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Posts tagged is the fear of the number 13 a real thing
E13 - TriscuitFacebookPhobia

Why do we tolerate poor customer service? David's local Starbucks can't seem to get his drink order right. It's black iced tea, not the secret recipe for a molecular transcendental latte. It's ice and tea. That stressor launched us into a conversation about erections and watermelon and how David's grandfather told everyone he was no longer interested in living if he was unable to get an erection. Kevin's stressor for the week was the Facebook friend requests from these random scantily clad ladies from far away lands. We decided it was likely a bot trying to access people's accounts. Block 'em!

It should come as no surprise that our 13th episode is all about the fear of the number 13, or triskaidekaphobia. David joked he thought that it was the fear of Triscuits, although he may have been serious. Kevin has no issues with the number 13 as he's not superstitious. David is hyper superstitious and has found himself adjusting his like to avoid 13 such as when he asked the hotel clerk to move his room after finding out he was assigned room 1313. 

Kevin shares some highlights from his research on the topic. For example, the fear of the number 13 dates back to some outlandish date B.C., which David jokes is "before Cher." And there were some pretty significant tragedies that occurred on the 13th. In Apollo 13, the engine died on the 13th. The Costa Concordia cruise ship accident also occurred on the 13th. Then there is Friday the 13th - doubly scary. 

Kevin also shares some research about other cultures. In China and other asian counties, the numbers 4 and 14 are also sources of superstitions. In Italy, it's the number 17. In Afghanistan, it's the curse of the number 39 although we have no idea why. 

David raised the link between the numbers 13 and 666. Kevin does a quick Google search to discover the source of the 666 fear. It's biblical. And in some texts it's actually the number 616. All of the talk about 666 and numbers of the beast started to get David all riled up. We know how he feels about demonic possessions. 

The episode wraps up with a fast-paced hop across 350 other topics before landing on our signature closing, "Life is crazy. You don't have to be."