13: The Story of the World's Most Notorious Superstition

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2005 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 212 pages
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Triskaidekaphobia: fear of the number 13

If thirteen people sit down at a table, will one die within a year? Why did five U.S. presidents join the Thirteen Club? What is the only major New York hotel that has a thirteenth floor?

In 13, a fascinating cultural history-cum-detective story, Nathaniel Lachenmeyer gets to the root of how one superstition—the fear of the number 13—developed among wildly divergent societies. A book about mythmaking, 13 explores why people believe what they believe, and the real reason Friday the 13th is the most unlucky day in the world.

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User Review  - pbadeer - LibraryThing

Overall, this was a very interesting book starting with the creation of the Thirteen Club (to fight the idea that 13 is unlucky) to the psychology and sources of superstitions related to the number 13 ... Read full review

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User Review  - sealford - LibraryThing

Who knew that the number 13 had such a background? I am different from most people, in that I view this number to be one of my luckier ones. However, there are several people that have a phobia about ... Read full review


The Origins of Unlucky 13
The Sin of 13
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About the author (2005)

Nathaniel Lachenmeyer is the author of the award-winning The Outsider: A Journey into My Father’s Struggle with Madnessas well as several children’s books.

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