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Happy Friday 13th!

A lot of people dislike Friday 13th, but as my birthday is on a 13th, it’s been inevitable that some of those have been Fridays – and they’ve always been splendid. In fact, every Friday 13th has been good for me…except Friday 13th January 1995, which shall forever haunt my nightmares…

Thursday 12th was good; my brother and I boarded the sleeper train in India after a deliciously spicy curry in Hampi. We were enroute to take up our Bollywood acting roles twenty hours away in Bombay.

At 6 a.m. on Friday 13th, I awoke on my top-berth sleeper to find us half an hour away from Bombay, with that rumbling feeling in my stomach that travellers in India know and dread. In the half-light of the carriage I charged towards the single toilet, knocking sleepy fellow travellers out of the way in my mad dash for the stinking cubicle. Which was occupied. ARRGGGH!!

Disaster struck. As Charlotte Brontë would have said, Reader: I shat myself.

And then, the humilating climb to the top bunk to find a clean set of clothes from my backpack. The soiled clothing went through the hole-in-the-floor-toilet and onto the track, where for all I know it still lies, a pungent little monument to a bad Friday 13th and Bombay bowel belligerence.

What’s your best Friday 13th disaster?

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7 Responses to “ Happy Friday 13th! ”

Comment by Tim

Hope your 4th, 15th,21st, 26th, 32nd birthdays were good ‘uns. I have a vague recollection of your 15th (birthday that is) Good luck for your 43rd (!!!!!)

Comment by Alessandro Ansa

Bruce, you wouldn’t be related somehow to Okhil Babu who had a similar experience in the 1900s and wrote this graphic letter which, legend would have it, led to the introduction of toilets on Indian trains? Apparently the letter is on display in New Dehli’s railway museum.

Comment by Clare Haines

It is 12pm on Friday 13th and to be honest, I really dont know why I bothered getting out of bed. I feel I real weight in the atmosphere.

This morning so far-Irun a magazine

I have had complaint after complaint and we never get them
A collegue who I work with and have been for the last 6 months shouted at me cause he is having a bad day

To top it off I received a court summonds from British Gas of something I have paid but now am unable to prove

Shall Igo back to bed and not come out until tomorrow

Comment by Hime

Ahahaha.. I saw the first part of this story on MyOpera.

I don’t recall any story of that sort during my Friday the 13ths. I had incidents, but they occured at random dates.

Comment by Dan

My Fridays the 13th experience was pretty bad: I got a job one summer working as a counselor at a kids summer camp. It wasn’t bad – I got to make-out with some of the other members of the staff while we were preparing the place for the kids to arrive. But then somebody started killing the counselors! Turns out it was the crazy mother of some kid who drowned there years ago. Luckily I was able to kill her before she killed me! So I guess it actually wasn’t that bad.

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