# 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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This paper will explore the act of crucifixion as compared to the death of Jesus Christ and the results thereof. During crucifixion the victim’s hands, or wrists, and feet were bound and…

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• ## Divine Revocessity In The Bible: The Divine Morality Of Jesus

First, Jesus tells Judas secrets of the kingdom and sets him apart from the others. For instance, He says, “Step away from the others and I shall tell you the mysteries of the kingdom...” (Judas Scene 1). Jesus is setting Judas apart from the others, he is worthy of knowing the mysteries. Next, Jesus calls him the “thirteenth spirit” (Judas scene 3). This can be interpreted as the thirteenth angel or thirteenth demon.…

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• ## Fahrenheit 451 And Saudi Arabia Analysis

This results in the perspective of seeing women as objects/animals that man can do as pleased which lead to the dehumanization of women in Saudi Arabia. Next, there is plenty of dehumanization from the novel Fahrenheit 451, "Hell!’ the operator's cigarette moved on his lips. "We get these cases nine or ten a night. Got so many, starting a few years ago, we had the special machines built” (Bradbury 24). This quote shows dehumanization because the people of Fahrenheit 451 are overdosing so much that overdosing becomes an everyday problem.…

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• ## Smoking Smoking

Many couples dream of the day they will become parents, but picking up a bad habit can take away that bouncing bundle of joy in an instant. Smoking doesn’t only affect the smoker, but it affects everyone around that person. During 2012, about 58 million people have been exposed to second hand smoke which kills about 41,000 people annually, according to the CDC (“Cigarette”). Second hand smoke contains about 7,000 chemicals which are found in gasoline, steel, chemical weapons, household cleaners, paint and paint thinners, batteries, pesticides, and so much more (“Secondhand”). Secondhand smoke hazards shouldn’t be blown off, for they do the same damage to the body as smoking…

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• ## The Lucifer Effects Philip Zimbardo Analysis

Even within the pages of this book, the example that is most commonly used is WWII, the legal genocide of the Jews by Germany Nazi’s and Hitler, whom will forever be mocked (especially that stupid mustache and comb-over) is a prominent example of what happens in history when a leader with charisma and somewhat of a sociopathic/psychopathic tendencies gets into office. The government or a group with the right amount of charisma can turn you to think against anyone or race. Even groups, like the church, that no one really thought about going bad, uses advertisement to annihilate a race. Another example is the south, they used propaganda against the blacks after and during the civil war. (Zimbardo 8-13) This bundle of information also annoyed me, because even now cults use this method (flyers) to attract money and followers.…

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• ## Computer Technology: Why Should We Use A Computer?

Computers are a valuable tool, but they are not a filing cabinet. The opposition is not just a couple people in the U.S. however, nearly every American that owns a computer has at least some personal information stored in their non-trusty computers. We need to realize we do not possess the technology to keep these hackers out of our beeswax. The only way to stop our information from being stolen is to remove it from your computer, because once it is in there it is gone in a blink of an…

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• ## Cigarettes Smoking: The Leading Cause Of Avoidable Death

In the same article, Cartwright explains, “one study showing a 29% increase in the risk of kidney failure in male smokers compared to people who never smoked”(93). Cigarettes put a big risk on the health of smokers. These smokers can have many disadvantages due to cigarettes. In Chapter 4 “The Price of Smoking” Bonnie Graves gives a personal example of two twins, David(smoker) and Paco(nonsmoker), and how one is affected by smoking cigarettes. For example, Graves states, “Only Paco still starts for the team, however David missed several practice sessions because of the flu.…

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• ## Sarah Koenig's Serial Case Analysis

This, However, is faulty evidence, as the AT&T representative states that cell phone records are unreliable. All calls are pinged by the closest radio tower, in a certain direction (A, B, or C). In this case, A cell tower picked up a call coming from Leakin park, around the time Jay claims that they were burying Hae-Min Lee’s body. While this is extremely troubling, this was all that was presented to the jury. The prosecutor purposelessly left out the fact that this is not substantial at all, as it could have possibly been a the person calling Adnan, rather than Adnan himself.…

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• ## The Assassinations Of Adolf Hitler Hatred Towards Jews In World War II

In the mid 1900’s Adolf Hitler had taken control of Germany leading the country through world war 2. His hatred towards Jews was a result of many incidents occurring in his life which he believed was the Jews fault. This influenced how he had controlled Germany and the war, starting up concentration camps and making new laws which ruined lives. Its easy to say Hitler was a murderer of many, and a lot of people realized the wrongful ways of Hitler but were not brave enough to stand up against him because he had military. If anyone had tried to hurt Hitler they would find themselves in a bad situation.…

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• ## The Importance Of The Death Penalty In China

In modern China, The number of the death penalty increased rapidly, especially during the period of The Cultural Revolution in China (1966.5-1976.10). It is a wrong revolution waged by a problem-minded leader made common people suffer. At that time, many people were sentenced to death by the government. Because Chinese government thought those people’s idea were contrary to the principles of socialism. My grandmother told me that her father was killed in this way.…

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