Tetraphobia. The Unlucky Number 4

Did you know that in some cultures, Eastern asian Cultures the number 4 is considered an unlucky number just like 13 is in the western world? Apparently it has something to do with the fact that in some of these cultures the name of number four also has a different meaning often related to death.

While this is more a superstition than anything else the number 4 in both floors, apartments and rooms, this is especially the case in some hospitals. Other examples of Tetraphobia are that in some countries products that have the number 4 in the name have their names changed so they can be sold in some countries. China decided not to try to host the 2004 Olympics because number 4 is extremely unpopular and instead decided to apply for host of the 2008 Olympics which they ended up hosting. The number 4 is avoided sometimes as military designation for planes and ships in some Asian military forces, just like 13 is avoided as a designation number for planes in american and other western military forces.

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The people on this building avoided numbers 4, 14 and 13 (Just to be safe)

In some cases numbers formed by the combination of 4 and another number are considered more unlucky than just four by itself. For example 14 and 44 in South Korea  which can be pronounced as “Time to be Deceased”  and “Died and Deceased”. In China 14 and 74 which mean “Wants to die” and “Is going to die”. In Japan 24 and 49 which mean “Double Death” and “To suffer until death”.

Of course this superstition surrounding the number 4 has been used for financial gain. Some buildings in Hong Kong skip from floor 40 to floor 49 with that excuse  but the true reason behind it is that apartment or hotel rooms in the higher floors are more expensive than those in the lower floors and the higher the floor number the higher the price of the apartment or hotel room.

  • Beastly beast

    I’ve got four balls so number 4 is factually a lucky number.

    • ….wat?

    • PQG 1991

      I’m sorry to tell you this man, but you will probably be castrated for having such an unlucky number of balls (the fact that you referred some balls or “your balls” is of no importance)

  • Bulgingsnake

    I hate the number ‘minus 57’!

    • PQG 1991

      Such an unlucky number

      • Bulgingsnake

        NO, an extremely lucky number! I walked in on minus 57 banging my female, that’s why I hate it!

  • One Mat Gang

    What about The Four Horsemen, Colt 45, fore play, foreskins, foursomes, I love all these things!?

    • PQG 1991

      All unlucky according to the asians

      • One Mat Gang

        Damn! I’d better start going to the Gypsies for my fortune telling instead of the Chinese.

    • RockMomster

      You love foursomes with foreskins?

      • One Mat Gang

        First the Four Horsemen and I drink Colt 45, then we do a four way sword fight as foreplay. Then they bang each other and I watch. I’m not allowed to participate in Horsemen activities.

  • Mr. Perfect

    In Eastern Countries, the way you say ‘Four’ Sounds like the word used for ‘death’. It’s not the same way we look at 13. To them, when you say I’m going to the ‘fourth floor’ it sounds like you are saying ‘death floor’. My wife tells me this all the time when the #4 comes up.

    • PQG 1991

      I know it’s explained in the post, what I meant when I said that
      four is like thirteen is that both are considered unlucky there ends the comparison. 4 Is considered unlucky because in many asian countries also means death and 13 is unlucky because of some judeo-christian superstitions

    • PQG 1991

      By the way if your wife tells you than whenever the number 4 comes up it’s because she is asian or a lover of asian culture?

  • Steve

    I think I’ll start yelling “DEATH!” when I hit a golf ball from now on. Maybe “DIE!”

    • PQG 1991

      I already do so, it’s really fun!