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13: The Story of the World’s Most Notorious Superstition
Nathaniel Lachenmeyer (au)
If 13 people sit down at a table, will one die within a year? What is the only major N.Y. hotel that has a 13th floor? What does it mean if a clock strikes 13? This fascinating cultural history cum detective story gets to the root of how one superstition -- the fear of the number 13 -- developed among wildly divergent societies. Explores why people believe what they believe, and the real reason Friday the 13th is the most unlucky day in the world. Perhaps 13 is unlucky because the 13th letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the letter “M,” which is the first letter in the word “mavet,” meaning death. Or because there were 13 attendees at the Last Supper when Jesus was betrayed. “Probes the history of the world’s scariest number.” Illustrations.
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