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

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Thunder's Mouth Press, 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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Review: 13: The Story of the World's Most Notorious Superstition

User Review  - Diana - Goodreads

This book traces the rise and fall of some of the world's most popular beliefs -both the lucky and the unlucky- of the notorious number 13. Triskadekophobes fear the number and avoid it at all costs ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Jennifer Willson - Goodreads

Ive always been interested in Friday the 13th and thus book taught me a lot of history I didn't know about it. great read Read full review

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Nathaniel Lachenmeyer is also the author of The Origami Master", illustrated by Aki Sogabe, and Broken Beaks", illustrated by Robert R. Ingpen. He has also written nonfiction books for adults. The Boo! Book "is his first haunted book, and he lives in a not-haunted house outside of Atlanta.

Nicoletta Ceccoli studied at the State Institute of Art in Urbino, Italy. She was awarded a Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators in New York, and won the Anderson Prize, honoring her as the best children's book illustrator in Italy. Nicoletta has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum" and How the Robin Saved Spring". She lives in San Marino, Italy.

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