Superstitions Theory

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The fear of numbers is called numerophobia or arithmophobia which is the exaggerated, constant and often irrational fear of numbers. The website fearof.net says: “Arithmophobic might fear all kinds of numbers, especially complex mathematical computations. Just the thought of solving a difficult arithmetic equation in school or doing calculations in day-to-day life could cause intense panic in the sufferer.” I wish I would have known about this phobia in high school, I would have tried to get a doctor’s note to excuse me. There are some theories to where the superstition of numbers has come from. It all points back to the number 13. One theory is the Judas theory. This has to do with Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus. Allegedly …show more content…
In 1881 there was a Thirteen Club ran by Captain William Fowler, who was a Civil War veteran. The club wanted to put an end to the number 13 being bad luck as well as ending other superstitions. The first meeting was held on Friday January the 13, 1881 at 8:13pm. There was 13 people who all dined in room 13. As the guests enter they would walk under ladders where they were seated amoung piles of spilled salt. The Thirteen Club was popular in North America over the next forty years, but eventually all the clubs faded from interest. Many Americans have the fear of numbers. From the website history channel they had an article that said: “Researchers estimate that at least 10 percent of the U.S. population has a fear of the number 13, and each year the even more specific …show more content…
In the National Geographic, there was an article by Jaclyn Skurie, called Superstitious Numbers Around the World. She tells the reader about five numbers from different countries that are presumably unlucky. In China, they believe the number 4 is unlucky because fours pronunciation is similar to their word for death. To which, many buildings skip a fourth floor. In Japan the number 9 sounds like the word for torture or suffering. While in Afghanistan, they say the number 39 translates into morda-gow, which means “dead cow.” Also it is a well-known slang term for a procurer of prostitutes. Lastly she talks about how Italians are superstitious about Friday the 17th because when the Roman numeral XVII is rearranged it can create VIXI, which translates from Latin to mean “my life is over.” After reading how other countries fear numbers as well, it makes me feel better knowing, Americans are not the only ones who fear them. There is an abundance of countries that fear the number four, so much that it is called tetraphobia. Tetraphobia is the practice of avoiding instances of the number four. Tetraphobia is most common is East Asian and Southeast Asian regions. Each region takes different precautions. Some areas they don’t use the number 4 in license plates, houses, they don’t have major events and parking lots even skip the number. Tetraphobia is such a big deal that Nokia did not release

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