13 by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
The Story of the World's Most Popular Superstition

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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?

About Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

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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.
Published October 5, 2004 by Running Press. 240 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In the late 19th century, members of the “Thirteen Club” met on Fridays, walking under ladders and breaking mirrors before sitting down to dinner, 13 at a table, to show their contempt for superstition.

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Lachenmeyer begins with the phobia's""golden age from 1860 to 1940 when Thirteen Clubs around the world assembled at tables of 13 to defy superstition that one of them would die."" Moving back in time, Lachenmeyer then posits theories for the source of this worldwide superstition.

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They are books that take on one topic and mine it for endless anecdotes and historical curios, but they don’t claim that by looking through the prism of the topic at hand, a reader can discern the entire arc of human history.

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