Why don t elevators have a 13th floor

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why don t elevators have a 13th floor

Eye Mind: Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators by Paul Drummond

“One of the most exhilarating and important rock ’n’ roll stories ever told.”—Julian Cope

The trailblazing 13th Floor Elevators released the first “psychedelic” rock album in America, transforming culture throughout the 1960s and beyond. The Elevators followed their own spiritual cosmic agenda, to change society by finding a new path to enlightenment. Their battles with repressive authorities in Texas and their escape to San Francisco’s embryonic counterculture are legendary.

When the Elevators returned to Texas, the band became subject to investigation by Austin police. Lead singer Roky Erickson was forced into a real-life enactment of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and was put away in a maximum-security unit for the criminally insane for years. Tommy Hall, their Svengali lyricist, lived in a cave. Guitarist Stacy Sutherland was imprisoned. The drummer was involuntarily subjected to electric shock treatments, and the bassist was drafted into the Vietnam War.

This fascinating biography breaks decades of silence of band members and addresses a huge cult following of Elevators fans in the United States and Europe. The group is revered as a formative influence on Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith, Primal Scream, R.E.M, and Z.Z. Top.

Roky Erickson is the subject of a heralded recent documentary feature, You’re Gonna Miss Me; a box set of remastered Elevators CDs with liner notes by author Paul Drummond will be issued in fall 2007.

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This Is Why Apartment Buildings Don’t Have a Thirteenth Floor

If you ever find yourself in a confused and dazed state in an elevator because you couldn't find the number 13 button, don't worry, you are not the first one to face the horrific dilemma. And there's a good chance that you won't be able to find the same in other hotels too! It's way too common for hotels to not have the 13th floor and is a popular practice in the United States. While this may sound a bit drastic and out-of-mind measure taken by the hoteliers, there's more behind the curtain of reasons than you can imagine. So, tighten your seat-belts and get ready for a spookish-ride to the origin of number 13th.

The thirteenth floor is a designation of a level of a multi-level building that is often omitted in countries where the number 13 is considered unlucky. 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. This practice became commonplace, and eventually found its way into American mainstream culture and building design. The origin of skipping the thirteenth floor when installing elevators is not known. However, during the advent of early skyscrapers, New York architectural critics warned developers not to exceed the height of the 13th floor.

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How could this legend about the unluckiness of the number 13 pervade even the hospitality industry? Are we all that superstitious to the point of excluding a whole floor? Apparently, yes. And apparently, there are many reasons for this unique piece of elevator trivia. The fact that it was later found to be a simple clerical error makes no difference: the die was already cast.

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  1. Canviemota says:

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