died on that same date.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 09:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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My supervisor flipped her wig on the last Friday the 13th.  Everything and anything that went wrong she blamed on the date.  She’s also gotten weirded out when I’ve punched in at 9:11, a price of $6.66 came up, and so on.  She’s stupid, uneducated, and superstitious.  Christ I hate my job.  *Stares longingly at noose hanging in back of room.*

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mid atlantic - 13 September 2012 04:03 AM

We have a lot of superstitious nonsense in the US, but nothing like that.

Yes we do. How many tall buildings have you seen which skip the number 13 when listing floors?

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Posted: 13 September 2012 10:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Right, how about black cats, walking under ladders, etc, and don’t forget about all the “organic” foods and “natural” remedies. 

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Posted: 13 September 2012 12:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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My supervisor flipped her wig on the last Friday the 13th.  Everything and anything that went wrong she blamed on the date.  She’s also gotten weirded out when I’ve punched in at 9:11, a price of $6.66 came up, and so on.  She’s stupid, uneducated, and superstitious.  Christ I hate my job.  *Stares longingly at noose hanging in back of room.*


Next time purposefully punch in 333, tell her it’s only half evil.


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Posted: 13 September 2012 12:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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CosmicFog - 13 September 2012 03:20 AM

The Government is to bring in a new licence-plate system next year amid fears that a ‘13’ registration number would hit car sales.

Cars registered between January and the end of June will have a ‘131’ registration. Those from July 1 to the end of the year will have ‘132’ on the plate.

The decision is based partly on fears that superstition about a ‘13’ reg would affect sales and partly in response to the motor industry’s plea to spread sales more evenly across the year.

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/2013-number-plates-to-be-changed-to-avoid-unlucky-13-3208978.html

I find it sad that in this day and age people still have a fear of the number 13.

My previous license plate (government issued) had the number “666”.  I thought it was funny.  (Although I was hit a couple of times in minor collisions, no fault of my own.)

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Posted: 13 September 2012 01:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I lived on the thirteenth floor for a decade or so. LOL

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Posted: 13 September 2012 01:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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But seriously speaking, superstitious behavior occurs naturally.  We can only overcome it, when it is worth doing so, through awareness and reason.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 03:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Thevillageatheist - 13 September 2012 12:33 PM

My supervisor flipped her wig on the last Friday the 13th.  Everything and anything that went wrong she blamed on the date.  She’s also gotten weirded out when I’ve punched in at 9:11, a price of $6.66 came up, and so on.  She’s stupid, uneducated, and superstitious.  Christ I hate my job.  *Stares longingly at noose hanging in back of room.*


Next time purposefully punch in 333, tell her it’s only half evil.


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Why not 111, it’s only 1/6th evil? LOL

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Posted: 13 September 2012 06:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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TromboneAndrew - 13 September 2012 10:29 AM
mid atlantic - 13 September 2012 04:03 AM

We have a lot of superstitious nonsense in the US, but nothing like that.

Yes we do. How many tall buildings have you seen which skip the number 13 when listing floors?

Never seen any that skip floor 13, but I live in a town with not that many tall buildings.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 06:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Dead Monky - 13 September 2012 09:37 AM

She’s also gotten weirded out when I’ve punched in at 9:11, a price of $6.66 came up, and so on.  She’s stupid, uneducated, and superstitious.

LOL  I’m sure you’ve had to hold back from verbally ripping her a new one.

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Posted: 13 September 2012 06:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Why not 111, it’s only 1/6th evil?


Derek, come on man! If you get own that low even the half evil villains would just laugh at you. That makes you 5/6ths good and satan would shake his head in disgust! Tsk,tsk.  mad


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Thevillageatheist - 13 September 2012 06:30 PM

Why not 111, it’s only 1/6th evil?


Derek, come on man! If you get own that low even the half evil villains would just laugh at you. That makes you 5/6ths good and satan would shake his head in disgust! Tsk,tsk.  mad


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I disagree with your math.  I propose that negative 666 would be perfect goodness.  Zero would be neither good nor evil. 111 would only be 1/6th evil, but not good at all.  So 111 could be a minor minion of a really evil villain, say, perhaps a 555.

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