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Old 03-13-2011, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Nashua
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Last Summer we stayed in a hotel in China and were amused to see that they had a floor numbered 13 with the rooms 1301,1302 etc. ( We stayed on the 12th floor).
I know that in the U.S. no hotel or office building would number a floor 13 as few customers would rent offices or choose a room on that floor. Also when developers are building homes, they skip 13 for street addresses.
Is that just a Western thing or are other parts of the world that cater to Westerners aware of our feelings towards the number 13?
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I live in building 13, in my American apartment complex, and my apartment number is 13**.. But the motor vehicle department refuses to issue a license plate with 666 in it. So many people sent them back, they just stopped making them.
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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I live in building 13, in my American apartment complex, and my apartment number is 13**.. But the motor vehicle department refuses to issue a license plate with 666 in it. So many people sent them back, they just stopped making them.
Now let's talk about the number 88...
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Old 03-13-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Nashua
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Ha! Ha1 Yes! The number 8 in Cantonese is pronounced "Fah" and it is the same sound as "Make money" so it is good luck. In China saw a motorcycle with the plate 8888. The owner must consider himself lucky to get that number!
It has been taken up in Mandarin speaking China too.
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:03 PM
 
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In some cultures the number 13 is considered a lucky number.
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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I have never stayed anywhere with a 13th floor and even when staying internationally it is always with hotels under U.S. brands for the most part, and if they are over 13 floors they always omit it too. I have seen room numbers with 666 in them though. When I do stay at other brands of hotels, they don't usually have 13 floors and are usually pretty old and have those super tiny elevators so I will definitely have to pay attention more in the future.

Either way, I wouldn't be worried if I stayed on the 13th floor or in a 666 room.
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne
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I think the other 6.5 billion people in the world are amused by the fact that Americans call the 13th story from the ground, the 14th.
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Old 03-13-2011, 03:53 PM
 
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I don't think it is a Western thing I think it is an American thing or maybe an Anglo thing.
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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In Korea its the number 4 (sa), using the old chinesse style of counting (They have two ways of counting in Korea depending on what it is you are counting). Sa roughly translates into death.

You will often find builings without a 4th floor, train stations without a platform 4 etc. No idea if they have the same thing in China. Will have to have a better look next time I am there.
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:38 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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It's amazing Americans are so irrationally superstitious to not have a 13th floor. In my personal experience there's been nothing unlucky about the number 13. None whatsoever .
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