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Friday The 13th: 13 Superstitions That Show Our Fear Of The Number 13 (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 11/16/10 11:19 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 03:40 PM ET

Friday the 13th is said to be unlucky because it combines a historically unlucky day and unlucky number.

The No. 13 has long gotten the human race riled up -- back to ancient times. It's even led to a condition called triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13.

That fear for 13 has led to some strange decisions and unusual behavior in the past. Here are 13 examples.

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  • No room in the inn

    Hospitals and hotels regularly have no room number 13.

  • On the street

    Many cities don't have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue. This city tempted fate.

  • Blame your parents

    If you have 13 letters in your name, you're said to have the devil's luck. Like, this guy (Charles Manson).

  • Checking in

    Many airports skip the 13th gate.

  • Aisle omission

    Airplanes have no 13th aisle.

  • Numero...?

    Italians omit the number 13 from their national lottery.

  • Unlucky height

    More than 80% of high rises lack a 13th floor

  • One solution

    On streets in Florence, Italy, the house between number 12 and 14 is addressed as 12 and a half.

  • Hangman's noose

    Traditionally in hangings, there are 13 knots in the noose and 13 steps leading up to the moment of death.

  • Dinner luck

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy may know that in France, socialites called quatorziens (fourteeners) make themselves available as 14th guests to keep a dinner party from an unlucky fate.

  • Space travel

    Many say the No. 13 pointed to the ill-fated mission to the moon, Apollo 13.

  • It's in the cards

    Tarot Card number 13 is the Death Card, depicting the Grim Reaper.

  • Ancient ties

    Some say that the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi (circa 1780 B.C.E.) is to blame for the No. 13 woes since the 13th law is omitted.

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