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Freaky Friday! These folks famously love, hate the number 13
It’s Friday the 13th — and for some people, that’s a big, big deal. Find out where famous folks like Taylor Swift, A-Rod, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Fidel Castro fall on the 13-o-meter.
For some people, the number 13 is a big, big deal. The controversial numeral has generated especially strong feelings for these folks in particular:
Singer Taylor Swift may be known for her song “22,” but in real life she’s quite fond of the number 13. Swift, whose birthday is Dec. 13, draws the number on her hand before every show, she once told MTV.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
America’s 32nd president had more than a mild case of triskaidekaphobia, or fear of the number 13. His fear was so intense that he refused to travel on the 13th of any month or host a meal with 13 guests. "If he had a cancellation and it looked as if there might be 13 people to lunch, he invited his secretary to join them so there wouldn't be 13," said Stuart Vyse, a psychology professor and author of "Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition."
Unlike FDR, this former U.S. president loved the number 13 and considered it his lucky number. He liked the number so much that dropped his first name “Thomas” as a teenager because the letters in “Woodrow Wilson” added up to 13, according to "The Encyclopedia of Superstitions" by Richard Webster.