Take, for instance, the number 13.
Triskaidekaphobia – the fear of anything associated with the number 13 – is prevalent in society. Many tall buidings choose to skip floor 13 and go right from 12 to 14. Friday the 13th has become a day that is noted and highlighted in social media posts, though it’s usually just another uneventful day on the calendar.
In sports, players try to avoid being issued the dreaded number. That seems silly, given the success that many of their peers and predecessors have had with it.