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- Posted:Friday, November 27, 2009
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Book room 17 in hostels in Rome
According to Budget Travel, it's feared because in Roman numerals it is written XVII which, as an anagram of VIXI, is Latin for 'I have lived' or, in other words, 'I am dead'. Spooky stuff and not really a cause for worry you might think, but the Italians have issues with this and it might be an interesting game to carry out while in the country to try and find a room displaying the number 17. That sounds like a challenge to me - let me know how you get on! (In fact, I think I might play it as well, the next time I'm in Rome.)
Hopefully you'll find this next snippet of information as entertaining as I did - the news source also revealed that airline Lufthansa, hedging its bets somewhat, decided to do all of its customers a service by removing rows 17 and 13 from all of its airplanes. Comedy!
What's more, it's even affected the Olympic Games. Back in 2007, the Guardian reported that 2006's Winter Olympics - which were held in Turin - saw the 17th curve of the Cesana bobsled course be called 'senza nome', or 'without a name'.
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