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(News.com.au)   Ever wonder why Michael Jordan wore #23 when his favorite number was 45? Why did Alex Rodriguez pick #13? Or, why do Japanese players refuse to wear #4? Yes, it's a numbers game   (news.com.au) divider line 21
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2014-08-09 11:47:08 AM  
No
 
2014-08-09 12:03:43 PM  
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2014-08-09 12:07:53 PM  
I thought it was common knowledge by now that Japan and nearby countries treat the number 4 the same way the West treats the number 13.

/maybe I'm being presumptuous
 
2014-08-09 12:09:15 PM  
I was a bigger fan of the other #23, Ryne Sandberg.
 
2014-08-09 12:11:40 PM  
Jordan's favorite numbers were 4 to 1

/I'll take those odds
 
2014-08-09 12:12:13 PM  
Because four is death.
 
2014-08-09 12:23:53 PM  
So you'll never see a Japanese person wearing a Bobby Orr sweater?
 
2014-08-09 12:26:49 PM  

snake_beater: I thought it was common knowledge by now that Japan and nearby countries treat the number 4 the same way the West treats the number 13.

/maybe I'm being presumptuous


I did not know this.
 
2014-08-09 12:38:21 PM  

Jedekai: Because four is death.


This. The kanji for four (死, shi) is the same as the kanji for death. They are superstitious enough about it that they even made up a separate word for four (yon) to avoid that connotation. Many hospitals and public buildings don't have a fourth floor, like some buildings here in the US don't have a thirteenth floor.

Likewise, nine (kyu) is also unpopular as the kanji can also be read as "pain".

/より多くのあなたが知っている...
 
2014-08-09 12:45:05 PM  
No, we all know about MJ's #23 an 45. Something about his brother and wanting to be half as good as him. The story has been told and epitomized and glorified so many times that you'd think The Lady of the Lake toss him the jerseys with the numbers on them.
 
2014-08-09 12:57:00 PM  
The Japanese sure like wearing #2.

o_o porn
 
2014-08-09 01:06:37 PM  
A-F*ck Off picked 13 because his old number 3 was used by some dame named Babe Ruth
 
2014-08-09 01:38:55 PM  

WTF Indeed: A-F*ck Off picked 13 because his old number 3 was used by some dame named Babe Ruth


13 was in fallback because his favorite athlete (not counting himself) is Dan Marino.
 
2014-08-09 01:50:43 PM  

Mztlplx: Jedekai: Because four is death.

This. The kanji for four (死, shi) is the same as the kanji for death. They are superstitious enough about it that they even made up a separate word for four (yon) to avoid that connotation. Many hospitals and public buildings don't have a fourth floor, like some buildings here in the US don't have a thirteenth floor.

Likewise, nine (kyu) is also unpopular as the kanji can also be read as "pain".

/より多くのあなたが知っている...


Wrong, it's not the same kanji.
It's actually just a homophone association. 

四 is the proper kanji for the number four, which is simply read as shi (Japanese hiraganaし) which is then synonymously attributed towards the kanji for death (死) as it is also read as shi;otherwise in no way are their respective kanji characters physically characterized as anything resembling each other.
 
2014-08-09 01:56:53 PM  
A player named Neves wore a backwards "7" on his uniform...and the Braves' one-time player with
the number 17 on his jersey was given the name "Channel" (the Braves' games aired on Atlanta's
Channel 17, the ancestor of TBS).
 
2014-08-09 02:05:57 PM  

Li'l Robbie: A player named Neves wore a backwards "7" on his uniform...and the Braves' one-time player with
the number 17 on his jersey was given the name "Channel" (the Braves' games aired on Atlanta's
Channel 17, the ancestor of TBS).


My favorite current sports nickname belongs to Marc Rzepczynski, who calls him "Scrabble."
 
2014-08-09 02:29:14 PM  

Mztlplx: Jedekai: Because four is death.

This. The kanji for four (死, shi) is the same as the kanji for death. They are superstitious enough about it that they even made up a separate word for four (yon) to avoid that connotation. Many hospitals and public buildings don't have a fourth floor, like some buildings here in the US don't have a thirteenth floor.

Likewise, nine (kyu) is also unpopular as the kanji can also be read as "pain".

/より多くのあなたが知っている...


So you wouldn't want to be the dressed to the nines by the Dread Pirate Roberts.
 
2014-08-09 06:32:29 PM  

Jedekai: Because four is death.


Man is 5.
Devil is 6.
That must make me 7.

/The roof.
 
2014-08-09 08:12:51 PM  
7 8 9
 
2014-08-10 02:46:12 AM  

Mztlplx: Jedekai: Because four is death.

This. The kanji for four (死, shi) is the same as the kanji for death. They are superstitious enough about it that they even made up a separate word for four (yon) to avoid that connotation. Many hospitals and public buildings don't have a fourth floor, like some buildings here in the US don't have a thirteenth floor.

Likewise, nine (kyu) is also unpopular as the kanji can also be read as "pain".

/より多くのあなたが知っている...


And, if you ever go to a casino and play Pai Gao, you'll notice that they have numbered slots for each player. But the number 4 is omitted.
 
2014-08-10 08:42:51 AM  

ninthkeys: Mztlplx: Jedekai: Because four is death.

This. The kanji for four (死, shi) is the same as the kanji for death. They are superstitious enough about it that they even made up a separate word for four (yon) to avoid that connotation. Many hospitals and public buildings don't have a fourth floor, like some buildings here in the US don't have a thirteenth floor.

Likewise, nine (kyu) is also unpopular as the kanji can also be read as "pain".

/より多くのあなたが知っている...

Wrong, it's not the same kanji.
It's actually just a homophone association. 

四 is the proper kanji for the number four, which is simply read as shi (Japanese hiraganaし) which is then synonymously attributed towards the kanji for death (死) as it is also read as shi;otherwise in no way are their respective kanji characters physically characterized as anything resembling each other.


Are you confusing Japanese with Chinese? In Mandarin and Cantonese, four is pronounced similar to death (although with different pitch). I'm guessing some of that carried over when the Japanese pretty much copy and pasted the Chinese language for theirs couple thousand years ago.
 
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