# Fears About Numbers

### Are you afraid of numbers? Do you fear one specific number, some of them, or all of them in general? If so, I hope my math tricks will help you conquer your fear, besides, numbers are for counting & measuring. Never let math homework terrify you again!

According to some common beliefs, these two specific numbers are very likely to scare people:

## 13 & 666.

People fear the number **13** because it's considered unlucky; similarly Chinese people consider the number **4** unlucky. And the number **666** is sometimes called: "the Mark of the Beast"; it's also considered unlucky especially in __Christian__ traditions. A verse in the Bible associates this number with the Devil. Some people even fear the number **8** because of its figure!

The table below shows terms related to number fears:

Term | Fear of the Number |
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tetraphobia | 4 |

octophobia | 8 |

triskaidekaphobia | 13 |

hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia | 666 |

numerophobia | All of Them! |

For a person who fears any of these numbers, the I & A in *-phobia* would both be replaced with an E forming *-phobe*, and a person who fears the number **13** for example would be called a *triskaidekaphobe*. As an adjective, the A is replaced with a C forming *-phobic*, as in *tetraphobic*.

Sometimes, people are so scared of these numbers that they don't even want to print them! In some buildings, the 13th floor is called "12A"; otherwise, they just skip the number 13 altogether! The same is done with airlines' seating rows! (What a shame!) The most commonly known superstition about the number 13 is that Friday the 13th of any month is considered a day of bad luck! This date is never deleted from calendars and if it was, people might lose track of the current date which would be terrible; besides, you can't stop a day from becoming today!

##### In Season 3, Episode 31: "Bedridden Burger", Burger had paraskavedekatriaphobia(fear of Friday the 13th!)

You should always remember that whether you fear it or not, a number is a number, and it deserves to be treated like one. Despite the superstitions about them, the numbers are just numbers in the following arithmetic statements, and **NOT** figures of misfortune:

## 13 - 1 = 12 4 + 2 = 6

## 333 × 2 = 666 111 × 6 = 666

## 26 ÷ 2 = 13 666 - 88 = 578

The superstitions about misfortune are just coincidences. (Coincidences can be tricky, I understand that.) All the arithmetic statements above are correct and all they're doing is telling the truth about numbers; they aren't here to jinx you!

##### Source of Reference: Easy as Pi: Numbers We Use Every Day by Jamie Buchan

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