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

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Running Press, Oct 5, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 212 pages
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13 brings together forgotten history and unknown facts about unlucky 13 to create the compelling story of the rise of a single belief. It is also a book about superstition in general — why people believe what they believe and why they stop believing when they do. 13 draws on history and the range of contemporary superstitions; in so doing, it touches on the fate of mythmaking in general. 13 answers the following questions, among others: When did the 13 superstition begin, and why? Why is Spain divided over whether Tuesday the 13th or Friday the 13th is the traditional unlucky 13th day? What other number superstitions exist in other cultures? Which is the only major hotel in New York City that has a 13th floor? What are the top three conspiracy theories about unlucky 13? What is the Thirteen Club, and why did it count three U.S. presidents among its members?

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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

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