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(Wall Street Journal)   Silly, superstitious provincials still insist on skipping 13 when numbering building floors   (blogs.wsj.com) divider line 65
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2013-09-06 05:08:56 PM  
Thanks, Obama!
 
2013-09-06 05:09:07 PM  
"What room are you in?"
"14.01"
"No, you're not. Jump out of window, you'll die earlier!
 
2013-09-06 05:09:18 PM  
In Japan, they skip the 4th floor, or rooms with just the number 4.  The word for 4 in Japanese is "shi" which also can mean "death."  The office where I worked in Japan had 8 rooms, which were numbered, but the 4th room didn't have a number on it.
 
2013-09-06 05:10:44 PM  

Weatherkiss: Thanks, Obama!


You're welcome

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//Makes about as much sense as skipping the 13th floor.
 
2013-09-06 05:10:47 PM  
Those people on the 14th floor can pretend all they want. But they know, they know. As do the ghosts and murderers and psychopaths and poltergeists.
 
2013-09-06 05:11:17 PM  
This way, in case of an emergency, we get to play "how many floors does the building actually have that we have to evacuate?"

Stupid.
 
2013-09-06 05:11:31 PM  
FatherChaos

In Japan, they skip the 4th floor, or rooms with just the number 4. The word for 4 in Japanese is "shi" which also can mean "death."

Were they drunk making their numbers up?

1, 2, 3, death, 5 , 6 ... works for me.
 
2013-09-06 05:12:12 PM  
I wonder if there are any that do have a labeled 13th floor and if those are cheaper. I mean, if a person can save a few thousand dollars by not being stupid then more power to them.
 
2013-09-06 05:12:12 PM  
A-Rod wears 13 and look how good his career turned out.
 
2013-09-06 05:12:25 PM  
Silly dumbass city folk
 
2013-09-06 05:15:14 PM  
Old Jewish folk and hipsters?
 
2013-09-06 05:15:50 PM  
Nothing to do with the builders being dumb or superstitious.  Actually this is a sound business decision.

This way they never have to deal with crazy people who refuse to buy a condo on floor 13.  Anything that decreases the pool of people who could/would buy any particular floor of condos also decreases their market value.  So they skip one number when labeling the floors and presto, problem avoided.
 
2013-09-06 05:15:57 PM  
Always struck me as funny. There is still a 13th floor even if you call it something else. Are we still in the 17th century? People actually believe in superstitions?
 
2013-09-06 05:16:26 PM  
And the Chinese avoid the number 4 like the plague.
 
2013-09-06 05:16:42 PM  
www.13thfloor.at
 
2013-09-06 05:17:05 PM  
Yes folks, people are farking stupid.
 
2013-09-06 05:18:33 PM  
I think they do it as more of a "thing" than doing it as an actual thing they believe superstitously in.
 
2013-09-06 05:18:52 PM  
They can mislabel it all they want -- those buildings still have a 13th floor.  Unless they build that floor but cut off all access to it.

/That'd be cool!
 
2013-09-06 05:18:54 PM  
I find this totally odd.  I just was on the 15th floor of a hotel that was marked as the 16th floor in the elevators and on the card keys, really who are these people trying to fool, hey we won't say you are the 13th floor so you really aren't, wink wink.  Personally 13 is a lucky number for me since that is when my wife was born.
 
2013-09-06 05:19:47 PM  
Ooh, how urbane of them.
 
2013-09-06 05:20:29 PM  
FatherChaos:   In Japan, they skip the 4th floor, or rooms with just the number 4.  The word for 4 in Japanese is "shi" which also can mean "death."  The office where I worked in Japan had 8 rooms, which were numbered, but the 4th room didn't have a number on it.

Hong Kong as well.  Kongers are really a superstitious lot, especially if it deals with money and investments.
 
2013-09-06 05:21:06 PM  
My company works with many Chinese immigrants. The frequency with which we have to re-generate an account number because it ends with 4 for these folks is nuts. If it ends with more than one 4 then its pretty much guaranteed to be a lost cause. Silly superstitions.
 
2013-09-06 05:21:10 PM  

interstellar_tedium: I find this totally odd.  I just was on the 15th floor of a hotel that was marked as the 16th floor in the elevators and on the card keys, really who are these people trying to fool, hey we won't say you are the 13th floor so you really aren't, wink wink.  Personally 13 is a lucky number for me since that is when my wife was born.


Lucky for me as well. Although I guess having a "lucky" number is as superstitious as thinking a number is lucky.
 
2013-09-06 05:21:29 PM  

FatherChaos: In Japan, they skip the 4th floor, or rooms with just the number 4.  The word for 4 in Japanese is "shi" which also can mean "death."  The office where I worked in Japan had 8 rooms, which were numbered, but the 4th room didn't have a number on it.


Yikes....I wonder if accountants burn out faster there than air traffic controllers here....surrounded by potential death and all.
 
2013-09-06 05:23:29 PM  

interstellar_tedium: I find this totally odd.  I just was on the 15th floor of a hotel that was marked as the 16th floor in the elevators and on the card keys, really who are these people trying to fool, hey we won't say you are the 13th floor so you really aren't, wink wink.  Personally 13 is a lucky number for me since that is when my wife was born.


Just you wait.
 
2013-09-06 05:23:46 PM  

interstellar_tedium: I find this totally odd.  I just was on the 15th floor of a hotel that was marked as the 16th floor in the elevators and on the card keys, really who are these people trying to fool, hey we won't say you are the 13th floor so you really aren't, wink wink.  Personally 13 is a lucky number for me since that is when my wife was born.


Your wife was born in the year 13? Wow, what's her secret?
 
2013-09-06 05:24:45 PM  
Just make the 13th floor a half floor for the little people... then throw in a portal into Malkovich's head and we're all set!
 
2013-09-06 05:25:51 PM  

LtDarkstar: Just make the 13th floor a half floor for the little people... then throw in a portal into Malkovich's head and we're all set!


Like a mezzanine?
 
2013-09-06 05:26:06 PM  
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2013-09-06 05:26:57 PM  

FatherChaos: In Japan, they skip the 4th floor, or rooms with just the number 4.  The word for 4 in Japanese is "shi" which also can mean "death."  The office where I worked in Japan had 8 rooms, which were numbered, but the 4th room didn't have a number on it.


I bet that sometimes, when a Japanese corporation buys out a building in the states, they come in and reorder the numbering -  "Okay, we are getting rid of the fourth floor, but reinstating the 13th floor"
 
2013-09-06 05:27:10 PM  
Was just on Allegiant Air; no Row 13.

Also, oddly, no column "B"; seats are AC[aisle]DEF.
 
2013-09-06 05:27:28 PM  

Pichu0102: This way, in case of an emergency, we get to play "how many floors does the building actually have that we have to evacuate?"

Stupid.


I can usually tell that I'm at the bottom when the stairs don't go down any further.
 
2013-09-06 05:30:36 PM  

Rixel: FatherChaos: In Japan, they skip the 4th floor, or rooms with just the number 4.  The word for 4 in Japanese is "shi" which also can mean "death."  The office where I worked in Japan had 8 rooms, which were numbered, but the 4th room didn't have a number on it.

I bet that sometimes, when a Japanese corporation buys out a building in the states, they come in and reorder the numbering -  "Okay, we are getting rid of the fourth floor, but reinstating the 13th floor"


Actually, due to Western influences, 13 has also come to be "unlucky" to the Japanese.

Also interesting, (according to Wikipedia) "Because of these unlucky numbers, sometimes levels or rooms with 4 or 9 in them don't exist in hospitals or hotels, and particularly in the maternity section of a hospital, the room number 43 is avoided because it can literally mean "still birth"."
 
2013-09-06 05:31:00 PM  
My colleague just pointed this out.....We should add a day to February, then just get rid of September 11th.  Try to anniversarize that terrorists!
 
2013-09-06 05:36:10 PM  
I still skip 13 when doing situps... and 8,9,10,11,12,14,15,16,17,18,19 and 20.
 
2013-09-06 05:37:39 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Was just on Allegiant Air; no Row 13.

Also, oddly, no column "B"; seats are AC[aisle]DEF.


That's so C&D are consistently aisle seats, regardless of whether the plane is 4-, 5-, or 6-across.
 
2013-09-06 05:40:57 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Was just on Allegiant Air; no Row 13.

Also, oddly, no column "B"; seats are AC[aisle]DEF.


I've seen airlines skip a letter before, but not like that.  Like AB (aisle) DEF.
 
2013-09-06 05:50:53 PM  
I work on the 13th floor, so i'm getting a kick

/ old building, has wood lined windows that could open, pre-A/C days.  still allows smoking indoors, but not in public areas. marble everything else.
 
2013-09-06 05:52:07 PM  

Random Anonymous Blackmail: FatherChaos

In Japan, they skip the 4th floor, or rooms with just the number 4. The word for 4 in Japanese is "shi" which also can mean "death."

Were they drunk making their numbers up?

1, 2, 3, death, 5 , 6 ... works for me.


How is that any different to 10, 11, 12, random bad luck and bad mojo, 14, 15?
 
2013-09-06 05:52:08 PM  

FatherChaos: In Japan, they skip the 4th floor, or rooms with just the number 4.  The word for 4 in Japanese is "shi" which also can mean "death."  The office where I worked in Japan had 8 rooms, which were numbered, but the 4th room didn't have a number on it.


No worse than some Christians aversion to the number 666.
 
2013-09-06 05:53:14 PM  
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2013-09-06 05:53:30 PM  

FizixJunkee: FatherChaos: In Japan, they skip the 4th floor, or rooms with just the number 4.  The word for 4 in Japanese is "shi" which also can mean "death."  The office where I worked in Japan had 8 rooms, which were numbered, but the 4th room didn't have a number on it.

No worse than some Christians aversion to the number 666.


Heh, I've seen people in the grocery store flip out and grab a random candy bar to scan just because their total was $6.66
 
2013-09-06 05:57:18 PM  

scottydoesntknow: FizixJunkee: FatherChaos: In Japan, they skip the 4th floor, or rooms with just the number 4.  The word for 4 in Japanese is "shi" which also can mean "death."  The office where I worked in Japan had 8 rooms, which were numbered, but the 4th room didn't have a number on it.

No worse than some Christians aversion to the number 666.

Heh, I've seen people in the grocery store flip out and grab a random candy bar to scan just because their total was $6.66


I worked at a cellular company in high school, and the system we used to give numbers to people spit out ***-***-0666 for a priest.  He chuckled, but said we should probably change it.
 
2013-09-06 05:59:25 PM  

meat0918: scottydoesntknow: FizixJunkee: FatherChaos: In Japan, they skip the 4th floor, or rooms with just the number 4.  The word for 4 in Japanese is "shi" which also can mean "death."  The office where I worked in Japan had 8 rooms, which were numbered, but the 4th room didn't have a number on it.

No worse than some Christians aversion to the number 666.

Heh, I've seen people in the grocery store flip out and grab a random candy bar to scan just because their total was $6.66

I worked at a cellular company in high school, and the system we used to give numbers to people spit out ***-***-0666 for a priest.  He chuckled, but said we should probably change it.


Yeah, that's understandable.  He likely didn't care, but he'll be ministering to all kinds, so he has to avoid certain things.
 
2013-09-06 06:03:36 PM  

FrancoFile: ArcadianRefugee: Was just on Allegiant Air; no Row 13.

Also, oddly, no column "B"; seats are AC[aisle]DEF.

That's so C&D are consistently aisle seats, regardless of whether the plane is 4-, 5-, or 6-across.


So, the missing letter is plane-specific? Like, some planes might have ABC[]DEF?
 
2013-09-06 06:08:14 PM  
I live in a fairly multicultural city. In some buildings, there are many missing numbers in order to reflect various superstitions.  I've seen elevators that go something like: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18...
I think they should just name every floor with a noun and let people count however they want.  "I live in apartment Muskrat C.  It's three floors higher than Badger, so the views are stupendous."
 
2013-09-06 06:08:31 PM  
I sleep with a fan on.  Your move Korea.   How many Koreans lose sleep over fans?  Hell, do those same people ever think about the one in their computer?
 
2013-09-06 06:18:28 PM  

meat0918: Weatherkiss: Thanks, Obama!

You're welcome

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//Makes about as much sense as skipping the 13th floor.


Your realize it's now only a matter of time before someone claims that Obama is a werewolf & thus ineligible for the Presidency, don't you? Probably to be follow immediately by folk on the other side claiming werewolves have rights, and that e need to call them Lupine-Americans...

Wait, actually, I think we need to start writing a script.... First lycanthrope President? Hollywood should love it!
 
2013-09-06 06:28:33 PM  

Treygreen13: LtDarkstar: Just make the 13th floor a half floor for the little people... then throw in a portal into Malkovich's head and we're all set!

Like a mezzanine?


A relative lives in an apartment building where the 13th floor is labeled "Mezzanine" on the elevator. It is identical to all the other floors of apartments.
 
2013-09-06 06:43:09 PM  

FatherChaos: In Japan, they skip the 4th floor, or rooms with just the number 4.  The word for 4 in Japanese is "shi" which also can mean "death."  The office where I worked in Japan had 8 rooms, which were numbered, but the 4th room didn't have a number on it.


Same in China. I work in RE and was consulting on a luxury building in Flushing, Queens (huge Asian population, mostly Chinese) and we "dropped" the 4th floors. 8 is also a lucky number there, so we priced 8th Floor units higher. Not unsurprisingly, they sold first (lots of foreign investors too).
 
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