Why is 13 considered unlucky? Explaining the power of its bad reputation

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More than 40 million Americans admit that they would avoid staying on the 13th floor of a high-rise building. The fear of the number 13, known as triskaidekaphobia, is so widespread that the Otis Elevator Co. reports that for every building with a 13th floor, six others skip straight from the 12th to the 14th. The origins of the superstition are unclear, but one explanation is that the number 13 contrasts with the sense of completeness and perfection represented by the number 12. In some cultures, other numbers, such as 9 in Japan and 4 in China, are also considered unlucky. Read full article here

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