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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.

About the Author

Nathaniel Lachenmeyer is the author of the award-winning The Outsider: A Journey into My Fathe‛s Struggle with Madness as well as several childre‛s books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452284968
Subtitle:
The Story of the World's Most Notorious Superstition
Author:
Lachenmeyer, Nathani
Author:
Lachenmeyer, Nathaniel
Publisher:
Plume
Subject:
General
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20050830
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.72x5.08x.43 in. .37 lbs.

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