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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Lachenmeyer (The Stones of Madness) uncovers the odd world of"triskaidekaphobia"--the fear of the number 13--in this sometimes amusing but rambling assemblage of myth and history. Lachenmeyer begins ... Read full review

Contents

The Origins of Unlucky 13
35
The Sin of 13
63
Friday the 13th
79
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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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