Do you suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia — a morbid and irrational fear of Friday the 13th, when superstitions abound? Hopefully, not.

Those of a superstitious nature might be interested to note that The Thirteen Club was formed in 1881 with the lofty goal of improving the number 13’s reputation ( “They met on the 13th of the month, sat 13 to a table, broke mirrors and spilled salt with exuberance and walked in to dinner under crossed ladders.”

The club’s annual reports noted member deaths each year. The Ear can just envision an entry now: Cause of death — crushed by ladder.

— Elleda Wilson

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