Superstitious? You Might Avoid Today's Finnair Flight 666
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When Concordia tipped off the Coast of Tuscany in January 2012, it was a Friday the 13th. The passenger ship was carrying 4,252 people. Now pick a moment to add that up: 4, 2, 5 and 2 equals 13. If you're not superstitious, no big deal. Numbers are numbers. No connection to bad navigation or whatever. That sober attitude must have been prevalent on today's Copenhagen to Helsinki Flight 666.
Today is a Friday the 13th, too, and the passenger going to the gate and checking the board for this plane ride would have been watching for H-E-L 666. For certain readers of the Bible's Book of Revelation, that's the so-called number of the beast, not exactly good news. So we salute you, passengers of Flight 666, for your bravery, especially those of you in row 13. We're glad you landed safely.
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