|Loki, being a jerk.|
In 1898 Savoy Hotel guest, Woolf Joel booked a table at the hotel restaurant for a party of fourteen - one guest was a no show, making it a party of thirteen. Another version cites it was originally a party of thirteen. Host Joel, laughed off some of his more superstitious guests, but lady luck would have the final laugh, as he was shot and killed soon after, by a blackmailer in his Johannesburg office.
Since then, in an effort to avoid such misfortune, the Savoy has provided parties of thirteen with a fourteenth dinner guest in the guise of a black cat named Kaspar. Kaspar stands approximately three feet tall, is carved of wood in an art deco style. He is treated like any other guest and is adorned with a napkin tied about his neck, is given a full setting and is served multiple courses.
During WWII, poor Kaspar was catnapped by Royal Air Force personnel. Winston Churchill himself, demanded the cat be returned immediately.
Kaspar has even inspired a children's book, penned by Savoy Writer In Residence, Michael Morpurgo - Kaspar Prince Of Cats.
Triskaidekaphobics everywhere can rejoice and relax while dining at The Savoy.